James Oliver Cromwell was born on 27 January 1940, in Los Angles, California USA, of German, Irish and British descent. He is an actor who may be best remembered for being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, for his role in the 1995 film “Babe”. James Cromwell is also known for literally standing-out, as his height is 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m), and this makes him the tallest actor nominated for an Academy Award.
So how rich is James Cromwell? Sources estimate that James’ net worth is over $10 million, his wealth having been earned from his long career as an actor which began in 1975.
James Cromwell Net Worth $10 Million
Although born in Los Angeles, Cromwell was raised in Manhattan, New York City. He is the son of actress Kay Johnson, and actor, director and producer John Cromwell, so certainly had an insight into the movie industry from an early age. He was educated at The Hill School, Middlebury College and Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University). Like his parents, he was initially drawn to the theater, performing in everything from Shakespeare to experimental plays.
Having first appeared on TV in “The Rockford Files” in 1974, in 1975, James Cromwell took his first lead role on television as Bill Lewis in the short-lived “Hot l Baltimore”, and appeared in “MASH” as Captain Leo Bardonaro. Cromwell has had additional successes on television throughout his career; playing the part of William Randolph Hearst, newspaper tycoon, in the television film “RKO 281” saw him nominated for an Emmy Award as the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Television Movie, followed by a second nomination for his role of Bishop Lionel Stewart in the medical drama series “ER” on NBC in 2004. These TV appearances added significantly to James’ net worth.
James’ more notable appearances on the big screen over more than 30 years in the industry include “Babe” in 1995, also “The Green Mile” in 1999, “The Sum of All Fears” in 2002, “24” in 2007, “The Artist” in 2011,“American Horror Story: Asylum” in 2012, and “Halt and Catch Fire” in 2015. All added modestly to his net worth.
Overall during his lengthy career, James has appeared in more than 60 films, and almost 100 TV productions, adequate testimony of his worth to, and popularity in the movie and TV industries. Additionally, James Cromwell has been nominated for an Oscar, four Emmy Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards during his career. He won the 2013 Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor for his role in “Still Mine” and the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role in “American Horror Story: Asylum”.
In his personal life, James Cromwell was married to Ann Ulvestad from 1976 to 1986, and they had three children. He was then married to actress Julie Cobb(1986-2005). He has been married to actress Anna Stuart since 2014.
Aside from acting, Cromwell has long been an advocate of progressive causes, particularly on animal rights. Also, in the late 1960s, he was a member of the “Committee to Defend the Panthers,” which had the aim of defending members of the Black Panther Party, imprisoned on conspiracy charges in New York, all of whom were subsequently released. Interviewed by CNN in 2004, Cromwell still praised the Panthers – clearly he is unafraid of controversy.
Date Of Birth
January 27, 1940
September 3, 1658, Palace of Whitehall, London
Place Of Birth
Los Angeles, California, United States
6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
The Hill School, Middlebury College, Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University)
Anna Stuart (m. 2014), Julie Cobb (m. 1986–2006), Anne Ulvestad (m. 1976–1986)
Kate Cromwell, Colin Cromwell, John Cromwell
John Cromwell, Kay Johnson
Jonathan Cromwell, Joan Cromwell, Margaret Cromwell, Robina Cromwell, Anna Cromwell, Jane Cromwell, Robert Cromwell, Jr., Catherine Cromwell, Elizabeth Cromwell, Henry Cromwell
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie (2013), Genie Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (2013)
Academy Awards For Best Supporting Actor (1996), Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (2000), Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (2012), Screen Actors Guild Awards,Critics’ Choice Television Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards
“Babe” (1995), “Star Trek: First Contact” (1996), “L.A. Confidential” (1997), “The Green Mil” (1999), “Space Cowboys” (2000), “The Sum of All Fears” (2002), “I, Robot” (2004), “The Artist” (2011)
Making the movie Babe (1995) opened my eyes to the intelligence and the inquisitive personalities of pigs. These highly social animals possess an amazing capacity for love, joy and sorrow that makes them remarkably similar to our beloved canine and feline friends.
I was embarrassed by the director, Blake Edwards, who looked at me and said, “What am I supposed to do with THAT?”. I was a little hurt to be referred to as an inanimate object at an audition. I was told by my agent that a number of big stars won’t work with anyone two inches taller than them and most of them are under six feet, so you have to be prepared to have trouble.
[on the Black Panthers movement of the 1960s] The goal of the government was to get all the leaders of the Black Panther Party in jail so that they could be killed systematically through prison violence, and that way they could stop what was a very powerful and evolving movement. I don’t think we would have the kind of prison population now and what happens in this country with the gangs if the Panthers had been allowed to continue what they decided to do, which was basically empower black communities to take back their self-control and reestablish the dignity of being a black person in this country.
[on his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Babe (1995)] Andy Warhol said everybody gets their 15 minutes of fame. And if this is mine, I couldn’t imagine a better 15 minutes.
He was awarded the 1979 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for “Terra Nova” at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
Grew up to be taller than both of his parents: his father was 6’3” and his mother was 5’4”. His son John is even taller than him standing at a height of 6’8”.
His Star Trek: First Contact (1996) character, Zefram Cochrane, first appeared on the original series episode “Metamorphosis” with Leonard Nimoy. Cromwell himself has never worked with Nimoy, but two of his other roles have connections to the role of Spock. Cromwell later appeared on American Horror Story with Zachary Quinto. The film L.A. Confidential (1997) features the historical character of LAPD Chief William H. Parker, a former colleague of Gene Roddenberry and the basis for the character Spock.
After focusing for decades on film and television, Cromwell returned to the stage in March 2012, after an absence of 13 years, in the role of Pozzo in Samuel Beckett‘s “Waiting for Godot” at the Los Angeles Mark Taper Forum. Prior to that, he appeared in Tom Stoppard‘s “The Invention of Love” at the ACT Theatre in 1999.
Was ranked 56 of Total Film’s Top 100 Greatest Movie Villains for his role as Captain Dudley Smith in L.A. Confidential (1997).
Known to be a passionate liberal who openly supports several progressive political causes. Is most outspoken about the protection of animals.
Worked with the Black Panthers in the 1960s.
He struggled somewhat early in his career due to his height and the fact that few producers wanted someone towering over their leading men. Many of his early roles show him seated or leaning on something.
Is the only actor to ever utter the words “Star Trek” on Star Trek itself. In the film Star Trek: First Contact (1996), his character Zefram Cochrane said to the crew, “…and you’re all astronauts on… some kind of star trek?”.
On July 3, 2001, he was arrested for trespassing during an animal rights demonstration in Virginia, targeting the Wendy’s fast food chain. He and four other PETA protesters refused to leave after urging patrons to boycott the restaurant. Cromwell was released on his own recognizance after about five hours. He was ordered to stay out of all Wendy’s restaurants in Virginia unless he intends to eat there.
Celebrity sponsor of the Great American Meatout on March 20, 2001.
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