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Hume Cronyn was a famed Canadian-American actor

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BirthdayJuly 18, 1911
Died onJune 15, 2003
NationalityCanadian
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors
SpousesEmily Woodruff (m. 1934–1936), Jessica Tandy (m. 1942–1994), Susan Cooper (m. 1996–2003)
Known asHume Blake Cronyn Jr.
Childrens Christopher Cronyn, Tandy Cronyn
Birth PlaceLondon, Ontario, Canada
Height167cm
GenderMale
FatherHume Blake Cronyn Sr.
MotherFrances Amelia
Net Worth$1.6 million as Feb 21,2017
Sun SignCancer
Born inLondon, Ontario, Canada
Famous asActor
Died at Age91

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Who is Hume Cronyn?

Hume Cronyn was a renowned Canadian-American actor who appeared on both stage and screen. Born in London, Ontario, Canada, he made his acting debut with a supporting role in the play 'Hipper's Holiday'. He did several roles on stage throughout the next few years. He made his film debut playing a supporting role in Alfred Hitchcock's psychological thriller 'Shadow of a Doubt'. The film was nominated for an Oscar. Over the next few years, Cronyn appeared in numerous other successful films. He earned an Oscar nomination for his role in the film 'The Seventh Cross'. The film was also a commercial success. Other significant films of his career include 'Cocoon: The Return', a science fiction comedy drama film which was about some aliens and their human allies, who are in a search for certain cocoons. He also played an important role in the American drama film 'Marvin's Room'. It earned him a nomination for the 'Screen Actors Guild Award'. In recognition of his contribution to film and theatre, Cronyn has received several honors. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame and also into the Canadian Walk of Fame. He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada as well.

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Childhood & Early Life

Hume Blake Cronyn Jr. was born on 18 July 1911 in London, Ontario, in Canada. His father Hume Blake Cronyn Sr. was a businessman as a well as a Member of Parliament for London. His mother Frances Amelia was the heiress of the Labatt Brewing Company.

He attended the Elmwood School, and later went to Ridley College and McGill University for higher studies. During this time, he was also an amateur boxer. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts as well.

Career

Hume Cronyn made his Broadway debut in 1934, playing the role of a janitor in the play ‘Hipper’s Holiday’. Throughout the next few years, he played several other roles in theatre.

He made his film debut in the 1943 psychological thriller ‘Shadow of a Doubt’. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the film starred him in a supporting role. The movie earned a nomination for the Oscars. Cronyn’s next appearance was in Hitchcock’s survival thriller ‘Lifeboat’. The film starred him in a supporting role. It earned nominations for three Oscars.

In 1944, he played an important role in ‘The Seventh Cross’, a drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann. Set in Nazi Germany, the story revolved around a prisoner who escaped from a concentration camp. The film earned Cronyn a nomination for the Oscars. In 1946, he played a supporting role in the film ‘The Green Years’. The film was a huge hit, and earned two Oscar nominations.

Cronyn then worked on the screenplays of the movies ‘Rope’ (1948) and ‘Under Capricorn’ (1949).

He appeared in several films over the next few years, such as ‘Brute Force’ (1947), ‘Crowded Paradise’ (1956), ‘Sunrise at Campobello’ (1960) and ‘Cleopatra’ (1963). In 1964, he won the Tony Award for his performance in Richard Burton’s ‘Hamlet’.

Other significant films he appeared in include ‘There Was a Crooked Man…’, (1970), ‘Cocoon’(1985), ‘Cocoon: The Return’ (1988), and ‘Camilla’ (1994).

Throughout his career, he had also played guest roles in episodes of many TV shows. He had acted in several television movies including ‘A Doll’s House’ (1959), ‘The Gin Game’ (1981), ‘Foxfire’ (1987), ‘Age-old friends’ (1989), and ’12 Angry Men’ (1997).

Major Works

‘The Seventh Cross’, one of Hume Cronyn’s major works, was a 1944 drama film, directed by Fred Zinnemann. Other actors in the film included Spencer Tracy, Signe Hasso, Jessica Tandy, Herbert Rudley, Felix Bressart and Agnes Moorehead. Set in Nazi Germany, the story was about a prisoner who escapes from a concentration camp. The film was a commercial success, grossing $3.6 million on a budget of $1.3 million. It earned Cronyn his first and only Oscar nomination.

‘The Green Years’, a 1946 American drama film, was another one of Cronyn’s successful works. The film was directed by Victor Saville. It was based on a novel of the same name by AJ Cronin, which had released two years earlier. Along with Cronyn, the cast included Charles Coburn, Tom Drake, Beverley Tyler, Gladys Cooper and Dean Stockwell. The film was a commercial success and earned three times its budget. It also earned two Oscar nominations.

‘Cocoon’, another one of his major works, was an American sci-fi comedy drama directed by Ron Howard. The film was based on a novel of the same name by David Saperstein. The story was about a group of elderly people and their encounter with aliens. The film was a huge success commercially. It also won several awards including two Oscars. It was met with positive reviews from critics.

Cronyn played the lead role in ‘Age-Old Friends’, a 1989 TV drama film, which was written by Bob Larbey. The story revolved around two men at a retirement home who fight for their dignity and independence. The film won Cronyn the prestigious ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie’.

Awards & Achievements

Hume Cronyn’s role in the 1944 film ‘The Seventh Cross’ earned him an Oscar nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actor.’

He has won quite a few awards, including three Primetime Emmy Awards for the TV movies ‘Age-Old Friends’ (1989), ‘Broadway Bound’ (1992) and ‘To Dance with the White Dog’ (1993).

In 1964, Cronyn’s brilliant performance in Richard Burton’s ‘Hamlet’ won him the Tony Award.

In 1974, along with his wife Jessica Tandy, he was awarded with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Western Ontario.

Cronyn was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1979 and into the Canda’s Walk of Fame in 1999. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada as well.

Other honors that he received include the ‘125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal’ in 1992. In 2002, he received the Canadian version of the ‘Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal’.

Personal Life

Hume Cronyn’s first marriage to Emily Woodruff was short-lived and ended in divorce. He then married Jessica Tandy in 1942. The couple appeared together in several memorable movies. They had two children, a daughter Tandy, and a son Christopher. After Jessica passed away, Cronyn married Susan Cooper, an English author and playwright.

Cronyn died of prostate cancer on 15th June 2003, just a month shy of his 92nd birthday.

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Hume Cronyn awards

YearNameAward

Primetime Emmy Awards

1994Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialTo Dance with the White Dog (1993)
1992Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialBroadway Bound (1992)
1990Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialAge-Old Friends (1989)

Hume Cronyn biography timelines

  • // 18th Jul 1911
    Hume Blake Cronyn Jr. was born on 18 July 1911 in London, Ontario, in Canada. His father Hume Blake Cronyn Sr. was a businessman as a well as a Member of Parliament for London. His mother Frances Amelia was the heiress of the Labatt Brewing Company.
  • // 1934
    Hume Cronyn made his Broadway debut in 1934, playing the role of a janitor in the play ‘Hipper’s Holiday’. Throughout the next few years, he played several other roles in theatre.
  • // 1942
    Hume Cronyn’s first marriage to Emily Woodruff was short-lived and ended in divorce. He then married Jessica Tandy in 1942. The couple appeared together in several memorable movies. They had two children, a daughter Tandy, and a son Christopher. After Jessica passed away, Cronyn married Susan Cooper, an English author and playwright.
  • // 1943
    He made his film debut in the 1943 psychological thriller ‘Shadow of a Doubt’. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the film starred him in a supporting role. The movie earned a nomination for the Oscars. Cronyn’s next appearance was in Hitchcock’s survival thriller ‘Lifeboat’. The film starred him in a supporting role. It earned nominations for three Oscars.
  • // 1944 To 1946
    In 1944, he played an important role in ‘The Seventh Cross’, a drama film directed by Fred Zinnemann. Set in Nazi Germany, the story revolved around a prisoner who escaped from a concentration camp. The film earned Cronyn a nomination for the Oscars. In 1946, he played a supporting role in the film ‘The Green Years’. The film was a huge hit, and earned two Oscar nominations.
  • // 1944
    ‘The Seventh Cross’, one of Hume Cronyn’s major works, was a 1944 drama film, directed by Fred Zinnemann. Other actors in the film included Spencer Tracy, Signe Hasso, Jessica Tandy, Herbert Rudley, Felix Bressart and Agnes Moorehead. Set in Nazi Germany, the story was about a prisoner who escapes from a concentration camp. The film was a commercial success, grossing $3.6 million on a budget of $1.3 million. It earned Cronyn his first and only Oscar nomination.
  • // 1944
    Hume Cronyn’s role in the 1944 film ‘The Seventh Cross’ earned him an Oscar nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actor.’
  • // 1946
    ‘The Green Years’, a 1946 American drama film, was another one of Cronyn’s successful works. The film was directed by Victor Saville. It was based on a novel of the same name by AJ Cronin, which had released two years earlier. Along with Cronyn, the cast included Charles Coburn, Tom Drake, Beverley Tyler, Gladys Cooper and Dean Stockwell. The film was a commercial success and earned three times its budget. It also earned two Oscar nominations.
  • // 1948 To 1949
    Cronyn then worked on the screenplays of the movies ‘Rope’ (1948) and ‘Under Capricorn’ (1949).
  • // 1964
    In 1964, Cronyn’s brilliant performance in Richard Burton’s ‘Hamlet’ won him the Tony Award.
  • // 1974
    In 1974, along with his wife Jessica Tandy, he was awarded with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Western Ontario.
  • // 1979 To 1999
    Cronyn was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1979 and into the Canda’s Walk of Fame in 1999. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada as well.
  • // 1989
    Cronyn played the lead role in ‘Age-Old Friends’, a 1989 TV drama film, which was written by Bob Larbey. The story revolved around two men at a retirement home who fight for their dignity and independence. The film won Cronyn the prestigious ‘Primetime Emmy Award’ for ‘Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie’.
  • // 1992 To 2002
    Other honors that he received include the ‘125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal’ in 1992. In 2002, he received the Canadian version of the ‘Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal’.
  • // 15th Jun 2003
    Cronyn died of prostate cancer on 15th June 2003, just a month shy of his 92nd birthday.

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  • What is Hume Cronyn birthday?

    Hume Cronyn was born at 1911-07-18

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    Hume Cronyn was died at 2003-06-15

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    Hume Cronyn was died at age 91

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    Hume Cronyn was born in London, Ontario, Canada

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    Hume Cronyn's nationalities is Canadian

  • Who is Hume Cronyn spouses?

    Hume Cronyn's spouses is Emily Woodruff (m. 1934–1936), Jessica Tandy (m. 1942–1994), Susan Cooper (m. 1996–2003)

  • Who is Hume Cronyn childrens?

    Hume Cronyn's childrens is Christopher Cronyn, Tandy Cronyn

  • How tall is Hume Cronyn?

    Hume Cronyn's height is 167

  • Who is Hume Cronyn's father?

    Hume Cronyn's father is Hume Blake Cronyn Sr.

  • Who is Hume Cronyn's mother?

    Hume Cronyn's mother is Frances Amelia

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    Hume Cronyn is Cancer

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