James Cromwell

James Cromwell

  • Born on
    • January 27th, 1940
James Oliver Cromwell is an American film and television actor, probably best known for his role as Dr. Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact. He has been nominated for an Oscar, three Emmy Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards during his career. Cromwell was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Manhattan, New York. He was adopted by actress Kay Johnson and actor, director and producer John Cromwell, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. He was educated at The Hill School, Middlebury College and Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), where he studied engineering. Like both his parents, he was drawn to the theater, doing everything from Shakespeare to experimental plays. He has long been an advocate of leftist causes. In an October 2008 interview, he strongly attacked the Republican Party and the George W. Bush administration, saying their controversial foreign policy would "either destroy us or the entire planet." He became a vegetarian in 1974 after seeing a stockyard in Texas and experiencing the "smell, terror and anxiety." He became an ethical vegan while playing the character of Farmer Hoggett in the movie Babe in 1995. He frequently speaks out on issues regarding animal cruelty for PETA, largely the treatment of pigs. Cromwell was married to Anne Ulvestad from 1976 to 1986. They had three children. He married his second wife, Julie Cobb, on 29 May 1986.

Starring James Cromwell on Plex


Acting (76 Credits)

2020Emperor as John Brown
2020Operation Buffalo as Cranky
2019The Laundromat as Joseph David Martin
2019The Family (2019) as Douglas Coe
2018Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom as Benjamin Lockwood
2017Marshall as The Judge
2017Counterpart as Yanek
2016The Promise as Henry Morgenthau Sr.
2016The Young Pope as Cardinal Michael Spencer
2014Big Hero 6 as Professor Robert Callaghan (voice)
2013The Trials of Cate McCall as Justice Sumpter
2012Still Mine as Craig Morrison
2012Memorial Day as Bud Vogel
2012Cowgirls 'n Angels as Terence Parker
2012Soldiers of Fortune as Haussman
2011Hide Away as The Ancient Mariner
2011The Artist as Clifton
2010Secretariat as Ogden Phipps
2009Surrogates as Dr. Lionel Canter
2009Impact as Lloyd
2008Tortured as Jack
2008W. as George Herbert Walker BushWatch Free
2007Dante's Inferno as Virgil (voice)
2007Becoming Jane as Mr. Austen
2007Spider-Man 3 as Captain Stacey
2007Spider-Man 3 as Captain Stacey
2007Spider-Man 3 as Captain Stacey
2006The Queen as Prince Philip
2006Avenger as Paul Devereaux
2005The Longest Yard as Warden Hazen
2005Pope John Paul II as Cardinal Adam Sapieha
2004I, Robot as Dr. Alfred Lanning
2004Salem's Lot as Donald Callahan
2003The Snow Walker as Walter "Shep" Shepherd
2003Blackball as Ray Speight
2003A Carol Christmas as Ghost of Christmas Future (uncredited)
2003Angels in America as Henry
2002Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron as The Colonel (voice)
2002The Sum of All Fears as President Robert Bob Fowler
2002Project Viper as MP 1
2002The Magnificent Ambersons as Major Amberson
2001Raptor as Benny
2000Space Cowboys as Bob Gerson
2000Fail Safe as Gordon Knapp
1999RKO 281 as William Randolph Hearst
1999The General's Daughter as Lt. Gen. Joseph Campbell
1999A Slight Case of Murder as John Edgarson
1999The Green Mile as Warden Hal Moores
1999The Bachelor as The Priest
1999Snow Falling on Cedars as Judge Fielding
1998Babe: Pig in the City as Farmer Arthur Hoggett
1998Owd Bob as Adam MacAdamWatch Free
1998Species II as Senator Judson Ross
1998Deep Impact as Alan Rittenhouse
1997The Education of Little Tree as Nonno
1997L.A. Confidential as Dudley Smith
1996The People vs. Larry Flynt as Charles Keating
1996Eraser as William Donohue
1996Star Trek: First Contact as Dr. Zefram Cochrane
1995Babe as Farmer Arthur Hoggett
1995Indictment: The McMartin Trial as Judge Pounders
1994Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love as Mr. Skolnick
1993Romeo Is Bleeding as Cage
1992The Babe as Brother Mathias
1990Miracle Landing as B.J Cocker
1989Pink Cadillac
1988The Rescue as Adm. Rothman
1987Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise as Mr. Skolnick
1986A Fine Mess as Detective Blist
1985Explorers as Mr. Müller
1984Oh, God! You Devil as Priest
1984Tank as Deputy Euclid Baker
1984Revenge of the Nerds as Mr. Skolnick
1983The Man with Two Brains as Realtor
1976Murder by Death as Marcel Cassette
1955Daddy Long Legs as Extra (uncredited)


Take Plex everywhere.

Watch free anytime, anywhere, on almost any device.

  • Roku
  • Samsung
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android
  • Apple TV
  • Apple iOS
  • Chomecast
  • XBOX
  • nVidia
  • Vizio
  • PlayStation
  • LG

See the full list of supported devices