James Cromwell

James Cromwell

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.

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2018Jurassic World: Fallen KingdomSir Benjamin Lockwood2018-06-22
2017MarshallThe Judge2017-10-13
2017The PromiseHenry Morgenthau Sr.2017-04-21
201650 Years of Star Trekhimself2016-08-14
2016The Perfect Crime: Leopold & LoebNarrator2016-02-09
2015Night VetDr. Abel Evergood2015-02-13
2014Big Hero 6Professor Robert Callaghan (voice)2014-11-07
2014The Trials of Cate McCallJustice Sumpter2014-04-05
2013Still MineCraig Morrison2013-07-12
2012Soldiers of FortuneHaussman2012-08-03
2012Hide AwayThe Ancient Mariner2012-05-25
2012Cowgirls n' AngelsTerence Parker2012-05-25
2011The ArtistClifton2011-10-14
2011Memorial DayBud Vogel2011-06-06
2011Farm to FridgeNarrator2011-02-01
2010Pope Pius XIIPope Pius XII2010-10-31
2010SecretariatOgden Phipps2010-10-08
2009SurrogatesDr. Lionel Canter2009-09-25
2009The Last Days of Lehman BrothersHenry 'Hank' Paulson2009-09-09
2009Starz Inside - Unforgettably EvilHimself2009-07-26
2009A Lonely Place for DyingHoward Simons2009-01-01
2008W.George Herbert Walker Bush2008-10-17
2008TorturedJack2008-09-16
2008Last Impact - Der EinschlagLloyd2008-06-12
2007Becoming JaneMr. Austen2007-08-10
2007Spider-Man 3Captain Stacey2007-05-03
2006The QueenPrince Philip2006-09-30
2006King Leopold's Ghost2006-05-28
2006AvengerPaul Devereaux2006-04-09
2005Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton LegacyNarrator2005-10-04
2005The Longest YardWarden Hazen2005-05-27
2004I, RobotDr. Alfred Lanning2004-07-16
2003BlackballRay Speight2003-05-18
2003The Snow WalkerWalter "Shep" Shepherd2003-01-01
2002The Sum of All FearsPresident Robert Bob Fowler2002-05-31
2002Spirit: Stallion of the CimarronThe Colonel (voice)2002-05-24
2002Project ViperMP 12002-05-15
2002RFKPresident Lyndon Baines Johnson2002-01-01
2001RaptorBenny2001-11-06
2000Space CowboysBob Gerson2000-07-31
2000Fail SafeGordon Knapp2000-04-09
1999Snow Falling on CedarsJudge Fielding1999-12-22
1999The Green MileWarden Hal Moores1999-12-10
1999RKO 281William Randolph Hearst1999-11-20
1999The BachelorThe Priest1999-11-05
1999A Slight Case of MurderJohn Edgarson1999-09-19
1999The General's DaughterLt. Gen. Joseph Campbell1999-06-18
1998Babe: Pig in the CityFarmer Arthur Hoggett1998-11-25
1998Deep ImpactAlan Rittenhouse1998-05-08
1998Species IISenator Judson Ross1998-04-10
1998Owd BobAdam MacAdam1998-01-01
1997The Education of Little TreeNonno1997-12-25
1997L.A. ConfidentialCap. Dudley Liam Smith1997-09-19
1996Star Trek: First ContactDr. Zefram Cochrane1996-11-21
1996The People vs. Larry FlyntCharles Keating1996-10-13
1996EraserWilliam Donohue1996-06-21
1995BabeFarmer Arthur Hoggett1995-08-03
1995Indictment: The McMartin TrialJudge Pounders1995-01-01
1994The Shaggy DogCharlie1994-11-12
1994Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds In LoveMr. Skolnick1994-05-09
1994Romeo Is BleedingCage1994-02-04
1992The BabeBrother Mathias1992-04-17
1990Miracle LandingB.J Cocker1990-02-11
1988The RescueAdm. Rothman1988-08-05
1987Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in ParadiseMr. Skolnick1987-07-10
1985ExplorersMr. Müller1985-07-12
1984Revenge of the NerdsMr. Skolnick1984-07-20
1984TankDeputy Euclid Baker1984-03-16
1984The House of GodOfficer Quick1984-01-01
1983The Man with Two BrainsRealtor1983-06-10
1982The RainmakerNoah Curry1982-10-23
1982Barefoot In the ParkHarry Pepper1982-03-20
1981Nobody's PerfektDr. Carson1981-08-07
1980A Christmas Without SnowReverend Lohman1980-12-09
1978Peeping TimesBernard Mantee1978-01-25
1977Deadly GameDeputy Malcolm Rossiter Jr.1977-12-01
1977Deadly GameDeputy Malcom Rossiter Jr.1977-12-01
1977The Girl in the Empty GraveDeputy Malcolm Rossiter Jr.1977-09-20
1976Murder by DeathMarcel1976-06-23
1955Daddy Long LegsExtra (uncredited)1955-05-05
1970The ImmortalGrandfather