James Cromwell earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his memorable performance as Farmer Hoggett in the international smash, Babe (1995) and went on to play the role in the hit sequel, Babe: Pig in the City (1998). Other memorable motion picture work includes the Academy Award-winning phenomenon The Artist (2011), The Longest Yard (2005), I, Robot (2004), Frank Darabont’s critically-acclaimed The Green Mile (1999), Stephen Frears’ Oscar-nominated The Queen (2006), Secretariat (2010), Spider-Man 3, and L.A. Confidential (1997), among many others. Cromwell starred in Samuel Goldwyn Films’ Still Mine opposite Geneviève Bujold (Toronto Film Festival Premiere/Top Ten Canadian Films of 2012), winning the Best Actor Award at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards (a Genie Award), and the Best Actor Award at the Seattle International Film Festival for his performance. In 2014, he starred opposite Kate Beckinsale in Trials of Cate McCall directed by Karen Moncrieff and will be seen next in 2016 appearing in The Promise, which stars Oscar Isaac.
Cromwell won a 2013 Emmy Award for his turn opposite Jessica Lange and Lily Rabe on American Horror Story: Asylum. He followed that in 2014 playing erudite, tough-as-nails defense attorney Warren Daniels on season one of the TNT/Steven Bochco series Murder in the First opposite Richard Schiff, Taye Diggs, and Tom Felton. Cromwell recurred as Andrew Mellon on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, starred on the ABC series Betrayal as mysterious millionaire industrialist Thatcher Karsten, and appeared on the Fox series 24 as Phillip Bauer, father of main character Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). He earned multiple Emmy Award nominations for his work on the HBO original series Six Feet Under, the HBO movie RKO 281 (1999) and the NBC drama ER. His body of work encompasses dozens of miniseries and Movies-of-the-week, including TNT’s A Slight Case of Murder (1999), HBO’s Angels in America (2003), The West Wing, Picket Fences, Home Improvement, L.A. Law and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He recently starred opposite Lee Pace in a season-long arc on AMC’s series Halt and Catch Fire and will next been seen in the HBO miniseries The Young Pope opposite Jude Law and Diane Keaton.
Cromwell has also performed in many revered plays, including the Centennial Los Angeles production of Waiting for Godot, Hamlet, The Iceman Cometh, Devil’s Disciple, All’s Well That Ends Well, Beckett and Othello, in many of the country’s most distinguished theatres, including the South Coast Repertory, the Goodman Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, the American Shakespeare Festival, Center Stage, the Long Wharf Theatre and the Old Globe. He played A. E. Houseman in the American premiere of Tom Stoppard’s The Invention of Love at A.C.T. in San Francisco. Cromwell has directed at resident theatres across the country, and was the founder and artistic director of his own company, StageWest, in Springfield, Mass. In 2014, he starred as ‘Rupert Murdoch’ in David Williamson’s play Rupert at Theatre Royal in Sydney, Australia.
Born in Los Angeles, Cromwell grew up in New York and Waterford, Connecticut, and studied at Carnegie Mellon University (then Carnegie Tech). His father, John Cromwell, an acclaimed actor and director, was one of the first presidents of the Screen Directors Guild. His mother, Kay Johnson, was a stage and film actress.