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Hume Cronyn is a Actor and Writer American born on 19 july 1911 at London (Canada)

Hume Cronyn

Hume Cronyn
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Birth name Hume Blake Cronyn
Nationality USA
Birth 19 july 1911 at London (Canada)
Death 15 june 2003 (at 91 years) at Fairfield (USA)
Awards Officer of the Order of Canada, National Medal of Arts

Hume Blake Cronyn, Jr., OC (July 18, 1911 – June 15, 2003) was a Canadian-American actor of stage and screen, who enjoyed a long career, often appearing professionally alongside Jessica Tandy, his wife for over fifty years.


After he was widowed, Cronyn married author/playwright Susan Cooper (with whom he had co-written Foxfire) in July 1996. His 1991 autobiography was titled A Terrible Liar (ISBN 0-688-12844-0).

In 1979, Cronyn was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. In 1988, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Cronyn was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 1999. He died in 2003 of prostate cancer, aged 91.

Best films

The Pelican Brief (1993)
Cocoon (1985)
Cleopatra (1963)

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Filmography of Hume Cronyn (48 films)

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Off Season
Off Season (2001)
, 1h34
Directed by Bruce Davison
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Sherilyn Fenn, Hume Cronyn, Rory Culkin, Bruce Davison, Adam Arkin, Karin Konoval
Roles Sam Clausner
Rating56% 2.8064352.8064352.8064352.8064352.806435
After the death of his parents in a car crash, Jackson Mayhew (Culkin) is sent to live with his aunt who works in a hotel. He comes across an elderly gentleman named Sam who convinces Jackson that he is Santa Claus. A police officer eventually discovers that "Santa" is a con-artist wanted in several states for grand theft, fraud and other crimes
Yesterday's Children
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy
Actors Jane Seymour, Clancy Brown, Kyle Howard, Claire Bloom, Stanley Anderson, Hume Cronyn
Roles Old Sonny Sutton
Rating69% 3.497373.497373.497373.497373.49737
Jenny Cole vit avec son mari et son fils aux États-Unis. Elle est enceinte d'un deuxième enfant et sujette à des rêves récurrents qui la transportent des décennies plus tôt dans une petite ville d'Irlande, où elle voit une femme, Mary Sutton, mère de quatre enfants et battue par un mari alcoolique. Jenny en parle à sa mère, qui lui montre les dessins qu'elle faisait quand elle était enfant. À sa grande surprise, ses visions sont identiques aux dessins. Jenny et sa mère font des recherches au cadastre et apprennent que les visions correspondent à un petit village du comté de Fingal, Malahide, dans les années 1930. Jenny décide de se rendre en Irlande avec sa famille pour éclaircir le mystère qui plane autour de la famille Sutton, persuadée d'être chargée d'une mission.
12 Angry Men, 1h57
Directed by William Friedkin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott, Tony Danza, Hume Cronyn, Edward James Olmos, Ossie Davis
Roles Juror 9
Rating77% 3.898123.898123.898123.898123.89812
When the final closing arguments have been presented to the judge, she gives her instructions to the jury, all of whom are men. In the United States, the verdict in criminal cases must be unanimous. A non-unanimous verdict results in a hung jury which in turn forces a mistrial. The question they are deciding is whether the defendant, a teenage boy from a city slum, murdered his father. The jury is further instructed that a guilty verdict will be accompanied by a mandatory death sentence. (Under current American criminal law, a defendant must first be found guilty, and then the jury in the sentencing phase must find an aggravating circumstance and unanimously agree to recommend the death penalty, if the state has the death penalty.) The jury of twelve retires to the jury room where they begin to become acquainted with each other's personalities and discuss the case.
Marvin's Room, 1h38
Directed by Jerry Zaks
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about families, Medical-themed films, Théâtre, Films about cancer, Films based on plays
Actors Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Hume Cronyn, Gwen Verdon
Roles Marvin Wakefield
Rating66% 3.3497953.3497953.3497953.3497953.349795
A man who had a stroke 17 years ago (Hume Cronyn) is left incapacitated and bed-ridden. He has been cared for by his daughter Bessie (Diane Keaton) in their Florida home, and totally ignored by his other daughter, Lee (Meryl Streep), who moved to Ohio with her husband 20 years ago and has never contacted her family. Now, however, Bessie's doctor has informed her that she has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant and she turns to her sister for help. Lee, in turn, turns to her son Hank (Leonardo DiCaprio), who has been committed to a mental institution for setting fire to his mother's house. When Lee finds that she may have to take over her father's care, she at first begins shopping around for nursing homes. Eventually, however, the once-estranged family grows close.
The Pelican Brief, 2h21
Directed by Alan J. Pakula
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about writers, Films about journalists, Political films
Actors Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Sam Shepard, Hume Cronyn, Stanley Tucci, John Heard
Roles Justice Rosenberg
Rating65% 3.299883.299883.299883.299883.29988
Two Supreme Court justices are assassinated by the professional assassin "Sam" Khamel (Stanley Tucci).
Broadway Bound, 2h
Directed by Paul Bogart
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Anne Bancroft, Corey Parker, Hume Cronyn, Jonathan Silverman, Jerry Orbach, Michele Lee
Roles Ben
Rating63% 3.1885053.1885053.1885053.1885053.188505
The play is about Eugene and his older brother, Stanley, dealing with their parents' relationship falling apart as the brothers work together toward being comedy writers for the radio, and, eventually, television.
Day One
Day One (1989)
, 2h21
Directed by Joseph Sargent
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Environmental films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Aviation films, Documentary films about environmental issues, Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Documentary films about nuclear technology, Documentary films about technology, Political films, Documentary films about World War II
Actors Brian Dennehy, David Strathairn, Michael Tucker, Hume Cronyn, Richard A. Dysart, Hal Holbrook
Roles James F. Byrnes
Rating73% 3.680133.680133.680133.680133.68013
When Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard leaves Europe he eventually arrives in the United States where, with the help of Albert Einstein, he persuades the Federal government to build an atomic bomb. General Leslie Groves selects physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer to head the Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico, where the bomb is built. As World War II draws to a close, Szilard (whose idea was responsible for the progress made) has second thoughts about atomic weapons and debates how and when to use the bomb.
Cocoon: The Return, 1h56
Directed by Daniel Petrie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Adventure, Romance
Themes Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Charles Lampkin, Jack Gilford, Maureen Stapleton
Roles Joe Finley
Rating54% 2.728942.728942.728942.728942.72894
Five years after they left, the Antareans return to Earth to rescue the cocoons that were left behind. Before they can be retrieved, one of the cocoons is discovered by a science research team and taken to a secure laboratory for testing. The aliens and their human allies must find a way to retrieve the cocoon in time for their rendezvous with the rescue ship, while the humans travelling with them must decide whether to return to Antarea or stay on Earth and become mortal again.
*batteries not included, 1h46
Directed by Matthew Robbins
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Fantasy, Comic science fiction
Themes Comedy science fiction films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Peña, Michael Carmine, Tom Aldredge
Roles Frank Riley
Rating66% 3.300333.300333.300333.300333.30033
Frank and Faye Riley (Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy), an elderly couple who run an apartment building and café in the run-down East Village neighborhood, come under threat by a nearby property development. The development manager, Lacey sends a hoodlum named Carlos and his gang of thugs to bribe the couple and their tenants to move out. When the tenants resist, Carlos and his thugs punch through artist Mason Baylor's (Dennis Boutsikaris) door, intimidate pregnant single mother Marisa Esteval (Elizabeth Peña) and break retired boxer Harry Knoble's (Frank McRae) jar of tiles. After Frank Riley refuses to move, Carlos vandalizes the café.
Foxfire (1987)
, 1h38
Directed by Jud Taylor
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Actors Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Gary Grubbs, John Denver, Collin Wilcox
Roles Hector Nations
Rating66% 3.3426453.3426453.3426453.3426453.342645
Andie Nation a passé toute sa vie dans les montagnes de Blue Ridge avec son mari Hector...
Cocoon (1985)
, 1h53
Directed by Ron Howard
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Vieillesse, Films based on science fiction novels, Comedy science fiction films, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Films set in Atlantis
Actors Don Ameche, Wilford Brimley, Hume Cronyn, Brian Dennehy, Jack Gilford, Steve Guttenberg
Roles Joseph Finley
Rating66% 3.3491653.3491653.3491653.3491653.349165
About 10,000 years ago, peaceful aliens from the planet Antarea set up an outpost on the planet Earth, on an island later known to mankind as Atlantis. When Atlantis sank, twenty aliens were left behind, kept alive in large rock-like cocoons at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Now a group of Antareans have returned to Earth to collect them. Disguising themselves as humans, they rent a house with a swimming pool, and charge the water with "life force" to give the cocooned Antareans energy to survive the trip home. They charter a boat from a local captain named Jack (Steve Guttenberg) who helps them retrieve the cocoons. Jack likes Kitty (Tahnee Welch), a beautiful woman from the team who chartered his boat. When he spies on her while she undresses in her cabin, Jack is shocked when he discovers she is an alien. After the aliens reveal themselves to him and explain what's going on, he decides to help them.
Brewster's Millions, 1h37
Directed by Walter Hill
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Sports films, Baseball films
Actors John Candy, Richard Pryor, Lonette McKee, Stephen Collins, Rick Moranis, David White
Roles Rupert Horn
Rating65% 3.250173.250173.250173.250173.25017
Monty Brewster is a Minor League Baseball pitcher with the Hackensack Bulls. He and his best friend Spike Nolan, the catcher for the Bulls, are arrested after a post-game bar fight and cannot afford bail. A stranger offers bail, if they will come to New York City with him. At the Manhattan law office of Granville & Baxter, Brewster is told that his recently deceased great-uncle Rupert Horn, whom he has never met, has left him his entire fortune but with several conditions.
Impulse (1984)
, 1h31
Directed by Graham Baker
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Themes Disaster films, American disaster films
Actors Tim Matheson, Meg Tilly, Hume Cronyn, Bill Paxton, John Karlen, Peter Jason
Roles Dr. Carr
Rating57% 2.894952.894952.894952.894952.89495
The film is about the residents of a small rural town whose inhabitants start to exhibit strange and violent behavior after a small earthquake ruptures the seal on a toxic waste burial site. The toxic material has migrated into the town's local dairy milk supply. Stuart, played by Tim Matheson, and his girlfriend Jennifer, played by Meg Tilly, come to the town to visit her hospitalized mother. The couple begin to notice increasingly odd behavior by several of the townspeople. Although Stuart drinks the local milk, Jennifer does not. As the day progresses, the townspeople and Stuart begin to exhibit signs of violent and extreme sexual behavior. Jennifer visits her friend Margo (Amy Stryker) where she observes evidence that she broke her son's arm. When Jennifer tries to leave in her car, she can't because the kids have slashed her ties. When she tries to leave in Margo's car, the kids trap her in the garage and set it on fire. Jennifer barely escapes with her life. The local doctor (Hume Cronyn) euthanizes Jennifer's mother then takes his own life. Stuart discovers that Jennifer's brother Eddie (Bill Paxton) harbors incestuous feelings for her and kills him. As the town descends into chaos and Stuart becomes violent, Jennifer flees in a pickup truck but gets stuck outside of town.