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Hume Cronyn (1911–2003)

Hume Cronyn was born on July 18, 1911 in London, Ontario, Canada as Hume Blake Cronyn Jr. He was an actor and producer, known for Cocoon (1985), *batteries not included (1987) and Shadow of a Doubt (1943). He was married to Susan Cooper, Jessica Tandy and Emily Woodruff. He died on June 15, 2003 in Fairfield, Connecticut, USA. See full bio »

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Cocoon Joe Finley
*batteries not included
Shadow of a Doubt
Shadow of a Doubt Herbie Hawkins
The Pelican Brief
The Pelican Brief Justice Rosenberg


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 2004 A Separate Peace (TV Movie)
Professor Carmichael
 2001 Off Season (TV Movie)
Sam Clausner
 2000 Yesterday's Children (TV Movie)
Old Sonny Sutton
 1999 Santa and Pete (TV Movie)
Saint Nick
 1999 Sea People (TV Movie)
Mr. John McRae
 1999 Seasons of Love (TV Series)
- Episode #1.2 (1999) ... Lonzo
- Episode #1.1 (1999) ... Lonzo
 1998 Angel Passing (Short)
 1997 Alone (TV Movie)
John Webb
 1997 12 Angry Men (TV Movie)
Juror #9
 1995 People: A Musical Celebration (TV Movie)
Grandpa (voice)
 1994 Camilla
 1993 The Pelican Brief
Justice Rosenberg
 1993 To Dance with the White Dog (TV Movie)
Robert Samuel Peek
 1992 Broadway Bound (TV Movie)
 1991 Christmas on Division Street (TV Movie)
Cleveland Meriwether
 1989 Age-Old Friends (TV Movie)
John Cooper
 1989 Day One (TV Movie)
James F. Byrnes
 1987 Foxfire (TV Movie)
Hector Nations
 1984 Impulse
Dr. Carr
 1982 The World According to Garp
Mr. Fields
 1981 The Gin Game (TV Movie)
Weller Martin
 1981 Rollover
Maxwell Emery
 1981 Honky Tonk Freeway
 1976 33 Hours in the Life of God (TV Movie)
Dr. Jaffe
 1974 Conrack
Mr. Skeffington (School Superintendent)
 1972 Norman Corwin Presents (TV Series)
- A Foreign Field (1972)
 1970 There Was a Crooked Man...
Dudley Whinner
 1969 Gaily, Gaily
Tim Grogan
 1969 The Arrangement
Arthur Houghton
 1964/I Hamlet
 1961 Naked City (TV Series)
Professor Henry J. Fallon
- C3H5(NO3)3 (1961) ... Professor Henry J. Fallon
 1960 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Charles King
- Good Citizen (1960) ... Charles King
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Jack Boyle
- Juno and the Paycock (1960) ... Jack Boyle
 1960 Juno and the Paycock (TV Movie)
 1959 A Doll's House (TV Movie)
Nils Krogstad
 1956-1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Henry Daw / Fitzhugh Oldham
- The Impromptu Murder (1958) ... Henry Daw
- Kill with Kindness (1956) ... Fitzhugh Oldham
 1956-1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Benedict Arnold Brummel / Ralph Whittemarc
- Ah There, Beau Brummel (1958) ... Benedict Arnold Brummel
- The Pot of Gold (1956) ... Ralph Whittemarc
 1958 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Henry Goodens / Hap Martin
- Thanks to You (1958) ... Henry Goodens
- Windfall (1958) ... Hap Martin
 1958 Telephone Time (TV Series)
Alfred Nobel
 1957 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Mr. Shaw
- Little Miss Bedford (1957) ... Mr. Shaw
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Wilbur Meeler
- Clothes Make the Man (1957) ... Wilbur Meeler
 1949-1957 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Ellis Davenport / Mr. Moore / Ben Hecht
- A Member of the Family (1957) ... Ellis Davenport
- The Five Dollar Bill (1957) ... Mr. Moore
- Public Servant (1951)
- Boy Meets Girl (1949) ... Ben Hecht
 1956-1957 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Ralph Grimes / Wise Gentleman / Sam Pickens
- No License to Kill (1957) ... Ralph Grimes
- The Big Wave (1956) ... Wise Gentleman
- The Confidence Man (1956) ... Sam Pickens
 1956 Chrysler Festival (TV Series)
 1956 Crowded Paradise
George Heath
 1956 Climax! (TV Series)
Reverend Mr. Muldoon
- The Fifth Wheel (1956) ... Reverend Mr. Muldoon
 1955 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Ben Marriott
- Christmas 'til Closing (1955) ... Ben Marriott
 1950-1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Ben Marriott
- Christmas 'til Closing (1955) ... Ben Marriott
 1953-1955 Omnibus (TV Series)
Harold 'Mitch' Mitchell / Bartender
- Glory in the Flower (1953) ... Bartender
 1955 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
- The Fourposter (1955) ... Michael
 1954 The Marriage (TV Series)
Ben Marriott / Narrator
- The Dreamer (1954) ... Ben Marriott
- Inside Bobby Logan (1954) ... Ben Marriott
- Episode #1.6 (1954) ... Ben Marriott
- Episode #1.5 (1954) ... Ben Marriott
- Episode #1.4 (1954) ... Ben Marriott
 1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series)
Anthony Updyke
- The Family Man (1954) ... Anthony Updyke
 1951 People Will Talk
Prof. Rodney Elwell
 1951 Betty Crocker Star Matinee (TV Series)
- The Weak Spot (1951)
 1949-1950 Suspense (TV Series)
Sig / Dr. Violet
- I'm No Hero (1950) ... Sig
- Red Wine (1950)
- Dr. Violet (1949) ... Dr. Violet
 1949-1950 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Harry Binion / Hugo Barnstead
- Room Service (1950) ... Harry Binion
- One Sunday Afternoon (1949) ... Hugo Barnstead
 1949 Top o' the Morning
Hughie Devine
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series)
 1948 The Bride Goes Wild
John McGrath
 1946 The Secret Heart
Dinner Party Guest (voice, uncredited)
 1946 The Green Years
Papa Leckie
 1945 The Sailor Takes a Wife
Freddie Potts
 1945 Ziegfeld Follies
Monty ('A Sweepstakes Ticket')
 1945 Main Street After Dark
 1944 Blonde Fever
Diner at Inn (uncredited)
 1943 The Cross of Lorraine
 1943 Phantom of the Opera
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Show Show Writer (4 credits)
Show Show Second Unit Director or Assistant Director (3 credits)
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Stage Play: The Egghead. Drama. Written by Molly Day Thatcher. Scenic Design by Richard Sylbert [earliest Broadway credit]. Directed by Hume Cronyn. Ethel Barrymore Theatre: 9 Oct 1957- 26 Oct 1957 (21 performances). Cast: Karl Malden (as "Hank Parson"), Eduard Franz (as "Gottfried Roth"), Phyllis Love (as "Sally Parson"), Biff McGuire (as... See more »

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2 Print Biographies | 1 Interview | 5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


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[on working with Hitchcock] It was all cut in his head. You shot from the angle he wanted shot, with the result that very little film ended up on the floor. You really felt that you were in the presence of someone who was a real master of the craft. See more »


The original screenplay of The Locket (1946), called "What Nancy Wanted", was written by Norma Barzman, who was married to writer Ben Barzman, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy "Red Scare" period of the 1940s and 1950s. She sold the script to Cronyn, who planned to direct the film with wife Jessica Tandy starring. Cronyn then sold the script to RKO, which assigned Sheridan Gibney to rewrite... See more »

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