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Biography #2 (for Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron)

James Cromwell, one of the industry's busiest character actors, earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as Farmer Hoggett in the sleeper hit Babe. He also shared in the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Best Ensemble for the casts of The Green Mile and L.A. Confidential. In addition, Cromwell has recently received two Emmy Award nominations, one for his portrayal of William Randolph Hearst in RKO 281, and another for his guest role as a terminally ill Catholic Bishop in E.R.

Cromwell next stars as the President of the United States in The Sum of All Fears, based on the Tom Clancy novel. Among his many other film credits are Space Cowboys, Snow Falling on Cedars, The General's Daughter, Babe: Pig in the City, Deep Impact, Star Trek: First Contact, The Education of Little Tree, The People vs. Larry Flynt and Revenge of the Nerds.

A familiar face to television audiences, Cromwell most recently starred in A&E's presentation of The Magnificent Ambersons. He has also starred in such longform projects as CBS's live airing of Fail Safe, A Death in the Family, A Slight Case of Murder, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, In a Child's Name, The Wall, A Christmas Without Snow, Deadly Game and Once an Eagle. In addition, Cromwell has starred in several series, most recently playing the title role in Citizen Baines.

Apart from his acting work, Cromwell is involved in an organization called Hecel Oyakapi (The People Tell It This Way) dedicated to assisting the Lakota Indians in preserving their language and their culture through the arts. As a result of his role in Babe, he is also involved in a number of animal causes.

Bio courtesy DreamWorks for "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" (10-Jun-2004)

Biography #3

Oscar nominee James Cromwell, whose career spans three decades and includes dozens of movie, television and stage appearances, garnered widespread recognition and an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role of Farmer Hoggett, whose talking pig longs to be a sheep dog, in the 1995 sleeper hit and audience favorite Babe.

Following Babe, Cromwell won a series of prestigious roles, including the powerful banker Charles Keating in Milos Forman's Oscar-nominated The People vs. Larry Flynt, the scientist who invents a time warp in the epic space drama Star Trek: First Contact, the corrupt police captain in the Oscar-nominated L.A. Confidential, the general in the powerful drama The General's Daughter and William Randolph Hearst in RKO 281. He reprised his Oscar-nominated role in Babe: Pig in the City and also appears in such projects as Snow Falling on Cedars, A Slight Case of Murder, The Bachelor and the upcoming Space Cowboys.

Among his other notable film credits are The Education of Little Tree, Eraser, Romeo Is Bleeding, Species 2, Deep Impact, A Fine Mess, Pink Cadillac, The Babe, Explorers, The Man with Two Brains, The Cheap Detective, Oh God, You Devil, Revenge of the Nerds and Murder By Death, his big-screen debut.

Cromwell, the son of acclaimed film director John Cromwell (Since You Went Away, Of Human Bondage, Abe Lincoln in Illinois) and actress Kay Johnson, grew up on the East Coast. He attended Vermont's Middlebury College and studied acting and directing at Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie-Mellon University) in Pittsburgh before beginning his career as an actor and stage manager at the Cleveland Playhouse.

He later toured the Deep South in the early 1960s (during the civil rights struggle) with the Free Southern Theatre, an integrated acting troupe that staged plays in primarily Black communities.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)