Hume Cronyn was an actor, screenwriter, and producer, born in London, Ontario, Canada, on July 18, 1911. He died on June 15, 2003, at age 91. In his lifetime, he appeared in over 100 films and theatre productions.
Having studied in McGill University, and then at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Cronyn made his film debut in 1943. His first major role was in the drama film The Seventh Cross, which starred Jessica Tandy and Herbert Rudley. Cronyn also received a nomination for an Academy Award for his role in The Seventh Cross.
As a stage actor, Cronyn was a two-time Tony Award winner. After starring in ‘The Seventh Cross’, he played the janitor in the play ‘Hipper’s Holiday’, which won the playwright the Tony Award for Best Play. He also was an actor in several Alfred Hitchcock films, including ‘Shadow of a Doubt’.
Cronyn was married to Jessica Tandy for fifty years. They had two children. Despite Cronyn’s early fame, he kept his personal life private. During their marriage, he and Tandy appeared in many memorable dramatic stage and film outings. During the 1950s, they starred together on the radio series ‘The Marriage’, which was later adapted for television.
Besides acting, Cronyn was an amateur boxer, and was close to earning a spot on the Canadian Olympic team in 1932. He was also a businessman and politician, and was elected as mayor of London, Ontario in the early twentieth century. Unfortunately, he was later indicted for fraud. However, he survived by an extended family.
Cronyn was a member of the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. At the time of his death, he was making his last public appearance at the theatre to celebrate the theater’s 40th anniversary.
A famous screen and stage actor, Hume Cronyn was the most popular movie actor of the early twentieth century. Although he never won an Academy Award for his work, he was nominated for a Saturn Award. Several of his films, including ‘The Seventh Cross’, ‘The Shadow of a Doubt’, and ‘Lifeboat’, earned him Oscar nominations.
Throughout his career, Cronyn acted in over 100 stage productions, and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in ‘The Seventh Cross’. He also starred in the drama film ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ and ‘Lifeboat’.
Hume Cronyn died of cancer on June 15, 2003, at age 91. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, as well as an extended family. Despite Cronyn’s popularity, he did not have a particularly large net worth. Rather, his primary source of income was from his acting. Known as the “king of the movie star,” he earned around $3 million to $5 million. While the number is inflated by his exaggeration of the size of his business, he was ranked among the top celebrity cashouts of all time.
Cronyn is known for his performance as Paul Roeder in ‘The Seventh Cross’. ‘The Seventh Cross’ was a drama film about a prisoner who escapes from a concentration camp. It starred Signe Hasso and Spencer Tracy.