Birth Date: January 27, 1940 / Age: 78
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
Biography: James Cromwell (born January 27, 1940) is an American television and film actor. He is sometimes credited as Jamie Cromwell.
He was born John Oliver Cromwell in Los Angeles, California, but raised in Manhattan, New York. He was the adopted son of John Cromwell and actress Kay Johnson. Cromwell was educated at The Hill School, Middlebury College and the Carnegie Institute of Technology. He studied acting at Carnegie Mellon University. He went into the theater (like both his parents) doing everything from Shakespeare to experimental plays. He started doing television in 1974 (as Stretch Cunningham on All in the Family), made his film debut in 1976, and goes back to the stage periodically.
His most notable roles include Dr. Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) (the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In a Mirror, Darkly" later reused some of this footage ) and farmer Arthur Hoggett in Babe (1995). He also played U.S. President Robert "Bob" Fowler in The Sum of All Fears (2002) and the role of a former President D. Wire Newman in an episode of The West Wing.
In the 2004 movie I, Robot, he played Dr. Alfred Lanning, creator of modern robots and inventor of the Three Laws of Robotics. He's also recently appeared as the warden in the remake of The Longest Yard.
Most recently, Cromwell starred as a series regular in the last two seasons of the HBO original series Six Feet Under, in which he played George Sibley, Ruth Fisher's geologist husband. He also appeared on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
James Cromwell is also an ethical vegan and frequently speaks out on issues regarding animal cruelty.