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Name: James Oliver Cromwell                                                               
Born: 27 January 1940 Los Angeles, Calif., U.S.                                           
James Oliver Cromwell (born January 27, 1940), sometimes credited as Jamie               
Cromwell, is an American film and television actor. He has been nominated for an         
Oscar, two Emmy Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Award during his career.             
Cromwell was born in Los Angeles, California and was raised in Manhattan, New             
York. His mother was actress Kay Johnson and his father was actor, director and           
producer John Cromwell, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. He                   
was educated at The Hill School, Middlebury College and Carnegie Institute of             
Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), where he studied engineering. Like           
both his parents, he was drawn to the theater, doing everything from Shakespeare         
to experimental plays.                                                                   
His first television performance was in a 1974 episode of The Rockford Files             
playing Terry. A few weeks later, he had a brief recurring role as Stretch               
Cunningham on All in the Family. In 1975 he took his first lead role on                   
television as Bill Lewis in the short-lived Hot L Baltimore, and a year later             
made his film debut in Neil Simon's classic detective spoof Murder by Death.             
While he continued with regular television work for the rest of the 1980s, he             
made real inroads in movie business for his roles in the James Garner-Shirley             
Jones film Tank, as a corrupt deputy sheriff and his first appearance as Mr.             
Skolnick, father of main character Lewis in the comedy film Revenge of the Nerds.         
He would reprise this role three more times in each of the "Nerds" sequels.               
His notable film roles in the 1990s include his Oscar nominated performance as           
Farmer Arthur Hoggett in Babe (1995) and Captain Dudley Liam Smith in Curtis             
Hanson's film adaptation of James Ellroy's L.A. Confidential (1997), which was a         
breakout role for him, and made him more bankable in Hollywood. He also played           
Dr. Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and the Star Trek:                 
Enterprise pilot Broken Bow (the Star Trek: Enterprise episode "In a Mirror,             
Darkly" later reused some of the First Contact footage). He has appeared on               
other Star Trek television series The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine,               
though not as Cochrane (his appearances on these shows predated his role in               
First Contact), he guest starred in episodes including "The Hunted", "Birthright,         
Part I and II" and "Starship Down".                                                       
He co-starred in the last two seasons of the HBO drama series Six Feet Under,             
where he played George Sibley, Ruth Fisher's geologist husband and along with             
the rest of the his castmates, he was nominated for two consecutive Screen               
Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2005 and 2006. He next         
co-starred alongside Dame Helen Mirren who plays the title role of Queen                 
Elizabeth II and won the Oscar for Best Actress in Stephen Frears' film The               
Queen (2006) where he played Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He guest starred           
in the sixth season of 24 where he played Phillip Bauer, father of lead                   
character Jack played by Kiefer Sutherland.                                               
In early October 2007, he played the lead role of James Tyrone Sr. in the Druid           
Theatre Company's production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night,           
at the Gaiety in Dublin as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival's 50th