17 Facts About Hume Cronyn


Hume Cronyn's mother, Frances Amelia, was an heiress of the brewing company of the same name; as the daughter of John Labatt and the granddaughter of John Kinder Labatt.


Hume Cronyn was a cousin of Canadian-born theater producer, Robert Whitehead, and a first cousin of the Canadian-British artist Hugh Verschoyle Hume Cronyn GM.


Hume Cronyn was the first Elmwood School boarder in Ottawa and boarded at Elmwood between 1917 and 1921.


Early in life, Hume Cronyn was an amateur featherweight boxer, having the skills to be nominated for Canada's 1932 Olympic Boxing team.


Subsequent to graduating from Ridley College, Hume Cronyn switched majors, from pre-law to drama, while attending McGill University, and continued his acting studies thereafter, under Max Reinhardt and at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.


Hume Cronyn won a Drama Desk Special Award in 1986.


Hume Cronyn later appeared in Hitchcock's Lifeboat and worked on the screenplays of Rope and Under Capricorn.

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Hume Cronyn was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in The Seventh Cross and won a Tony Award for his performance as Polonius opposite Richard Burton's Hamlet.


Hume Cronyn bought the screenplay What Nancy Wanted from Norma Barzman, who was later blacklisted with her husband Ben Barzman, with the idea of producing the film and starring Tandy.


Hume Cronyn had an association with the Stratford Festival as a member of both the acting company and its board of governors.


Hume Cronyn played Shylock in The Merchant of Venice in 1976, and debuted his play Foxfire in 1980.


Hume Cronyn married the actress Jessica Tandy in 1942, and appeared with her in many of their more memorable dramatic stage, film and television outings, including The Green Years, The Seventh Cross, The Gin Game, Foxfire, The World According to Garp, Cocoon, *batteries not included, Cocoon: The Return, To Dance with the White Dog and Camilla.


Hume Cronyn died on June 15,2003, from prostate cancer, 91 years old.


In 1979, Hume Cronyn was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.


Hume Cronyn was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame in 1999.


Hume Cronyn received the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal in 1992 and the Canadian version of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.


Hume Cronyn was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Western Ontario on October 26,1974.