James Cromwell is largely known for his performance in the smash hit Babe, for which he received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar® nomination. Cromwell's recent motion-picture work includes The Longest Yard; I, Robot; Black Ball; Angels in America; Space Cowboys, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and Clint Eastwood; Frank Darabont's critically acclaimed The Green Mile, starring Tom Hanks; The General's Daughter, starring John Travolta; Snow Falling on Cedars; The Bachelor, starring Chris O'Donnell and Renée Zellweger; The Sum of All Fears, starring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman; and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. Additional film credits include The Education of Time, L.A. Confidential, Star Trek: First Contact, The People vs. Larry Flynt and Babe: Pig in the City.
Cromwell has appeared in dozens of miniseries and television movies and has guest-starred on such popular series as Picket Fences, Home Improvement, L.A. Law and Star Trek: The Next Generation. He received Emmy nominations for guest appearances in the HBO original series Six Feet Under and NBC's ER. His most recent television work includes the starring role in John Wells' CBS series Citizen Baines and the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries Angels in America. Cromwell was also honored with an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the HBO movie RKO 281.
Cromwell was trained as a director at Carnegie Tech and has directed at resident theatres across the country. He was the founder and artistic director of his own company, Stage West, in Springfield, Mass. Cromwell also co-directed a short film, which was presented at the London Film Festival. He has performed in many revered plays, including Hamlet, The Iceman Cometh, Devil's Disciple, All's Well That Ends Well, Beckett and Othello, in many of the country's most distinguished theatres.
Cromwell is the founder of Hecel Oyakapi, a foundation committed to assisting the Lakota People of South Dakota in preserving their language and their culture through the arts.