1972: Won an 1972-73 Obie for Distinguished Performance for "Krapp's Last Tape".
7/11/88: He was awarded the O.C. (Officer of the Order of Canada) for his services to drama.
In 1946 Elia Kazan, looking for an actress to play Blanche Dubois in his upcoming Broadway production of "Streetcar Named Desire", saw a Los Angeles production of Tennessee Williams' earlier play "Portrait of a Madonna" in which Cronyn directed his wife Jessica Tandy. He was so impressed by her performance that he offered her the role.
Although not widely known, he had a glass eye, having lost the real one to cancer.
1932: Member of the Kappa Alpha Society at the University of McGill.
Stepchildren: Jonathan Grant and Kate Glennon.
1990: He and wife Jessica Tandy were both honored with the American National Medal of the Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington DC.
Son: Christopher Cronyn, daughters: Tandy Cronyn and Susan Tettmer.
His father Hume Blake Cronyn has an observatory dedicated to him in the University of Western Ontario. The refractor telescope was the largest ever built in the western hemisphere at the time.
The original screenplay of The Locket (1946), called "What Nancy Wanted", was written by Norma Barzman, who was married to writer Ben Barzman, who was blacklisted during the McCarthy "Red Scare" period of the 1940s and 1950s. She sold the script to Cronyn, who planned to direct the film with wife Jessica Tandy starring. Cronyn then sold the script to RKO, which assigned Sheridan Gibney to rewrite it.
Was once a boxer who was nominated for the Canadian Olympic boxing team.
Appeared as Sosigenes in Cleopatra (1963), One film critic's witty appraisal of this mammoth, megastar, megabuck, four-hour production was, "I never miss a Hume Cronyn movie."
Attended Ridley College, St. Catharines, Ontario
Became a US citizen late in life.
Starred (with wife Jessica Tandy) as Ben Marriott on NBC Radio's "The Marriage" (1953-1954).
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