John Cromwell


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(1887–1979), actor, director, and producer. A native of Toledo, Ohio, his theatre career spanned nearly three-quarters of a century. After making his debut in 1907 with the R. C. Herz stock company in Cleveland, Cromwell toured for three years before coming to New York in 1910 to appear in Baby Mine. He next spent several seasons as director and actor with William A. Brady, then embarked on his own. Among the many plays he directed were The Man Who Came Back (1916), At 9:45 (1919), The Law Breaker (1922), The Silver Cord (1926), and Yankee Point (1942). He produced such works as Oh, Mama! (1925) and Lucky Sam McCarve (1925), appearing as the title character Sam in the latter. Cromwell's other performances of note include Babe Callahan in the Chicago company of Ned McCobb's Daughter (1926), Captain McQuigg in The Racket (1927), John Gray in Point of No Return (1951), Linus Larrabee in Sabrina Fair (1953), and Oscar Nelson in Mary, Mary (1961). In his later years he directed at the Cleveland Play House and acted at both the Guthrie Theatre and the Long Wharf Theatre. He was also active as a director of films.

From The Oxford Companion to American Theatre in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Theatre.