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Hume Cronyn in 'The Parallax View'

Hume Cronyn (1911 - 2003)

Film Deaths:[]

  • The Cross of Lorraine (1943) [Andre Duval]: Shot to death by Nazi guards when he runs out into the POW camp yard in panic after the other prisoners threaten to kill him.
  • Brute Force (1947) [Captain Munsey]: Thrown from the burning guardtower and into the prison yard by Burt Lancaster during a jailbreak.
  • Cleopatra (1963) [Sosigenes]: Stabbed in the chest when Roddy McDowall throws spear into him.
  • Hamlet (1964) [Polonius]: Stabbed to death through a curtain by Richard Burton, who had mistaken him for Alfred Drake. (I haven't seen this version, but we all know the story...)
  • The Parallax View (1974) [Bill Rintels]: Poisoned (off-screen) by Bill McKinney, using a drug (in his food) that simulates a heart attack; his body is shown sitting in his office afterwards. (Thanks to Janet)
  • Rollover (1981) [Maxwell Emery]: Commits suicide by shooting himself in the head.
  • The World According to Garp (1982) [Mr. Fields]: Dies (off-screen) shortly after an argument with his daughter (Glenn Close).
  • Brewster's Millions (1985) [Uncle Rupert Horn]: Dies (off-screen) of old age/natural causes, shortly before the story begins. He only appears in a filmed will that he leaves for Richard Pryor.
  • Cocoon: The Return (1988) [Joe Finley]: Dies of cancer, after using up his alien-given 'life force' to heal Jessica Tandy after she'd been hit by a car. (Thanks to Stephen)
  • The Pelican Brief (1993) [Supreme Court Justice Rosenberg]: Shot in the head by Stanley Tucci in his hospital room, as Hume is on oxygen.

TV Deaths:[]

  • Christmas on Division Street (1991 TV) [Cleveland Meriwether]: Freezes to death (off-screen) during a snowstorm. His body is discovered by Fred Savage.
  • To Dance With the White Dog (1993 TV) [Sam Peek]: Dies (off-screen) of pneumonia and the effects of an infection/hip injury that caused his earlier fall into a river. The closing scene shows his son (Frank Whaley) at Hume's grave.


Notable Connections:[]

  • Son of Hume Cronyn Sr. (Former MP for the Canadian Parliament)
  • Mr. Jessica Tandy (widowed)
  • Mr. Susan Cooper (playwright/screenwriter)
  • Father of Tandy Cronyn
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