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List of Hume Cronyn Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Rope (1948)
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2
Rope
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2

Two brilliant college students, Brandon Shaw and Phillip Morgan, strangle fellow classmate David Kentley as an intellectual exercise to prove their superiority. They organize a party after hiding the body in an antique chest and invite people close to David, as well as their prep-school teacher Rupert Cadell, who unwittingly inspired them and now begins to suspect them.

As:
Writer
Director:
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Star Cast:
Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, Farley Granger, Dick Hogan, John Dall
2. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
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2
Shadow of a Doubt
TV-PG
12
2

Teenager Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Newton is thrilled when her namesake and favorite maternal uncle Charlie Oakley comes for a visit. But soon she notices some odd things, then two detectives come home as surveyors asking questions about Uncle Charlie. As she learns from them that he is suspected serial killer, ‘Merry Widow Murderer,’ she starts investigating, which could prove unsafe for her life.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Thriller
Star Cast:
Alfred Hitchcock, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey, Teresa Wright
3. Lifeboat (1944)
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2
Lifeboat
12
2

Lifeboat is a survival drama film which revolves around eight survivors of a torpedoed ship, who find themselves in the same boat with the man who had sunk the ship.  

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
William Bendix, John Hodiak, Walter Slezak, Tallulah Bankhead, Mary Anderson
4. Brute Force (1947)
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2
Brute Force
11
2

Tough and disgruntled prisoners at a penitentiary, decide to rebel against Captain Munsey, the chief guard, and plan a daring escape.

As:
Cast
Role:
Captain Munsey
Director:
Jules Dassin
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Star Cast:
Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Charles Bickford, Ann Blyth
5. People Will Talk (1951)
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2
People Will Talk
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
Prof. Rodney Elwell
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Cary Grant, Jeanne Crain, Walter Slezak, Finlay Currie, Cary Grant
6. Hamlet (1964)
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2
Hamlet
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2

Based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, this film tells the story of the young prince Hamlet, who returns home to find that his father, the King of Denmark, is dead, and his uncle Claudius has usurped the throne and married Hamlet’s widowed mother. As Hamlet tries to uncover the truth behind his father’s death, he is visited by his father’s spirit, who asks him to avenge Claudius for his murder. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Polonius
Director:
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Richard Burton, John Gielgud, William Redfield, Alfred Drake, Eileen Herlie
7. The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
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2
The Postman Always Rings Twice
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2

Nick Smith, owner of a roadside diner, hires a drifter Frank Chambers to work at his restaurant. Soon, Frank begins an affair with Nick’s pretty wife Cora. The two eventually think of murdering Nick as well as seizing all his assets. Although they succeed, a local prosecutor Kyle starts to suspect them.

As:
Cast
Role:
Arthur Keats
Director:
Tay Garnett
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Film-Noir, Thriller, Romance
Star Cast:
Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway, Leon Ames
9. Conrack (1974)
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2
Conrack
PG
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Martin Ritt
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jon Voight, Paul Winfield, Madge Sinclair, Antonio Fargas, Tina Andrews
10. The World According to Garp (1982)
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2
The World According to Garp
R
11
2

T.S. Garp, the son of nurse Jenny Fields from a dying soldier, grows up with an aptitude for fiction writing and freestyle wrestling. Inspired by him, Jenny, too, forays into writing, earns success in feminist non-fiction, and starts a center for distressed women. This peculiar community of disparate women becomes as much part of Garp’s world as his children and unfaithful wife.

As:
Cast
Role:
Mr. Fields
Director:
George Roy Hill
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
11. The Parallax View (1974)
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2
The Parallax View
R
11
2

After a senator running for President is assassinated, Joe Frady, a political reporter, begins his own investigation. He soon discovers a conspiracy and begins to suspect that the mysterious Parallax Corporation might be involved. He soon finds himself in a game of cat and mouse.

As:
Cast
Role:
Bill Rintels
Director:
Alan J. Pakula
Genres:
Thriller, Drama
Star Cast:
Warren Beatty, William Daniels, Walter McGinn, Paula Prentiss
12. Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
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2
Sunrise at Campobello
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2

Based on the popular Broadway play, this movie depicts the struggles of future US president Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his family after he is stricken by polio at the age of 39 in 1921. His political career is threatened but through his perseverance and efforts of those around him, he ultimately succeeds in delivering a nomination speech for Al Smith's presidency in 1924.

 

As:
Cast
Role:
Louis Howe
Director:
Vincent J. Donehue
Genres:
Drama, Biography
Star Cast:
Greer Garson, Ralph Bellamy, Ann Shoemaker, Jean Hagen
13. The Green Years (1946)
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2
The Green Years
12
2

An orphaned Irish boy is taken in by his mother’s relatives. Though he wishes to follow in his great-grandfather’s footsteps to go to university and become a doctor, his harsh grandfather gets in his way. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Papa Leckie
Director:
Victor Saville
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jessica Tandy, Gladys Cooper, Charles Coburn, Tom Drake
14. A Letter for Evie (1946)
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2
A Letter for Evie
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
John Phineas McPherson
Director:
Jules Dassin
Genres:
War, Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Marsha Hunt, John Carroll, Spring Byington, Pamela Britton
15. Cleopatra (1963)
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2
Cleopatra
G
10
2

This epic historical drama film chronicles the story of Queen Cleopatra, who in order to save her kingdom from the imperial ambitions of Rome, became the mistress of Julius Caesar.

As:
Cast
Genres:
History, Biography, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Elizabeth Taylor, Martin Landau, Rex Harrison, Richard Burton, Pamela Brown, George Cole, Elizabeth Taylor
17. The Beginning or the End (1947)
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2
The Beginning or the End
10
2

This is a docudrama film, detailing the development of the atomic bomb in World War II. It starts with Roosevelt authorizing up to two billion dollars for the project and then goes on to detail the research, development and deployment of the bomb, finally ending with the bombing of Hiroshima. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Norman Taurog
Genres:
Biography, Drama, History, War
Star Cast:
Blake Edwards, John Banner, Brian Donlevy, Robert Walker, Tom Drake
18. The Cross of Lorraine (1943)
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2
The Cross of Lorraine
10
2

When defeated by the Nazis in WWII, surrendered troop of Frenchmen find themselves in military prison instead of being sent back home. As they endure difficult conditions, Paul and others like him resist, willing to take beatings, while some like Duval cooperate with Nazi jailors to obtain better conditions. Paul helps his troop-mates to escape, who then join the French Resistance.

As:
Cast
Director:
Tay Garnett
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Gene Kelly, Peter Lorre, Joseph Calleia, Cedric Hardwicke, Richard Whorf
19. The Secret Heart (1946)
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2
The Secret Heart
10
2

The Secret Heart is a 1946 drama film, which tells the story of Larry Adams, a brilliant pianist, who commits suicide burdened by his unpaid debts. His wife devotes her life to paying off his debts as well as raising his two children. However, Penny, who is unable to get over her father’s death, starts questioning everything concerning him. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Robert Z. Leonard
Genres:
Drama, Romance
Star Cast:
Lionel Barrymore, Claudette Colbert, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Sterling, June Allyson
22. Phantom of the Opera (1943)
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2
Phantom of the Opera
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Arthur Lubin
Genres:
Music, Drama, Romance, Thriller, Horror
Star Cast:
Leo Carrillo, Claude Rains, Nelson Eddy, Edgar Barrier, Susanna Foster
23. The Bride Goes Wild (1948)
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2
The Bride Goes Wild
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2
As:
Cast
Role:
John McGrath
Director:
Norman Taurog
Genres:
Comedy, Romance
Star Cast:
Una Merkel, Van Johnson, June Allyson, Jackie 'Butch' Jenkins
24. Top o' the Morning (1949)
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2
Top o' the Morning
10
2

After the Blarney Stone vanishes from a small town in Ireland, an insurance agent comes to the place to investigate. He meets the daughter of the local policeman, who tells him that his presence is part of a prophecy that predicted that the stone would be stolen. As the investigation continues, it seems that the theft may not be only crime that was committed.

As:
Cast
Role:
Hughie Devine
Director:
David Miller
Genres:
Romance, Comedy
Star Cast:
Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Ann Blyth, Eileen Crowe
25. Cocoon (1985)
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Cocoon
PG-13
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2

The Oscar-winning film follows a group of elders from a retirement home, who secretly use the swimming pool of nearby unused house. They are not aware that the house is rented by aliens living as humans and have stored the cocoons containing their people in the pool which imparted a special quality to water making the seniors feel invigorated with youthful energy.

As:
Cast
Role:
Joe Finley
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Star Cast:
26. Marvin's Room (1996)
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2
Marvin's Room
PG-13
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2

When Marvin suffers a stroke, one of his daughters Bessie, starts caring for him, while the other daughter Lee, moves away to Ohio with her husband. However, twenty years later, when Bessie learns that she is suffering from leukemia and requires a bone marrow transplant, Lee decides to travel back home.

As:
Cast
Role:
Marvin
Director:
Jerry Zaks
Genres:
Drama
27. The Sailor Takes a Wife (1945)
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2
The Sailor Takes a Wife
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Freddie Potts
Director:
Richard Whorf
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Robert Walker, June Allyson, Audrey Totter
29. *batteries not included (1987)
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2
*batteries not included
PG
11
2

Frank and Faye are a feisty elderly couple who live in New York City. They run a diner and an apartment building which is home to a poor but friendly group of people. Things go well until a property dealer starts harassing them since he wants to buy the apartment. However, the elderly couple receives help from mysterious aliens.

As:
Cast
Role:
Frank Riley
Director:
Matthew Robbins
Genres:
Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Comedy, Family
Star Cast:
Jessica Tandy, Dennis Boutsikaris, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Peña
30. The Pelican Brief (1993)
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2
The Pelican Brief
PG-13
9
2

Law student, Darby Shaw, writes a brief with a theory as to why two Supreme Court justices were killed and she herself becomes the target of the assassin. As she is forced to go on the run, she reaches out to reporter Gray Grantham for help and uncovers a conspiracy involving senior Government officials. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Alan J. Pakula
Genres:
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
31. Brewster's Millions (1985)
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2
Brewster's Millions
PG
9
2

Montgomery Brewster, a minor league baseball player, learns that a wealthy uncle he didn’t know existed has left him $300 million….but with a condition. Brewster must spend $30 million in 30 days; however, he cannot donate to charity, waste or destroy any money or possess any assets. Also, he can’t tell anyone about it. So, Brewster has an enormous task to tackle

As:
Cast
Director:
Walter Hill
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
John Candy, Richard Pryor, Rick Moranis, Alan Autry, Jerry Orbach, Stephen Collins, Pat Hingle
32. Main Street After Dark (1945)
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2
Main Street After Dark
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2
As:
Cast
Director:
Edward L. Cahn
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Edward Arnold, Dan Duryea, Selena Royle, Audrey Totter
33. Impulse (1984)
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2
Impulse
R
10
2

A science-fiction thriller film, Impulse tells the story of the residents of a small rural town who start to exhibit strange and violent behavior after the seal on a toxic waste burial site ruptures and the town’s milk supply gets contaminated. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Dr. Carr
Director:
Graham Baker
Genres:
Sci-Fi, Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Star Cast:
Bill Paxton, Tim Matheson, John Karlen, Meg Tilly
34. Blonde Fever (1944)
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2
Blonde Fever
9
2

Blonde Fever is a comedy drama film which revolves around Peter Donay, who owns Café Donay, a fancy roadside establishment. His marriage is not very successful , and therefore, he soon starts falling for a nightclub waitress named Sally. However, Sally is only interested in Peter’s money and business. When his wife comes to know about this, she tries to get rid of Sally.   

As:
Cast
Director:
Richard Whorf
Genres:
Drama, Comedy
Star Cast:
Ava Gardner, Jessica Tandy, Mary Astor, Felix Bressart, Gloria Grahame
35. Gaily, Gaily (1969)
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2
Gaily, Gaily
M
8
2

Ben Harvey is a naïve young man who leaves his small town for Chicago. However, a pickpocket steals his money in the city, leaving him nowhere to go. Queen Lil, who runs a bordello gives him shelter, and also helps him find work at a newspaper. His life takes a turn, when he realizes the extent of government corruption, and he sets out to reform the entire system.  

As:
Cast
Role:
Tim Grogan
Director:
Norman Jewison
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Margot Kidder, George Harris Kennedy, Jr, George Kennedy, Brian Keith, Melina Mercouri
36. Rollover (1981)
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2
Rollover
R
8
2

Lee Winters, an ex-film star, and widow of a murdered petrochemical tycoon, joins forces with financial expert Hubbell Smith, who is examining the liquidity of a bank. As they fall for each other, the two try to hunt for her husband’s murderer and inspect her financial issues, but end up discovering an international monetary conspiracy that could destroy the global financial system.

As:
Cast
Role:
Maxwell Emery
Director:
Alan J. Pakula
Genres:
Mystery, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Star Cast:
Kris Kristofferson, Jane Fonda, Bob Gunton, Josef Sommer
37. Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
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2
Honky Tonk Freeway
PG
8
2

A planned freeway passes near a tiny Florida town of Ticlaw, which has a safari park as its only tourist attraction; however, the town is denied a freeway exit despite requests from its residents. The mayor, accompanied by the people of Ticlaw, goes all-out to convince the authorities, and they also do their best to attract a posse of diverse tourists. 

As:
Cast
Director:
John Schlesinger
Genres:
Comedy, Action
Star Cast:
38. Cocoon: The Return (1988)
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1
Cocoon: The Return
PG
9
1

This science fiction adventure film revolves around friendly aliens from Anterea, a far away planet, who return to Earth to rescue some incubation pods which have been found by scientists. Although in their planet, nobody grows old, they start developing a liking towards earth and therefore, they think of staying back.

As:
Cast
Role:
Joseph 'Joe' Finley
Director:
Daniel Petrie
Genres:
Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Romance
39. Angel Passing (1998)
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2
Angel Passing
12
2
As:
Cast
Director:
David Langlitz
Genres:
Short
Star Cast:
Calista Flockhart, Joanne Dorian, James Fischer, Timothi-Jane Graham
40. Crowded Paradise (1956)
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2
Crowded Paradise
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
George Heath
Director:
Fred Pressburger, Ben Gradus
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Nancy Kelly, Frank Silvera, Mario Alcalde, Enid Rudd
41. Camilla (1994)
9
2
Camilla
PG-13
9
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Deepa Mehta
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jessica Tandy, Maury Chaykin, Elias Koteas, Bridget Fonda

TV Movie(s)

1. The Gin Game (1981)
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2
The Gin Game
12
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Weller Martin
Director:
Terry Hughes
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jessica Tandy, Jessica Tandy
3. The Moon and Sixpence (1959)
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2
The Moon and Sixpence
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Dirk Stroeve
Director:
Robert Mulligan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Laurence Olivier, Jessica Tandy, Cyril Cusack, Denholm Elliott, Judith Anderson
5. A Doll's House (1959)
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2
A Doll's House
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Nils Krogstad
Director:
George Schaefer
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Christopher Plummer, Jason Robards, Julie Harris, Eileen Heckart
6. Day One (1989)
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2
Day One
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
James F. Byrnes
Director:
Joseph Sargent
Genres:
Drama, History
Star Cast:
Hal Holbrook, Brian Dennehy, David Strathairn, Richard Dysart
7. To Dance with the White Dog (1993)
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2
To Dance with the White Dog
PG
11
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Robert Samuel Peek
Director:
Glenn Jordan
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
8. Age-Old Friends (1989)
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2
Age-Old Friends
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
John Cooper
Director:
Allan Kroeker
Genres:
Comedy
Star Cast:
Esther Rolle, Tandy Cronyn, Aaron Alexander, Frummie Blatt
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
9. Yesterday's Children (2000)
10
2
Yesterday's Children
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Marcus Cole
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jane Seymour, Clancy Brown, Kyle Howard, Denis Conway
10. Juno and the Paycock (1960)
10
2
Juno and the Paycock
10
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Paul Shyre
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Walter Matthau, Luella Gear, Pauline Flanagan, Liam Clancy
11. Christmas on Division Street (1991)
10
2
Christmas on Division Street
10
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Cleveland Meriwether
Director:
George Kaczender
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Fred Savage, Jim Byrnes, Badja Djola, Cloyce Morrow
12. Foxfire (1987)
11
2
Foxfire
PG
11
2
As:
Cast, Writer
Role:
Hector Nations
Director:
Jud Taylor
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Jessica Tandy, Harriet Hall, John Denver, Gary Grubbs
13. Broadway Bound (1992)
9
2
Broadway Bound
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Ben
Director:
Paul Bogart
Genres:
Comedy, Drama
Star Cast:
Anne Bancroft, Jerry Orbach, Corey Parker, Jonathan Silverman
Awards:
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
14. Santa and Pete (1999)
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2
Santa and Pete
9
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Saint Nick
Director:
Duwayne Dunham
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
James Earl Jones, Tempestt Bledsoe, Flex Alexander, Tracy Douglas
15. Sea People (1999)
8
2
Sea People
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Mr. John McRae
Director:
Vic Sarin
Genres:
Family, Fantasy, Drama
Star Cast:
Ron Lea, Tegan Moss, Shawn Roberts, Joan Gregson
17. Off Season (2001)
8
2
Off Season
TV-G
8
2
As:
Cast
Role:
Sam Clausner
Director:
Bruce Davison
Genres:
Comedy, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Adam Arkin, Bruce Davison, Sherilyn Fenn, Stephen E. Miller
18. A Separate Peace (2004)
8
2
A Separate Peace
R
8
2
As:
Cast
Director:
Peter Yates
Genres:
Drama, War
Star Cast:
Alison Pill, Aaron Ashmore, Jacob Pitts, J Barton

Animation(s)

People: A Musical Celebration (1995)
People: A Musical Celebration
As:
Cast
Role:
Grandpa (voice)
Director:
Joshua M. Greene, Aleksey Alekseev, Vladlen Barbe, Svetlana Grossou, Oleg Kuzovkov
Genres:
Animation
Star Cast:
James Earl Jones, Sasha Gronim, Dai Dai Ming, Ophelia Essien

TV Shows and Videos

Willys Theatre Presenting Ben Hecht's Tales of the City (1953)
Willys Theatre Presenting Ben Hecht's Tales of the City
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Olga Baclanova, Ben Hecht, Madeleine Carroll, Gary Merrill
Seasons of Love (1999)
Seasons of Love
As:
Cast
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Rip Torn, Peter Strauss, Rachel Ward, John Finn

Hume Cronyn Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards
To Dance with the White Dog Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special 1994
Broadway Bound Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Special 1992
Age-Old Friends Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special 1990