Hume Cronyn made his Broadway debut in the play Hipper’s Holiday and went on to appear in a variety of roles. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1990. He first appeared on the big screen in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ (1943) and then appeared in Hitchcock’s movies and television shows such as ‘Lifeboat’ (1944) and ‘Alfred Hitchcock Presents’ episode ‘Kill With Kindness’ (1956).
He received positive reviews for his performance as Paul Roeder in the film ‘The Seventh Cross’ (1944) and as Arthur Keats in ‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’ (1946).
His role as Kirk Douglas’s father in the family drama ‘The Arrangement’ failed to make the desired impact.
Cronyn also worked on the screenplays of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies ‘Rope’ (1948) and ‘Under Capricorn’ (1949). Both movies did fairly well at the box office.
His performance in the television movie ‘Age Old Friends’ earned him an ‘Emmy Award’ in 1990.