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July 18

Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy

In 1994, Cronyn and Tandy were jointly awarded a special Tony Award® for Lifetime Achievement for their work on the stage.

Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

1911: An Actor's Actor
Hume Cronyn is born in London, Ontario, Canada
This 1986 Kennedy Center Honoree made many movies, a number of which alongside his wife Jessica Tandy. On more than one occasion, Cronyn also directed as well as acted in plays with Tandy. It was clearly the couple’s rich onstage and onscreen chemistry that made them a pleasure to watch.

Cronyn also enjoyed a successful career as a stage actor, playing roles in works by Shakespeare, Edgar Albee, and many others. Whether as Arthur Keats in The Postman Always Rings Twice or Joe in Cocoon, Cronyn was able to disappear into his roles creating many multi-layered, complex human characters.
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