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Also Known As: Died: June 15, 2003
Born: July 18, 1911 Cause of Death: prostate cancer
Birth Place: London, Ontario, CA Profession: Cast ...


"To go on being an actor, you need sheer animal energy. If you can't restock your energy, you have to hide your lack of it." --Hume Cronyn ("The MGM Stock Company" 1972)

Lecturer at AADA (1938-39) and Actors' Lab in Los Angeles (1945-46)

He received the Commedia Matinee Club Award for "The Fourposter" in 1952.

Given the Barter Theatre Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Theatre in 1961

Presented with the Herald Theatre Award for "A Delicae All!" in 1972

Awarded Brandeis University's Creative Arts Award for Distinguished Achievement (1978)

Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1979

Received National Press Club Award in 1979

Given the Commonwealth Award for distinguished service in the Dramatic Arts (1983)

Awarded the Humanitas Prize from the Human Family Institute (1985)

Received Alley Theatre Award in recognition of Significant Contribution to the Theatre Arts (1987)

Received honorary LL.D from the University of Western Ontario in 1974

Awarded honorary LHD from Fordham University (1985)

Decorated with the Order of Canada

"Audrey Wood, Tennessee Williams' agent was a friend of mine. I said, 'I'm looking for something to produce, and if I find the right thing, I think I can find the money.'

"She went into a back office and brought out a thin blue folder. She said: 'This isn't a play, it's three one-acts by somebody you never heard of named Tennessee Williams. He's got serious eye trouble and he's bicycling around the South, and I expect a telegram any day saying he's been killed. He needs money.'

"I read the plays, and they were magical, and I took an option on them. I only needed $11,000 for a Broadway production. Can you imagine that? And I couldn't raise the $11,000. 'Tennessee who? That's nobody's name. One-acts? Forget it.' I went back and told Audrey: 'Renew the option, and I'll throw in six more one-acts he's written.' I took them but never got them on. Eventually they were published as a book ...

"I got [the Actors Lab Theater in L.A.] to do three of the plays; Jessie [Jessica Tandy] did 'Portrait of a Madonna'. I remember [Charlie] Chaplin coming backstage one night. Irene Selznick, who produced 'Streetcar', came to see it, and so did Elia Kazan, who directed 'Streetcar'. And that's how Jessie became Blanche Du Bois." -- Hume Cronyn to New York Newsday, July 9, 1995.

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