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Hume Blake Cronyn, Jr., OC (July 18, 1911 – June 15, 2003)

Cronyn enjoyed a long career, often appearing professionally alongside Jessica Tandy, his wife of over fifty years. His first Hollywood film was Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943). He later appeared in Hitchcock's Lifeboat (1944) and worked on the screenplays of Rope (1948) and Under Capricorn (1949). He was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his performance in The Seventh Cross (1944) and won a Tony Award for his performance as Polonius opposite Richard Burton's Hamlet (1964). Cronyn also made appearances in television, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "Kill With Kindness" (1956) and Hawaii Five-O episodes "Over Fifty, Steal" (1970) and "Odd Man In" (1971). In 1990 he won an Emmy award for his role in the TV Movie Age Old Friends. Cronyn married the actress Jessica Tandy in 1942, and appeared with her in many of their more memorable dramatic stage, film and television outings, including The Green Years (1946), The Seventh Cross (1944), The Gin Game (1977), Foxfire (1982), *batteries not included (1987), Cocoon (1985), Cocoon: The Return (1988), and Camilla (1994). He died on June 15, 2003 from prostate cancer, one month before his 92nd birthday.