Hume Cronyn dies

Jun 17, 2003 by Ian Evans

Hume Cronyn, the Canadian born two-time Tony Award winner, died of cancer June 15th at the age of 91.

Known best for his stage and screen work opposite his second wife, Jessica Tandy, Cronyn made his Broadway debut understudying Burgess Meredith in 1934’s Hipper’s Holiday. He received an Oscar® nomination for The Seventh Cross in 1944 and won his first Tony in 1964 playing playing Polonius to Richard Burton ‘s Hamlet. He shared a lifetime achievement Tony with Tandy in 1994. The couple, who were married for 52 years until her death in 1994, also gained a new audience in their later years when the acting duo starred in the two Cocoon movies.

After Tandy’s death, Mr. Cronyn married author Susan Cooper in 1996.