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James Cromwell is still shaking his fists
James Cromwell is still shaking his fists

Versatile character actor James Cromwell has always looked askance at authority. "There used to be a bumper sticker that said 'resist authority,'" said Cromwell, best known for his Oscar-nominated supporting turn in 1995's "Babe" as the taciturn farmer who teaches an adorable pig to herd sheep, although he's had memorable roles in such Oscar-winning films as "L.A. Confidential" and "The Artist" and landmark TV series "All in the Family" and "Six Feet Under." "That has sort have been my byword," said Cromwell, 73, who added that his defiant attitude often got him into trouble in school. "I...

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