COCOON star Hume Cronyn has died after a long battle with prostate cancer at his home in Connecticut. He was 91.

The stage and screen veteran, who was married to OSCAR winner JESSICA TANDY until her death in 1994, was famous for playing movie curmudgeons.

Cronyn was born in London, Ontario, and studied law at McGill University in Montreal.

He was also an amateur boxer and was nominated for the Canadian Olympic boxing team in 1932.

Cronyn made his theatre debut in UP POPS THE DEVIL in 1931 and graduated to the big screen in Alfred Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt in 1943.

Other movie roles included Phantom Of The Opera (1943), THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946) and THE SEVENTH CROSS in 1944, for which Cronyn was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor.

Among his many honours, the actor was awarded an EMMY in 1994 for TV film TO DANCE WITH THE WHITE DOG, and he and his late wife Tandy were the recipients of the first TONY awards for Lifetime Achievement in 1994.

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