He may have won a Primetime Emmy Award in 2013 for his role as sadistic Nazi Doctor Arthur Arden in American Horror Story: Asylum but, away from the camera lens, James Cromwell himself is a compassionate soul who is also a hero for animals.
Vegetarian since the 1970s, Cromwell made a sudden switch to veganism whilst filming as Farmer Hoggett for 1995 movie ‘Babe’:
“I was doing a picture in Australia called Babe, working with a lot of animals and animal trainers. I cared about their welfare but then, of course, you have lunch and it’s all there in front of you and I thought I should go the whole hog… so to speak” he told TakePart.
As soon as filming wrapped up, Cromwell (now aged 74) got involved with PETA and has also been actively involved in promoting various animal rights documentaries including The Ghosts in Our Machine and Earthlings and narrated the short film Farm to Fridge by Mercy for Animals.
Speaking out against factory farming, Cromwell states “To deny an animal its right to self-determination, its right to live out its life as it chooses in its natural habitat, that is an aggression.”