Star Trek Actor James Cromwell Sentenced To Jail

Actor James Cromwell was sentenced to jail after refusing to pay a $375 fine related to his arrest at a New York power plant protest.

The 77-year-old Emmy Award winner, who played Dr. Zefram Cochrane in Star Trek: First Contact, along with six others, was found guilty of obstructing traffic during a 2015 sit-in protest at the proposed site of a natural gas-fired power plant.

He was sentenced on Thursday in Wawayanda and will spend seven days in jail, according to Times Herald-Record of Middletown.

Cromwell was among a group found guilty of obstructing traffic at a December 2015 sit-in at the site of a natural gas-fired power plant being built in Wawayanda. The protesters say the plant poses a threat to the environment.

“If we don’t stay together, nothing will change,” Cromwell said after the hearing. “Power to the people.”

Cromwell is known for his portrayal of Dr. Zephram Cochrane, the creator of warp drive in the Star Trek universe, in the 1996 feature film Star Trek: First Contact. He also appeared as Prime Minister Nayrok in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Hunted.” He played the Yridian Jaglom Shreck in the TNG two-parter “Birthright” and Hanok in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Starship Down.”

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  • Mean Jean

    Good for you, James! You could have easily stayed home those 7 days. Nice to see a star with backbone. We ALL need to stand up for what we believe.

    • Sheryll Lander

      So you agree it’s ok to block roads and highways despite it being illegal?

      • Sean D. Hazleton


        • Phillipgalloway

          That’s how you get Trump reelected.

  • NicholasLefevre

    That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.

  • Vger64

    A year and a half later he’s still making a statement!

    • Sheryll Lander

      From a jail cell for blocking traffic. Do you play in traffic too?

  • John Teegen

    I think anybody that blocks traffic is an idiot with a death wish.i like the actorhe should be glad he did not get ran over.

  • Graeme MacDonald

    So they’re saying he deserved it? I’d say so.

  • S. Hutchings


  • It took two years for him to get sentenced for refusing to pay a fine? That doesn’t even make sense. I’m not sure I believe it. But, it’s not worth the time to look it up.

    • pramilla

      yep two years i would know

  • Reviewed

    Hey Stretch, what’s your buddy Archie Bunker going to say?

  • Ellehcim Stnasaelp

    Standing in a street, blocking traffic does not help anything. They look foolish.

  • Patrick Longworth

    Sheryll Lander seems to have an agenda. Sometimes the law is not just and that is when opposing such a law or “lawful action” is “justified”.