Michael Rennie

Michael Rennie

  • Highest Rated: 100% Hotel (1967)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% The Robe (1953)
  • Birthday: Aug 25, 1909
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Michael Rennie always claimed that he "turned actor" to escape becoming an executive for his family's wool business. The Cambridge-educated Rennie haunted the casting offices until he was hired by Alfred Hitchcock for his first film, The Secret Agent (1936). Handsome but hollow, Rennie decided that if he was to be a film star, he'd better learn to act, thus he spent several seasons with the York Repertory. Serving in World War II as a flying officer in the RAF, Rennie came to the United States for the first time to be a training instructor in Georgia. Small roles in postwar British films led to a 20th Century Fox contract. It was during his stay at Fox that Rennie truly began to blossom with major roles in 1951's The Day the Earth Stood Still (as Klaatu), 1952's Les Miserables (as Jean Valjean), 1953's The Robe, and many other films. On television, Michael Rennie spent two years and 76 episodes portraying suave soldier of fortune Harry Lime on the syndicated series The Third Man. Rennie died of emphysema on June 10, 1971.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Die Screaming, Marianne Actor 1971
No Score Yet Los Monstruos del Terror (Operation Terror)(Dracula Versus Frankenstein)(The Man Who Came from Ummo) Actor 1970
No Score Yet The Surabaya Conspiracy Harvey Ward 1970
No Score Yet Subterfuge Goldsmith 1969
No Score Yet Dracula Vs. Frankenstein Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Young, the Evil and the Savage Inspector Durand 1968
No Score Yet The Power Arthur Nordlund 1968
60% The Devil's Brigade Gen. Mark Clark 1968
No Score Yet The Battle of El Alamein Field Marshal Sir Bernard Law Montgomery 1968
No Score Yet Hondo and the Apaches Actor 1967
100% Hotel Duke of Lanbourne 1967
No Score Yet Commando Attack Actor 1967
No Score Yet Cyborg 2087 Garth A7 1966
No Score Yet Ride Beyond Vengeance Brooks Durham 1966
No Score Yet Mary, Mary Dirk Winston 1963
No Score Yet The Lost World Lord John Roxton 1960
No Score Yet Third Man on the Mountain Capt. John Winter 1959
No Score Yet Island in the Sun Hilary Carson 1957
No Score Yet Omar Khayyam Hasani Sabah 1957
No Score Yet Teenage Rebel Jay Fallon 1956
No Score Yet The Rains of Ranchipur Lord Albert Esketh 1955
No Score Yet Soldier of Fortune Inspector Merryweather, Hong Kong Marine Police 1955
No Score Yet Seven Cities of Gold Father Junipero Serra 1955
No Score Yet Desiree Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte 1954
80% Demetrius and the Gladiators Peter 1954
No Score Yet Prince Valiant Narrator 1954
No Score Yet Mambo Enrico Marisoni 1954
No Score Yet King of the Khyber Rifles Brig. Gen. J. R. Maitland 1953
33% The Robe Peter 1953
No Score Yet Dangerous Crossing Dr. Paul Manning 1953
91% Titanic Narrator 1953
No Score Yet Sailor of the King Capt. Richard Saville 1953
No Score Yet Pony Soldier Narrator 1952
No Score Yet Les Miserables Jean Valjean 1952
100% 5 Fingers Colin Travers 1952
No Score Yet Phone Call From a Stranger Dr. Robert Fortness 1952
No Score Yet I'll Never Forget You (The House in the Square) (Man of Two Worlds) Roger Forsyth 1951
71% The Desert Fox Desmond Young 1951
83% The 13th Letter Dr. Pearson 1951
95% The Day the Earth Stood Still Klaatu 1951
No Score Yet Trio Maj. Templeton [Sanatorium] 1950
No Score Yet The Black Rose King Edward 1950
No Score Yet Idol of Paris Hertz 1948
No Score Yet Uneasy Terms Slim Callaghan 1948
No Score Yet Caesar and Cleopatra Quayside Centurion 1945
38% The Wicked Lady Kit Locksby 1945
No Score Yet I'll Be Your Sweetheart Bob Fielding 1945
No Score Yet Suicide Squadron (Dangerous Moonlight) Pilot 1942
No Score Yet Tower of Terror Anthony Hale 1942
No Score Yet Turned Out Nice Again Diner 1941
No Score Yet Ships with Wings Lt. Peter Maxwell 1941
83% Bank Holiday Guardsman 1938
No Score Yet Conquest of Air Actor 1936
No Score Yet Battle of the V-1 (Missiles from Hell) Actor

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Lost in Space
1965-1968
Keeper
  • 1967
  • 1966
93% Batman
1966-1968
Mr. Sandman/Dr. Somnambula
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Prof. Poppy / Dr. P.A.Mundy
  • 1965
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Prof. Edward Lindley
  • 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Allen Oxford
  • 1962
  • 1958

QUOTES FROM Michael Rennie CHARACTERS

Klaatu
I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all or no one is secure. Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We of the other planets have long accepted this principle. We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression. The test of any such higher authority is, of course, the police force that supports it. For our policemen, we created a race of robots. Their function is to patrol the planets—in space ships like this one—and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression, we have given them absolute power over us; this power can not be revoked. At the ?rst sign of violence, they act automatically against the aggressor. The penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk. The result is that we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war—free to pursue more pro?table enterprises. Now, we do not pretend to have achieved perfection, but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet. But if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: Join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer; the decision rests with you.
Klaatu
I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all or no one is secure. Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We of the other planets have long accepted this principle. We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression. The test of any such higher authority is, of course, the police force that supports it. For our policemen, we created a race of robots. Their function is to patrol the planets?in space ships like this one?and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression, we have given them absolute power over us; this power can not be revoked. At the first sign of violence, they act automatically against the aggressor. The penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk. The result is that we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war?free to pursue more pro?table enterprises. Now, we do not pretend to have achieved perfection, but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet. But if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: Join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer; the decision rests with you.
Klaatu
We have come to visit you in peace, with good will.
Klaatu
I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason.