Michael Rennie

Michael Rennie

Highest Rated: 100% Five Fingers (1952)

Lowest Rated: 33% The Robe (1953)

Birthday: Aug 25, 1909

Birthplace: Bradford, Yorkshire, England, UK

Best known for his role as Klaatu in the sci-fi classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still," actor Michael Rennie's path to Hollywood stardom was a slow, unique one. Beginning as a car salesman and factory manager, Rennie first worked as a stand-in before putting his career on hold to gain acting experience, studying at repertory theaters throughout Britain. Rennie appeared in numerous minor and uncredited roles throughout the early '40s before proving his acting talent working with one of England's favorite actresses, Margaret Lockwood, on two films: the musical "I'll Be Your Sweetheart" and the period drama "The Wicked Lady." Both films were successful in Britain and led Rennie to Hollywood a few years later. Rennie appeared in numerous films, but none of them nearly achieved the impact of his 1951 film, "The Day the Earth Stood Still," which is considered to be a science-fiction classic. Following his role as the peaceful alien ambassador Klaatu, Rennie appeared in an adaptation of the musical "Les Miserables," although it was not as well-received by critics. With offers for starring roles beginning to dwindle, Rennie seamlessly began to work as a supporting actor throughout the 1950s, appearing in the war film "Sailor of the King" and the drama "The Robe." In the late stages of his career Rennie did extensive work on television, most notably appearing on the popular mystery series "The Third Man." Rennie died from emphysema at age 61.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Assignment Terror Dr. Odo Warnoff (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Battle of the V-1 (Missiles from Hell) Unknown (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 18% Dracula vs. Frankenstein Dr. Odo Warnoff (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goldseekers Harvey Ward (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deadly Game Harvey Ward (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Surabaya Conspiracy Harvey Ward (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 29% The Battle of El Alamein General Bernard Law Montgomery (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Subterfuge Goldsmith (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 43% The Young, the Evil and the Savage Inspector Durand (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 42% The Power Arthur Nordlund (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Chance George McConnell (Character) - 1968
60% 69% The Devil's Brigade Lt. Gen. Mark Clark (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 50% Cyborg 2087 Garth A7 (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Commando Attack Blynn (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Moving Target Major Worthington Clark (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bersaglio mobile Major Worthington Clark (Character) - 1967
100% 37% Hotel Geoffrey (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 17% Ride Beyond Vengeance Brooks Durham (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mary, Mary Dirk Winston (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 21% The Lost World Lord John Roxton (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Missile From Hell Stefan (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 76% Third Man on the Mountain Captain John Winter (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Missiles From Hell Stefan Nowak (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 54% Island in the Sun Hilary Carson (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 33% Omar Khayyam Hasani Sabah (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet 20% Teenage Rebel Jay Fallon (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 50% Seven Cities of Gold Father Junipero Serra (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 58% Soldier of Fortune Inspector Merryweather (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 21% The Rains of Ranchipur Lord Albert Esketh (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 69% Desiree Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte (Character) - 1954
83% 64% Demetrius and the Gladiators Peter (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mambo Enrico Marisoni (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Princess of the Nile Rama Khan (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 48% Dangerous Crossing Dr. Paul Manning (Character) - 1953
33% 69% The Robe Peter (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 50% Sailor of the King Lt. Richard Saville (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 43% King of the Khyber Rifles Brig. Gen. J. R. Maitland (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 49% Phone Call From a Stranger Dr. Robert Fortness (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 40% Les Misérables Jean Valjean (Character) - 1952
100% 90% Five Fingers Colin Travers (Character) - 1952
86% 33% The 13th Letter Dr. Pearson (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll Never Forget You Roger Forsyth (Character) - 1951
95% 87% The Day the Earth Stood Still Klaatu/Carpenter (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Body Said No! Himself (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 49% The Black Rose King Edward (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Golden Madonna Mike Christie (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Cradle Inn Rudolph (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Uneasy Terms Slim Callaghan (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Idol of Paris Unknown (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Root of All Evil Charles Mortimer (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 88% Root of All Evil Charles Mortimer (Character) - 1947
38% 77% The Wicked Lady Kit Locksby (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 55% Caesar and Cleopatra Quayside Centurion (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet I'll Be Your Sweetheart Bob Fielding (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tower of Terror Anthony Hale (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ships With Wings Lt Maxwell (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 60% Dangerous Moonlight Kapulski (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Patient Vanishes Inspector (Character) - 1941

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lux Radio Theater Unknown (Character) 2020
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Spy Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
93% 78% Batman Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Daniel Boone Unknown (Guest Star) 1966 1964
No Score Yet 71% Lost in Space The Keeper (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet 12 O'Clock High Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Branded Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1963 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Prof. Edward Lindley (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1962 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1958-1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walt Disney's Disneyland Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Climax! Unknown (Character) 1957-1958 1955

QUOTES FROM Michael Rennie CHARACTERS

Klaatu says: 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 says: 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 says: We have come to visit you in peace, with good will.

Klaatu says: I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason.