Richard Crenna

Highest Rated: 97% Body Heat (1981)
Birthday: Nov 30, 1926
Birthplace: Not Available
American actor Richard Crenna started out as a radio performer at age 11, demonstrating an astonishing range for one so young. The momentum of his career was unaffected by an army hitch and time spent earning an English degree at the University of Southern California. But even though he was by then in his twenties, Crenna found himself still playing adolescents, notably squeaky-voiced high schooler Walter Denton on the radio comedy Our Miss Brooks. That he was able to play characters of virtually any age was overlooked by movie and TV casting directors, who could see Crenna only in callow-juvenile roles. After making an excellent impression as ballplayer Daffy Dean in the 1953 film Pride of St. Louis, for example, Crenna wasn't cast in another film until the 1955 movie version of Our Miss Brooks--in which, at 29, he was Walter Denton once more. The following year, Crenna decided "to sorta let Walter Denton die," and took a decidedly mature role in the sleazy exploitation film Over-Exposed (1956). It was a fully grown Crenna who took on the role of Luke McCoy on the Walter Brennan TV series The Real McCoys, which ran from 1957 through 1963 and which gave Crenna his first opportunities as a director. After McCoys, Crenna found himself facing potential career standstill again, since it seemed that now he was typed as the rubeish Luke McCoy. This time, however, the actor had impressed enough producers with his dogged work ethic and the range displayed in guest-star appearances. In 1964, Crenna was cast in a prestigious TV drama For the People as assistant DA David Koster, and though the program lasted only one season, Crenna was firmly established as a compelling dramatic actor. Still, and despite solid Richard Crenna film performances in The Sand Pebbles (1966), Body Heat (1981) and The Flamingo Kid (1985), the actor has never completely escaped the spectre of Walter Denton. Crenna was able to conjure up the old adenoidal Denton voice on talk shows of the 1980s and 1990s, and in the action-film spoof Hot Shots: Part Deux, the actor, with an absolute straight face, portrayed Colonel Denton Walters!

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
78% A Cop (Un Flic) Simon $48.5K 2013
No Score Yet Out of the Ashes Jake Smith 2003
60% The Day Reagan Was Shot Ronald Reagan 2001
No Score Yet Legendary Lighthouses Actor 2001
No Score Yet By Dawn's Early Light Ben Maxwell 2000
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For Warren Pierce 2000
No Score Yet To Serve and Protect Howard Carr 1999
22% Wrongfully Accused Fergus Falls 1998
No Score Yet The Legendary Warrior Actor 1998
No Score Yet 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Prof. Aronnax 1997
No Score Yet Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah John Porter 1996
65% Sabrina Patrick Tyson 1995
14% Jade Gov. Edwards 1995
No Score Yet In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy Lucas Constable Sr. 1995
0% A Pyromaniac's Love Story Businessman 1995
No Score Yet Driving Passion: America's Love Affair with the Car, Part 3 - Golden Age of Detroit Host 1995
No Score Yet Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence Jonathan Stone 1994
57% Hot Shots! Part Deux Walters 1993
No Score Yet A Place to Be Loved (Shattered Family) George Russ 1993
No Score Yet Intruders Dr. Neil Chase 1992
No Score Yet Le Dernier Cow-Boy Hoyce 1990
No Score Yet Last Flight Out Dan Hood 1990
No Score Yet The Case of the Hillside Stranglers Sgt. Bob Grogan 1989
17% Leviathan Dr. Glen 'Doc' Thompson 1989
39% Rambo III Col. Samuel Trautman 1988
No Score Yet A Case of Deadly Force Lawrence O'Donnell Sr. 1986
No Score Yet On Wings of Eagles H. Ross Perot 1986
13% Summer Rental Al Pellet 1985
No Score Yet The Rape of Richard Beck (The Broken Badge) (Violated) Actor 1985
38% Rambo: First Blood Part II Col. Samuel Trautman 1985
No Score Yet Doubletake Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Rape of Richard Beck Richard Beck 1985
83% The Flamingo Kid Phil Brody 1984
67% Table for Five Mitchell 1983
88% First Blood Trautman 1982
No Score Yet The Day the Bubble Burst Jesse Livermore 1982
97% Body Heat Edmund Walker 1981
20% Death Ship Capt. Trevor Marshall 1980
No Score Yet Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure Rev. William Brewster 1979
No Score Yet Better Late Than Never Director 1979
No Score Yet Stone Cold Dead Sgt. Boyd 1979
No Score Yet Wild Horse Hank Pace Bradford 1979
No Score Yet A Fire in the Sky Jason Voight 1978
No Score Yet Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell Mike Barry 1978
No Score Yet First You Cry David Towers 1978
No Score Yet The Evil C.J. Arnold 1978
No Score Yet Centennial Col. Frank Skimmerhorn 1978
75% Breakheart Pass Governor Fairchild 1975
No Score Yet Double Solitaire Actor 1974
10% Jonathan Livingston Seagull Father 1973
No Score Yet Footsteps Paddy O'Connor 1972
No Score Yet The Man Called Noon (Un Hombre llamado Noon) Noon 1972
No Score Yet Catlow Cowan 1971
No Score Yet Doctors' Wives Pete Brennan 1971
No Score Yet Deserter Major Brown 1971
83% Marooned Jim Pruett 1969
No Score Yet Star! Richard Aldrich 1968
95% Wait Until Dark Mike Talman 1967
No Score Yet Made in Paris Herb Stone 1966
94% The Sand Pebbles Capt. Collins 1966
No Score Yet John Goldfarb, Please Come Home John Goldfarb 1965
No Score Yet Our Miss Brooks Walter Denton 1956
No Score Yet Over-Exposed Russell Bassett 1956
No Score Yet It Grows on Trees Ralph Bowen 1952
No Score Yet Pride of St. Louis Paul Dean 1952
No Score Yet Red Skies of Montana Noxon 1952
No Score Yet Daniel Boone Actor 1936

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Judging Amy
1999-2005
Jarred Duff Jared Jared Duff
  • 2004
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Chicago Hope
1994-2000
Dr. Martin Rockwell
  • 1999
No Score Yet Nature
1982
Narrator
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Director
  • 1978
No Score Yet James at 15
1977-1978
Director
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Director
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Father Knows Best
1954-1960
  • 1956
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Arthur Morton
  • 1952
No Score Yet Gabriel's Fire
1990-1991
Mitch O'Hannon

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