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Richard Crenna



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!

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
78% A Cop (Un Flic)
  • Simon
2013
No Score Yet Daniel Boone
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Out of the Ashes
  • Jake Smith
2003
No Score Yet By Dawn's Early Light
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet 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, Pt. 2 - Americans take to the Road in Style
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Driving Passion, Pt. 1 - The Birth of the Automobile
  • Actor
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
59% Hot Shots! Part Deux
  • Walters
1993
No Score Yet Intruders
  • Dr. Neil Chase
1992
No Score Yet American Sportsman - Fresh Water Fishing
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Le Dernier Cow-Boy
  • Hoyce
1990
No Score Yet Last Flight Out
  • Dan Hood
1990
No Score Yet Lifepulse
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet The Case of the Hillside Stranglers
  • Sgt. Bob Grogan
1989
17% Leviathan
  • Dr. Glen 'Doc' Thompson
1989
36% Rambo III
  • Col. Samuel Trautman
1988
No Score Yet On Wings of Eagles
  • H. Ross Perot
1986
No Score Yet A Case of Deadly Force
  • Lawrence O'Donnell Sr.
1986
15% Summer Rental
  • Al Pellet
1985
No Score Yet The Rape of Richard Beck (The Broken Badge) (Violated)
  • Actor
1985
30% Rambo: First Blood Part II
  • Col. Samuel Trautman
1985
No Score Yet The Rape of Richard Beck
  • Richard Beck
1985
88% The Flamingo Kid
  • Phil Brody
1984
60% Table for Five
  • Mitchell
1983
87% 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 Centennial
  • Col. Frank Skimmerhorn
1978
No Score Yet The Evil
  • C.J. Arnold
1978
78% Breakheart Pass
  • Governor Fairchild
1975
No Score Yet Double Solitaire
  • Actor
1974
11% 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 Ride to Glory
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Deserter
  • Major Brown
1971
100% 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
93% 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
No Score Yet Audubon Video - Wood Stork Barometer of the Everglades
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Nature
1982
  • Narrator

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