Richard Denning

Richard Denning

Highest Rated: 88% The Glass Key (1942)

Lowest Rated: 57% Twice Told Tales (1963)

Birthday: Mar 27, 1914

Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

The son of a Poughkeepsie garment manufacturer, Richard Denning majored in foreign trade and accounting at Woodbury College with the intent of taking over his father's business. Coming to Hollywood after winning a minor-league radio talent contest, Denning was signed to a Paramount stock-player contract in 1937. He made his debut in Hold Em Navy. Handsome and virile, Denning wasn't given much of an opportunity to display anything beyond his physical attributes in his first film appearances. He continued as a competent if colorless leading man into the postwar years where one of his best known roles was the human lead in The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Denning was seen to better advantage on television as the star of the popular comedy/mystery series Mr. and Mrs. North (1952-54); he later played the title roles in the weekly The Flying Doctor (1959) and Michael Shayne, Private Detective (1960). He also co-starred on radio with Lucille Ball in My Favorite Husband, the late-1940s precursor to I Love Lucy While living in semi-retirement in Hawaii with his wife, actress Evelyn Ankers, Denning made sporadic appearances as the governor of that state on the long-running TV police drama Hawaii 5-0. Richard Denning has spent the last three decades serving as a lay minister in the Lutheran church.

Highest Rated Movies



80% Mary, Queen of Scots Francis, King of France 1972
No Score Yet Alice Through the Looking-Glass The 1966
57% Twice Told Tales Jonathan Maulle 1963
60% The Black Scorpion Hamk Scott 1957
63% An Affair to Remember Kenneth Bradley 1957
No Score Yet The Buckskin Lady Dr. Bruce Merritt 1957
No Score Yet Girls in Prison Rev. Fulton 1956
No Score Yet Day the World Ended Rick 1955
No Score Yet Creature With the Atom Brain Dr. Chet Walker 1955
No Score Yet Magnificent Matador Mark Russell 1955
No Score Yet Target Earth Frank 1954
85% Creature from the Black Lagoon Mark Williams 1954
No Score Yet Battle of Rogue River Stacey Wyatt 1954
No Score Yet The 49th Man Chief Investigator Paul Reagan 1953
No Score Yet The Glass Web Dave Markson 1953
No Score Yet Hangman's Knot Lee Kemper 1952
No Score Yet Okinawa Lt. Phillips 1952
No Score Yet Week-End with Father Don Adams 1951
No Score Yet Why Men Leave Home Dr. John Waldron 1951
No Score Yet No Man of Her Own Hugh Harkness 1950
No Score Yet Double Deal Buzz 1950
No Score Yet Unknown Island John Fairbanks 1948
No Score Yet Lady at Midnight Peter Wiggins 1948
No Score Yet Seven Were Saved Capt. Allen Danton 1947
No Score Yet Black Beauty Bill Dixon 1946
88% The Glass Key Taylor Henry 1942
No Score Yet Quiet Please: Murder Hal McByrne 1942
No Score Yet Adam Had Four Sons Older Jack 1941
No Score Yet Love Thy Neighbor Joe 1940
No Score Yet North West Mounted Police Constable Thornton 1940
No Score Yet Geronimo Lt. Lamed 1939
No Score Yet The Star Maker Assistant Dance Director 1939
No Score Yet The Gracie Allen Murder Case Fred 1939
No Score Yet Some Like It Hot (Rhythm Romance) Mr. Weems 1939
No Score Yet Union Pacific Reporter 1939
No Score Yet Our Neighbors - The Carters Pilot 1939
No Score Yet King of Chinatown Interne 1939
No Score Yet The Texans Cpl. Parker 1938
86% You and Me Man 1938
No Score Yet The Buccaneer Capt. Reid 1938
No Score Yet College Swing Student 1938
No Score Yet Her Jungle Love Pilot 1938
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1938 Officer 1937
No Score Yet West Point Widow Actor


No Score Yet The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Director 1965


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