The veteran actor started his career in the 1940s in radio as squeaky voiced teenager Walter Denton on Our Miss Brooks, achieving fame when the series, starring comedy icon Eve Arden, moved to television. Nearly five decades later, Crenna gave a tongue-in-cheek nod to his youthful beginnings when he played Colonel Denton Walters in the Jim Abrahams/Pat Proft comedy Hot Shots! Part Deux. Although he made several films in the 1950s, Crenna's first notable adult roles came as the star of such television series as The Real McCoys and Slattery's People.
On the big screen regularly since the mid '60s, Crenna has appeared in such diverse roles as the gang boss in Dirty Money, Kathleen Turner's doomed husband in Body Heat, a beach club bigshot in The Flamingo Kid (opposite a young Matt Dillon) and Colonel Trautman in the Rambo trilogy. His other feature credits include The Sand Pebbles and Wait Until Dark with Audrey Hepburn.
During his television career, Crenna won an Emmy for his starring role in The Rape of Richard Beck and starred as Detective Lt. Frank Janek in the telefilms Double-Take, Murder in Black and White, Internal Affairs, Murder Times Seven and Terror on Track 9. Crenna has over 70 television movies and feature films to his credit.
Richard Crenna Facts
|Richard Donald Crenna
|November 30, 1926
|Los Angeles, California, USA
|Date of death
|January 18, 2003 (age 76)
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