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Richard Donald Crenna (November 30, 1926 – January 17, 2003) was an American motion picture, television, and radio actor[4] and occasional television director.[5] Richard Crenna
Richard Crenna
starred in such motion pictures as The Sand Pebbles, Wait Until Dark,[5] Un Flic, Body Heat,[5] the first three Rambo movies,[4] Hot Shots! Part Deux,[4] and The Flamingo Kid. Crenna's first success came on radio in 1948 as high school student "Walter Denton" co-starring with Eve Arden
Eve Arden
and Gale Gordon
Gale Gordon
in the CBS
CBS
network series Our Miss Brooks. Crenna continued with the long running comedy in its 1952 move into television. He also had a role as "Luke McCoy" in the ABC television, and later CBS, series The Real McCoys (1957–63).

Contents

1 Early life 2 World War II
World War II
service 3 Education 4 Acting career

4.1 Radio years 4.2 Early television years 4.3 1960s-1970s 4.4 1980s-early 2000s

5 Honors 6 Illnesses and death 7 Select filmography 8 References 9 External links

Early life[edit] Crenna was born November 30, 1926, in Los Angeles, the only child of Edith J. (née Pollette), who was a hotel manager in Los Angeles, and Dominick Anthony Crenna, a pharmacist. His parents were both of Italian descent.[6] Crenna attended Virgil Junior High School, followed by Belmont High School in Los Angeles, from which he graduated in 1944.[citation needed] World War II
World War II
service[edit]

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Following high school, Crenna served in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the infantry as a radioman, where he saw combat in Belgium
Belgium
during the Battle of the Bulge
Battle of the Bulge
(late 1944–early 1945). He also briefly served in the Pacific Theater of World War II
World War II
processing intercepted Japanese radio messages.[7] Education[edit] After World War II, Crenna attended the University of Southern California where he majored in English, eventually receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.[5][8] Acting career[edit]

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Radio years[edit] Crenna got his acting start on radio. In 1937, he had gained his first role that of "the kid who did everything wrong" on Boy Scout Jamboree, a show on which he continued to appear occasionally in numerous roles until 1948. In the following year, he started playing Walter "Bronco" Thompson on The Great Gildersleeve, and played it until the show's end in 1957. He appeared as a delivery boy in My Favorite Husband
My Favorite Husband
episode "Liz Cooks Dinner for 12", was Oogie Pringle on A Date With Judy episode "The Competitive Diet" and several other episodes from the show and as a teenager on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show episode "Watching the Neighbor's Daughter". Early television years[edit] From 1948, Crenna played Walter Denton on radio's Our Miss Brooks remaining with the cast when it moved into television in 1952. He guest starred on the I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy
episode "The Young Fans" with Janet Waldo and on NBC's 1955–56 anthology series, Frontier, in the lead role of the episode entitled "The Ten Days of John Leslie". In 1955, he was the guest star on The Millionaire in the episode "The Ralph McKnight Story". In 1956, on the television series Father Knows Best, Crenna appeared in the episode "The Promising Young Man" as a protege named Woody. In 1957, he played a bank robber on the Cheyenne show (season 2, episode 19). In 1956 when the Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks
TV series underwent a change in format, the character of Walter Denton was dropped. Crenna then joined the cast of the comedy series The Real McCoys, as Luke McCoy. Kathleen Nolan was cast as his young wife, Kate McCoy. Later, Crenna became one of the four directors of the series during its six-year run (1957–63). 1960s-1970s[edit] In the 1960s, Richard Crenna
Richard Crenna
directed many episodes of The Andy Griffith Show credited as "Dick Crenna". He also directed episodes of Lou Grant, which ran on CBS
CBS
from 1977-82.[citation needed]

Crenna and Kathleen Nolan
Kathleen Nolan
in The Real McCoys, 1960

Crenna portrayed California state senator James Slattery in the CBS-TV series, Slattery's People
Slattery's People
(1964–65). For his acting in this series, he was twice nominated for an Emmy Award
Emmy Award
with slightly different names: for "Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment" and for "Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic Series", both in 1965. Crenna was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for "Best TV Star – Male" for this same role, again in 1965. In 1966, Crenna played beside Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen
as an ill-fated captain of an American gunboat in 1930s China in The Sand Pebbles. During the 1970s, Crenna continued his acting in such Western dramas such as Catlow, Breakheart Pass, and The Man Called Noon. He made a notable performance in Jean-Pierre Melville's final film Un Flic
Un Flic
in 1972. In 1976 Crenna returned to weekly network television in the Norman Lear
Norman Lear
CBS
CBS
sit-com All's Fair. The single season political satire co-starred a young Bernadette Peters. The 1978 NBC-TV miniseries, Centennial, based on James A. Michener's historical novel Centennial, saw Crenna in the role of deranged religious fanatic, Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn, who ordered the 1864 massacre of Colorado
Colorado
American Indians.

Crenna and Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
in All's Fair, 1976

1980s-early 2000s[edit] Crenna won an Emmy Award,[5] and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for his performance as the main character in the 1985 movie The Rape of Richard Beck.[9] Crenna played John Rambo's ex-commanding officer Colonel Sam Trautman in the first three Rambo films, a role for which he was hired after the actor Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
left the production just one day into the filming of the first movie of the series. Crenna himself also spoofed this character in the movie Hot Shots! Part Deux, in 1993. Crenna portrayed the character of New York City Police Lieutenant of Detectives Frank Janek in a series of seven popular made for television films starting in 1988 and ending in 1994. The character of Janek originally appeared in a series of novels by Award-winning author William Bayer. Honors[edit] Crenna was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
located at 6714 Hollywood Boulevard. Illnesses and death[edit]

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Crenna had pancreatic cancer, and died on January 17, 2003 at age 76 of heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, with his wife, Penni, and his three adult children by his side, said his daughter Seana Crenna. His remains were cremated. Select filmography[edit]

Let's Dance (1950) as Bit Part (uncredited) Red Skies of Montana (1952) as Noxon (uncredited) The Pride of St. Louis
The Pride of St. Louis
(1952) as Paul Dean It Grows on Trees
It Grows on Trees
(1952) as Ralph Bowen Over-Exposed
Over-Exposed
(1956) as Russell Bassett Our Miss Brooks
Our Miss Brooks
(1956) as Walter Denton The Real McCoys
The Real McCoys
(1957–1963) as Luke McCoy John Goldfarb, Please Come Home
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home
(1965) as John Goldfarb Made in Paris
Made in Paris
(1966) as Herb Stone The Sand Pebbles (1966) as Captain Collins Wait Until Dark (1967) as Mike Talman Star! (1968) as Richard Aldrich Midas Run
Midas Run
(1969) as Mike Warden Marooned (1969) as Jim Pruett Doctors' Wives (1971) as Dr. Peter Brennan The Deserter (1971) as Maj. Wade Brown Red Sky at Morning (1971) as Frank Arnold Catlow
Catlow
(1971) as Cowan Un Flic
Un Flic
Fr. aka "Dirty Money" (1972) as Simon The Man Called Noon (1973) as Noon Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973) as Father (voice) Breakheart Pass (1975) as Gov. Richard Fairchild The Evil (1978) as C.J. Arnold Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978) as Mike Barry A Fire In The Sky (1978) as Jason Voight Centennial (1978) as Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn Stone Cold Dead (1979) as Sgt. Boyd Wild Horse Hank
Wild Horse Hank
(1979) as Pace Bradford Death Ship (1980) as Trevor Marshall Body Heat
Body Heat
(1981) as Edmund Walker First Blood
First Blood
(1982) as Col. Samuel Trautman It Takes Two (1982 TV series)
It Takes Two (1982 TV series)
as Dr. Sam Quinn Table for Five
Table for Five
(1983) as Mitchell The Flamingo Kid
The Flamingo Kid
(1984) as Phil Brody Terror in the Aisles
Terror in the Aisles
(1984) (documentary) (archival footage) Rambo: First Blood
First Blood
Part II (1985) as Col. Samuel Trautman The Rape of Richard Beck (1985) as Richard Beck Summer Rental
Summer Rental
(1985) as Al Pellet Rambo III (1988) as Col. Samuel Trautman Leviathan (1989) as Dr. Glen 'Doc' Thompson Hot Shots! Part Deux
Hot Shots! Part Deux
(1993) as Col. Denton Walters A Pyromaniac's Love Story
A Pyromaniac's Love Story
(1995) as Tom Lumpke (uncredited) Jade (1995) as Governor Edwards Sabrina (1995) as Patrick Tyson 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997) as Professor Aronnax Wrongfully Accused
Wrongfully Accused
(1998) as Lieutenant Fergus Falls Judging Amy
Judging Amy
(1999–2002) as Jared Duff By Dawn's Early Light (2000) as Ben Maxwell The Day Reagan Was Shot
The Day Reagan Was Shot
(2001) as Ronald Reagan Rambo IV (2008) as Col. Samuel Trautman (archive footage, uncredited) Rambo: The Video Game (2014) (Voice / Character Likeness / Uncredited)

References[edit]

^ " Richard Crenna
Richard Crenna
bio". The Gettysburg Times. Retrieved November 30, 2017.  ^ "Crenna, Richard Donald, Cpl". Together We Served. Retrieved November 30, 2017.  ^ "Crenna, Richard Donald,Cpl". Together We Served. Retrieved November 30, 2017.  ^ a b c "Richard Crenna". The New York Times.  ^ a b c d e Kilgannon, Corey (January 19, 2003). "Richard Crenna, Veteran Actor, Is Dead at 76". The New York Times. Retrieved April 17, 2011.  ^ Newspaperarchive.com ^ "Crenna, Richard Donald, Cpl". Together We Served. Retrieved November 30, 2017.  ^ Richard Crenna
Richard Crenna
Biography – Yahoo! Movies ^ "The Rape of Richard Beck". The New York Times. 

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