RICHARD CRENNA Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Richard Donald Crenna                                                                     
Born: 30 November 1926 Los Angeles, California, U.S.                                           
Died: 17 January 2003 Los Angeles                                                               
Richard Donald Crenna (November 30, 1926 - January 17, 2003) was an American                   
film, television and radio actor. He starred in such motion pictures as The Sand               
Pebbles, Wait Until Dark, Body Heat, First Blood (and its following Rambo                       
sequels), Hot Shots! Part Deux, and The Flamingo Kid. Perhaps though he is best                 
remembered for his role as Walter Denton in the CBS radio and television series                 
"Our Miss Brooks"; or as Luke McCoy in the ABC and CBS sitcom The Real McCoys (1957-1963).     
Crenna was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Edith J. (nee Pollette),                 
who managed a hotel, and Domenick Anthony Crenna, a pharmacist. He had Italian                 
ancestry. Crenna attended Belmont High School and the University of Southern                   
California in Los Angeles.                                                                     
Crenna got his acting start on radio, appearing in My Favorite Husband, Boy                     
Scout Jamboree, A Date With Judy, The Great Gildersleeve, and Our Miss Brooks.                 
He remained with the cast of the latter show when it transitioned to television.               
When Our Miss Brooks starring Eve Arden, underwent a change in format -- his                   
character Walter Denton was omitted -- Crenna joined the The Real McCoys.                       
Kathleen Nolan was cast as his young wife, Kate McCoy; they lived on a                         
California farm with Grandpa Amos McCoy, Brennan's best-known role. Crenna guest               
starred on I Love Lucy and played the lead as a state legislator in the 1964-1965               
series Slattery's People, both on CBS.                                                         
Crenna is perhaps best known for his role as John Rambo's ex-Commanding Officer                 
"Colonel Trautman" in the first three Rambo films. He also spoofed the role in                 
Hot Shots! Part Deux, as a homage to his Rambo character. He also has a star on                 
the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6714 Hollywood Blvd.                                             
Crenna contracted pancreatic cancer but died of heart failure at the age of                     
seventy-six. At the time of his death, he had a recurring role in the CBS series               
Judging Amy. On the show, his passing was acknowledged by the death of the                     
character that he portrayed.                                                                   
Crenna's son, Richard Anthony Crenna, is also an actor.