Birthday: November 30, 1926 Birth
Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Height: 6' 1"
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Richard Crenna was born into a modest-income family. His mother managed a small hotel in downtown Los Angeles where Richard and his family resided. When he finished high school he enrolled at the University of Southern California and majored in Theater Arts. He first appeared on network radio while still a teenager as Ougy Pringle in "A Date with Judy" (1946). When that show was canceled he was cast in the role of Walter Denton on "Our Miss Brooks" and stayed in the part when the show moved from radio to television ("Our Miss Brooks" (1952)). The part called for a gangly, awkward, cracked-voice adolescent. Crenna was a tall, graceful man with a rich voice, yet his acting skills were such that he was easily able to fulfill the character's requirements, leading many viewers to believe that he actually was of high school age, when in fact he was 26 years old at the time. When the show was canceled he was cast as "Luke" on "The Real McCoys" (1957). Richard married shortly after his graduation from USC, but the marriage was short-lived. He met and married his last wife in the late 1950s. He has more than 70 major motion pictures to his credit.
Was successfully treated for thyroid cancer, which almost claimed his voice.
Richard has three children - Seana, a social worker (b. 1955); Richard Anthony Crenna, an actor (b. 1962); and Maria, a CBS Vice-president (b. 1966). He also has two grandchildren - Emma (b. 1994) and Isabella (b. 1997).
Liked playing golf.
Crenna's character, Col. Denton Walters, in Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), is a tip of the hat to his old character Walter Denton in the radio and television series "Our Miss Brooks".
His mother is named Penni.
Attended Belmont High School in Los Angeles
He spoofed his role from the Rambo films in Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993).
Member of the KAppa Sigma Fraternity at the University of Southern California.
Attended Virgil Junior High School on Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles. Today it's known as Virgil Middle School.
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