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Michael Rennie (I) (1909–1971)

The British actor Michael Rennie worked as a car salesman and factory manager before he turned to acting. A meeting with a Gaumont-British Studios casting director led to Rennie's first acting job - that of stand-in for Robert Young in Secret Agent (1936) directed by Alfred Hitchcock. He put his film career on hold for a few years to get some ... See full bio »

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 1970 Assignment Terror
Dr. Odo Warnoff
 1969 Stoney
Harvey Ward
 1967-1969 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Eric Reverson / Albert Robinson / Major John Anka / ...
- Caesar's Wife (1969) ... Eric Reverson
- The Daughter (1968) ... Albert Robinson / Major John Anka
- The Conspirators (1967) ... Conrad Letterman
 1968 Subterfuge
 1968 European Eye (TV Movie)
Martin Purcell
 1968 Premiere (TV Series)
- The Search (1968)
 1968 The Last Chance
George McConnell
 1968 The Power
Arthur Nordlund
 1968 The Young, the Evil and the Savage
Inspector Durand
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Vice Chancellor Pierre Alquist / Magnus
- Summit Meeting: Part II (1967) ... Vice Chancellor Pierre Alquist
- Summit Meeting: Part I (1967) ... Vice Chancellor Pierre Alquist
- The Innocent (1967) ... Magnus
 1967 The Danny Thomas Hour (TV Series)
Paul Heaton
- Fame Is a Four-Letter Word (1967) ... Paul Heaton
 1967 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Barnaby Partridge
- The THRUSH Roulette Affair (1967) ... Barnaby Partridge
 1967 Death on the Run
Major Worthington Clark
 1967 I Spy (TV Series)
- Laya (1967) ... Hamilton
 1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Johnny Hobart
- The Red Tornado (1967) ... Johnny Hobart
 1966-1967 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Inspector Kauslake / Edward Parker Greene
- Blind Man's Bluff (1967) ... Inspector Kauslake
- One Embezzlement and Two Margaritas (1966) ... Edward Parker Greene
 1967 Hotel
Geoffrey - Duke of Lanbourne
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
 1966 Jericho (TV Series)
Major George Quincy
- Four O'Clock Bomb to London (1966) ... Major George Quincy
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
- The People Trap (1966)
 1964-1966 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Edgar Newton / Maj. Peter Wellington
- First in War, First in Peace (1966) ... Edgar Newton
- The Sound of Wings (1964) ... Maj. Peter Wellington
 1966 Cyborg 2087
Garth A7
 1966 Lost in Space (TV Series)
The Keeper
- The Keeper: Part 2 (1966) ... The Keeper
- The Keeper: Part 1 (1966) ... The Keeper
 1966 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Gen. St. John Keighley
- The Slaughter Pen (1966) ... Gen. St. John Keighley
 1966 Mr. Paracelaus, Who Are You? (TV Movie)
 1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance
Brooks Durham
 1965 Branded (TV Series)
Charles Briswell
- Salute the Soldier Briefly (1965) ... Charles Briswell
 1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Robert Thurston
- Rapture at Two-Forty (1965) ... Robert Thurston
 1965 Bonanza (TV Series)
Prof. Poppy / Dr. P.A.Mundy
- Once a Doctor (1965) ... Prof. Poppy / Dr. P.A.Mundy
 1965 Mark Dolphin (TV Movie)
 1963 Mary, Mary
Dirk Winsten
 1957-1963 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Robert Harrison Clarke / John Cameron
- The Robert Harrison Clarke Story (1963) ... Robert Harrison Clarke
- The John Cameron Story (1957) ... John Cameron
 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Ralph Manson
- The Long Silence (1963) ... Ralph Manson
 1963 The Virginian (TV Series)
Michael O'Rourke
- Vengeance Is the Spur (1963) ... Michael O'Rourke
 1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Prof. Edward Lindley
- The Case of the Libelous Locket (1963) ... Prof. Edward Lindley
 1961-1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
General Conrad Munday / Inspector Marshall
- Project X (1963) ... General Conrad Munday
- The Fifth Caller (1961) ... Inspector Marshall
 1958-1962 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Sir Humphrey J. Orford / Allen Bliss
- The Silk Petticoat (1962) ... Sir Humphrey J. Orford
- The Foghorn (1958) ... Allen Bliss
 1961 Route 66 (TV Series)
- Fly Away Home: Part II (1961) ... Summers
- Fly Away Home: Part I (1961) ... Summers
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Julius Ulrich
- The Sisters (1961) ... Julius Ulrich
 1961 The Americans (TV Series)
Capt. James Duquesne
- Rebellion at Blazing Rock (1961) ... Capt. James Duquesne
 1958-1960 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Marshal Locke Gardner / Grant Coburn / Matthew Birch
- The Man in the Middle (1960) ... Marshal Locke Gardner
 1959 Third Man on the Mountain
Captain John Winter
 1958 Pursuit (TV Series)
 1958 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
Walter Brand
- The Connoisseur (1958) ... Walter Brand
 1958 Decision (TV Series)
Colonel T.J. Allan
- The Tall Man (1958) ... Colonel T.J. Allan
 1958 Missiles from Hell
 1958 Suspicion (TV Series)
Angus Martin
- The Woman Turned to Salt (1958) ... Angus Martin
 1955-1958 Climax! (TV Series)
Lieutenant Barton / Lorenzo / Dr. Fitzroy / ...
- The Volcano Seat (1958) ... Lieutenant Barton
- The Secret of the Red Room (1957) ... Lorenzo
- A Taste for Crime (1957) ... Dr. Fitzroy
- The Strange Deaths at Burnleigh (1957) ... James MacLennan
- Strange Sanctuary (1957) ... 'Irish' Sean Dillon
 1958 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series)
 1957 Island in the Sun
Hilary Carson
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Eric Millet
- Circle of the Day (1957) ... Eric Millet
 1956 Teenage Rebel
Jay Fallon
 1956 Producers' Showcase (TV Series)
Howard Joyce
- The Letter (1956) ... Howard Joyce
 1955 The Rains of Ranchipur
Lord Albert Esketh
 1955 Soldier of Fortune
Inspector Merryweather
 1954 Mambo
Enrico Marisoni
 1954 Princess of the Nile
Rama Khan
 1954 Prince Valiant
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1953 King of the Khyber Rifles
Brig. Gen. J. R. Maitland
 1953 The Robe
 1953 Dangerous Crossing
Dr. Paul Manning
 1953 Sailor of the King
Lt. Richard Saville
 1953 The Desert Rats
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1953 Titanic
End Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1952 Pony Soldier
Ending Narrator (uncredited)
 1952 5 Fingers
Colin Travers
 1952 Phone Call from a Stranger
Dr. Robert Fortness
 1951 The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1951 I'll Never Forget You
Roger Forsyth
 1951 The 13th Letter
Dr. Pearson
 1950 Trio
Major Templeton (segment "Sanatorium")
 1949 Miss Pilgrim's Progress
Bob Thane
 1949 The Golden Madonna
Mike Christie
 1948 Idol of Paris
 1947 High Fury
 1947 The Root of All Evil
Charles Mortimer
 1945 I'll Be Your Sweetheart
Bob Fielding
 1943/II The Sky's the Limit (Short)
 1942 The Big Blockade
Royal Air Force: George
 1941 Ships with Wings
Lieut. Maxwell
 1941 Tower of Terror
Anthony Hale
 1941 'Pimpernel' Smith
Prison Camp Officer (uncredited)
 1941 Suicide Squadron
 1941 Turned Out Nice Again
Diner (uncredited)
 1941 The Patient Vanishes
 1940 The Briggs Family
Plainclothes Policeman (uncredited)
 1939 Shadows of the Underworld
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1938 Bank Holiday
Guardsman (uncredited)
 1938 The Divorce of Lady X
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1937 Murder on Diamond Row
Medical Examiner (uncredited)
 1937 Gangway
Ship's Officer (uncredited)
 1937 Gypsy
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1936 The Conquest of the Air
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1936 The Man Who Could Work Miracles
San Francisco Cop (uncredited)
 1936 Secret Agent
Army Captain (uncredited)
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Show Show Self (3 credits)
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Unsold pilot: Co-starred in a pilot for a CBS dramatic series called "Mark Dolphin" that the Saturday Evening Post said was so bad it became "synonymous with total disaster in show business idiom." See more »

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I suppose women find me attractive because I am polite, charming, courteous . . . a gentleman. My romantic reputation is an exaggeration. The realities are a bit different. See more »


A heavy smoker, Rennie had respiratory problems for many years. During the run of the Broadway comedy "Mary, Mary" in the early 1960s, he was hospitalized several times; this did not prevent him from being hired to replay his role in the film version, Mary, Mary (1963). His voice was dubbed in The Battle of El Alamein (1969) due to his chronic health problems. Similarly, his own voice is not ... See more »



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