Richard Crenna (1926–2003)

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Richard Donald Crenna was born in Los Angeles, California, into a modest-income family, the only child of Edith J. (Pollette) and Domenick Anthony Crenna, a pharmacist. His parents were both of Italian descent. His mother managed a small hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where Richard and his family resided. He began his career when he was eleven ... See full bio »

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 2003 Out of the Ashes (TV Movie)
Jake Smith
 2000-2002 Judging Amy (TV Series)
Jared Duff
- Boys to Men (2002) ... Jared Duff
- Damage Control (2002) ... Jared Duff
- Lost in the System (2002) ... Jared Duff
- Come Back Soon (2002) ... Jared Duff
- The Bottle Show (2002) ... Jared Duff (voice, uncredited)
 2001 The Day Reagan Was Shot (TV Movie)
Ronald Reagan
 2000 By Dawn's Early Light (TV Movie)
Ben Maxwell
 2000 Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For (TV Movie)
Warren Pierce
 1999 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Dr. Martin Rockwell
- Teacher's Pet (1999) ... Dr. Martin Rockwell
 1999 To Serve and Protect (TV Mini Series)
Howard Carr
- Part II (1999) ... Howard Carr
- Part I (1999) ... Howard Carr
 1998 Wrongfully Accused
Fergus Falls
 1995-1998 JAG (TV Series)
Lt. Harmon Rabb, Sr.
- To Russia with Love (1998) ... Lt. Harmon Rabb, Sr. (voice, uncredited)
- Ghost Ship (1997) ... Lt. Harmon Rabb, Sr. (voice, uncredited)
- The Prisoner (1996) ... Lt. Harmon Rabb, Sr. (voice, uncredited)
- A New Life: Part 1 (1995) ... Lt. Harmon Rabb, Sr. (voice, uncredited)
 1997 Cold Case (TV Movie)
 1997 Heart Full of Rain (TV Movie)
Arliss Dockett
 1997 Deep Family Secrets (TV Movie)
Clay Chadway
 1997 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (TV Movie)
Professor Aronnax
 1996 Texas Graces (TV Movie)
Virgil Grace
 1996 Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah (TV Movie)
John Porter
 1996 Nova (TV Series documentary)
- B-29 Frozen in Time (1996) ... Narrator
 1995 Sabrina
Patrick Tyson
 1995 Jade
Governor Edwards
 1995 In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy (TV Movie)
Lucas Constable, Sr.
 1995 A Pyromaniac's Love Story
Tom Lumpke (uncredited)
 1994 Janek: The Silent Betrayal (TV Movie)
Lt. Frank Janek
 1994 Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence (TV Movie)
Jonathan Stone
 1994 The Forget-Me-Not Murders (TV Movie)
Frank Janek
 1993 Hot Shots! Part Deux
Col. Denton Walters
 1993 A Place to Be Loved (TV Movie)
George Russ
 1993 The Wild West (TV Mini Series)
- Gunfighters/Townspeople (1993) ... (voice)
 1992 Terror on Track 9 (TV Movie)
Det. Frank Janek
 1992 Intruders (TV Series)
Dr. Neil Chase
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Dr. Neil Chase
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Dr. Neil Chase
 1991-1992 Pros and Cons (TV Series)
Mitch O'Hannon
- Do You Take This Man? (1992) ... Mitch O'Hannon
- The Ex Spots the Mark (1992) ... Mitch O'Hannon
- Ho! Ho! Hold Up! (1991) ... Mitch O'Hannon
- Scarlet Biretta (1991) ... Mitch O'Hannon
- May the Best Man Win (1991) ... Mitch O'Hannon
 1991 And the Sea Will Tell (TV Movie)
Vincent Bugliosi
 1990 Murder Times Seven (TV Movie)
Frank Janek
 1990 Last Flight Out (TV Movie)
Dan Hood
 1990 Montana (TV Movie)
Hoyce Guthrie
 1990 Murder in Black and White (TV Movie)
Frank Janek
 1989 Stuck with Each Other (TV Movie)
Bert Medwick
 1989 The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (TV Movie)
Sgt. Bob Grogan
 1989 Leviathan
Dr. Glen 'Doc' Thompson
 1988 Internal Affairs (TV Movie)
Frank Janek
 1988 Rambo III
 1987 Plaza Suite (TV Movie)
Roy Hubley
 1987 Kids Like These (TV Movie)
Bob Goodman
 1987 Police Story: The Freeway Killings (TV Movie)
Deputy Chief Bob Devers
 1986 The High Price of Passion (TV Movie)
Williams Douglas
 1986 On Wings of Eagles (TV Mini Series)
H. Ross Perot
- Part II (1986) ... H. Ross Perot
- Part I (1986) ... H. Ross Perot
 1986 A Case of Deadly Force (TV Movie)
Lawrence O'Donnell Sr.
 1985 Doubletake (TV Mini Series)
Frank Janek
- Part 2 (1985) ... Frank Janek
- Part 1 (1985) ... Frank Janek
 1985 Summer Rental
Al Pellet
 1985 The Rape of Richard Beck (TV Movie)
Richard Beck
 1985 Rambo: First Blood Part II
 1984 The Flamingo Kid
Phil Brody
 1984 Passions (TV Movie)
Richard Kennerly
 1984 London and Davis in New York (TV Movie)
John Greyson
 1984 Squaring the Circle (TV Movie)
The Narrator
 1982-1983 It Takes Two (TV Series)
Dr. Sam Quinn
- Instinct (1983) ... Dr. Sam Quinn
- The Suit (1983) ... Dr. Sam Quinn
- Mother and Child Reunion (1983) ... Dr. Sam Quinn
- Molly's Best Friend (1983) ... Dr. Sam Quinn
- Only When You Laugh (1983) ... Dr. Sam Quinn
 1983 Table for Five
 1982 First Blood
 1982 The Day the Bubble Burst (TV Movie)
Jesse Livermore
 1981 Look at Us (TV Series)
 1981 Daniel Boone (TV Movie) (voice)
 1981 The Ordeal of Bill Carney (TV Movie)
Mason Rose
 1981 Body Heat
Edmund Walker
 1980 Fugitive Family (TV Movie)
Brian Roberts / Matthews
 1980 Joshua's World (TV Movie)
Dr. Joshua Torrance
 1980 Death Ship
Trevor Marshall
 1979 Wild Horse Hank
Pace Bradford
 1979 Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure (TV Movie)
William Brewster
 1979 Stone Cold Dead
Sgt. Boyd
 1978-1979 Centennial (TV Mini Series)
Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn
- The Scream of Eagles (1979) ... Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn
- The Winds of Death (1979) ... Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn
- The Winds of Fortune (1979) ... Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn
- The Crime (1979) ... Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn
- The Storm (1979) ... Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn
 1978 A Fire in the Sky (TV Movie)
Jason Voight
 1978 First, You Cry (TV Movie)
David Towers
 1978 Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (TV Movie)
Mike Barry
 1978 The Evil
C.J. Arnold
 1977 The War Between the Tates (TV Movie)
Professor Brian Tate
 1976-1977 All's Fair (TV Series)
Richard C. Barrington
- Charley's Father (1977) ... Richard C. Barrington
- The Jailbirds: Part 2 (1977) ... Richard C. Barrington
- The Jailbirds: Part 1 (1977) ... Richard C. Barrington
- The Dick and Vanessa Show (1977) ... Richard C. Barrington
- Rememberance (1977) ... Richard C. Barrington
 1975 Breakheart Pass
Gov. Richard Fairchild
 1975 A Girl Named Sooner (TV Movie)
R.J. 'Mac' McHenry
 1974 Honky Tonk (TV Movie)
'Candy' Johnson
 1974 Double Solitaire (TV Movie)
 1974 Shootout in a One Dog Town (TV Movie)
Zack Wells
 1974 Nightmare (TV Movie)
Howard Faloon
 1973 Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Father (voice)
 1973 Double Indemnity (TV Movie)
Walter Neff
 1973 The Man Called Noon
 1972 A Cop
 1972 Footsteps (TV Movie)
Paddy O'Connor
 1971-1972 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (TV Series)
Guest Performer
- Episode #5.19 (1972) ... Guest Performer
- Episode #5.6 (1971) ... Guest Performer
- Episode #4.24 (1971) ... Guest Performer
 1971 Thief (TV Movie)
Neal Wilkinson
 1971 Catlow
 1971 Red Sky at Morning
Frank Arnold
 1971 Doctors' Wives
Dr. Peter Brennan
 1970 The Devil's Backbone
Maj. Wade Brown
 1969 Marooned
Jim Pruett
 1969 Midas Run
Mike Warden
 1968 Star!
Richard Aldrich
 1968 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
Alexander Smith
- Episode dated 2 January 1968 (1968) ... Alexander Smith
 1967 Wait Until Dark
Mike Talman
 1966 The Sand Pebbles
Captain Collins
 1966 Made in Paris
Herb Stone
 1964-1965 Slattery's People (TV Series)
James Slattery
- Color Him Red (1965) ... James Slattery
- The Last Commuter (1965) ... James Slattery
- Of Damon, Pythias and Sleeping Dogs (1965) ... James Slattery
- The Hero (1965) ... James Slattery
- What Can You Do with a Wounded Tiger? (1965) ... James Slattery
 1965 John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!
John Goldfarb
 1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Edward Smalley
- The Long, Lost Life of Edward Smalley (1963) ... Edward Smalley
 1957-1963 The Real McCoys (TV Series)
Luke McCoy
- Pepino's Mama (1963) ... Luke McCoy (as Dick Crenna)
- Pals (1963) ... Luke McCoy (as Dick Crenna)
- Don't Be Nosey (1963) ... Luke McCoy (as Dick Crenna)
- The Peacemakers (1963) ... Luke McCoy (as Dick Crenna)
- The Partners (1963) ... Luke McCoy (as Dick Crenna)
 1960 The Deputy (TV Series)
Andy Willis
- A Time to Sow (1960) ... Andy Willis
 1956-1958 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
Sgt. James
- The Cause (1958)
- Barricade on the Big Black (1957) ... Sgt. James
- The Diamond (1956) ... (as Dick Crenna)
 1957 Sally (TV Series)
- Episode #1.6 (1957)
 1957 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Curley Galway
- Hard Bargain (1957) ... Curley Galway
 1957 The Silent Service (TV Series)
Lt. Cmdr.'Jeff' L. L. Davis
- The U.S.S. Pampanito Story (1957) ... Lt. Cmdr.'Jeff' L. L. Davis
 1956 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Elwood Seastrom
- The Promising Young Man (1956) ... Elwood Seastrom
 1956 Over-Exposed
Russell Bassett
 1956 Our Miss Brooks
Walter Denton
 1956 Medic (TV Series)
- Don't Count the Stars (1956) ... Donny
 1956 Frontier (TV Series)
John Leslie
- The 10 Days of John Leslie (1956) ... John Leslie
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Ralph McKnight
- The Ralph McKnight Story (1955) ... Ralph McKnight
 1952-1955 Our Miss Brooks (TV Series)
Walter Denton
- The Blind Date (1955) ... Walter Denton
- Home Cooked Meal (1955) ... Walter Denton
- The Big Jump (1955) ... Walter Denton
- Madison Mascot (1955) ... Walter Denton
- Here Is Your Past (1955) ... Walter Denton
 1952 It Grows on Trees
Ralph Bowen
 1952 The Pride of St. Louis
Paul Dean
 1952 I Love Lucy (TV Series short)
Arthur Morton
- The Young Fans (1952) ... Arthur Morton (as Dick Crenna)
 1952 Red Skies of Montana
Noxon (uncredited)
 1951 Starlift
Movie Theater Usher (uncredited)
 1950 Let's Dance
Bit Part (unconfirmed, uncredited)
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Show Show Soundtrack (3 credits)
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Other Works:

Narrated audio books, including "The Hunt For Red October". See more »

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4 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Dick Crenna | Richard McKenna | Charley Weaver


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Hannah (Penni) Smith  (his death)  (2 children) | See more »


Dominick Anthony Crenna | Edith Crenna

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[on Charles Bronson] I don't think reviews get to Charlie much, though, unless they're especially personal. In the twenty-five years or so I've known him, he's not changed much. He's his own man. Stays pretty much to himself. If he cares what other people think of him, he doesn't show it. See more »


Crenna had a recurring role on Judging Amy (1999) as Jared Duff, the fiancé of Maxine Gray, Tyne Daly's character. His unexpected death prompted the writers of the series to have his character die unexpectedly as well, just before Jared and Maxine were to be married. The 2003 episode, entitled "Requiem", was dedicated to Crenna's memory. See more »


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