Richard Donald Crenna (November 30, 1926 â€“ January 17, 2003) was an American actor. He had a long career in films, appearing in such movies as The Sand Pebbles, Wait Until Dark, Body Heat, First Blood (and its following Rambo sequels), Hot Shots! Part Deux and The Flamingo Kid.
Crenna was born in Los Angeles, California to Italian immigrants from Tuscany, Italy. His father was a pharmacist and his mother managed a hotel. He attended Belmont High School and the University of Southern California.
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 underwent a format change, writing out his character Walter Denton, he moved to another television program, The Real McCoys starring Walter Brennan. Crenna played the lead in a television series for one season in 1964's Slattery's People.
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Richard Crenna was born in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County