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Richard Donald Crenna
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Birth: Nov. 30, 1926
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Jan. 17, 2003
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Richard Donald 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 McCoy on the situation comedy 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. Richard Crenna died at age 76 of heart failure on January 17, 2003.
-- Above bio excerpted from the IMDB website.

During the months of October and November of this year, Lakeside Productions, Inc. produced a television miniseries titled "Family Shield." Principal actors in the production are Craig T. Nelson (of Coach), Richard Crenna, John Corbett, Joanna Cassidy and Amanda Detmer. The fictional story revolves around three generations of Dallas Police officers who pursue a serial killer. It is scheduled to air on NBC in February, 1999. The name was changed to "To Serve and Protect."

Posted on this memorial are photos taken from that miniseries. 
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Robert E Rommel
Record added: Sep 03, 2013
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Richard Donald Crenna
Added by: Robert E Rommel
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 Added: Jan. 18, 2014
I enjoyed meeting and working with Richard Crenna and all the other cast and crew during the production of the 3-part miniseries "To Serve and Protect", which was filmed in Dallas, Texas in October-November, 1998. Mr. Crenna was most gracious and I got to...(Read more)
- Robert E Rommel
 Added: Dec. 24, 2013

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