Michael Rennie

Actor, Extra, Salesman
Best known for his role as Klaatu in the sci-fi classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still," actor Michael Rennie's path to Hollywood stardom was a slow, unique one. Beginning as a car salesman and factory manager, Rennie ... Read more »
Born: 08/25/1909 in Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (34)

The Search 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Brigade 1968 (Movie)

Lt Gen Michael Clark (Actor)

Hotel 1967 (Movie)

Duke of Lanbourne (Actor)

Rapture at Two-Forty 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Ride Beyond Vengeance 1965 (Movie)

Brooks Durham (Actor)

Mary, Mary 1962 (Movie)

Dirk Winston (Actor)

The Barbara Stanwyck Theater 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost World 1960 (Movie)

Lord Roxton (Actor)

Third Man on the Mountain 1959 (Movie)

Captain John Winter (Actor)

Island in the Sun 1957 (Movie)

Hilary Carson (Actor)

Omar Khayyam 1957 (Movie)

Hassan (Actor)

Teenage Rebel 1956 (Movie)

Jay Fallon (Actor)

Mambo 1955 (Movie)

Count Enrico (Actor)

Seven Cities of Gold 1955 (Movie)

Father Junipero Serra (Actor)

Soldier of Fortune 1955 (Movie)

Inspector Merryweather (Actor)

The Rains of Ranchipur 1955 (Movie)

Lord Esketh (Actor)

Demetrius and the Gladiators 1954 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Desiree 1954 (Movie)

Bernadotte (Actor)

Princess of the Nile 1954 (Movie)

Rama Kahn (Actor)

King of the Khyber Rifles 1953 (Movie)

Brigadier General Maitland (Actor)

Five Fingers 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Phone Call From a Stranger 1951 (Movie)

Dr Fortness (Actor)

The Day the Earth Stood Still 1951 (Movie)

Klaatu (Actor)

The 13th Letter 1950 (Movie)

(Actor)

Trio 1950 (Movie)

Major Templeton (Actor)

The Wicked Lady 1945 (Movie)

Kit Locksby (Actor)

Batman (TV Show)

Actor

Caesar and Cleopatra (Movie)

Quayside Centurion (Actor)

Pony Soldier (Movie)

Narrator (Voice)

Pony Soldier (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

The Black Rose (Movie)

Edward I Longshanks (Actor)

The Desert Fox (Movie)

Desmond Young (Voice)

The Power (Movie)

Arthur Nordlund (Actor)

The Robe (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Biography

Best known for his role as Klaatu in the sci-fi classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still," actor Michael Rennie's path to Hollywood stardom was a slow, unique one. Beginning as a car salesman and factory manager, Rennie first worked as a stand-in before putting his career on hold to gain acting experience, studying at repertory theaters throughout Britain. Rennie appeared in numerous minor and uncredited roles throughout the early '40s before proving his acting talent working with one of England's favorite actresses, Margaret Lockwood, on two films: the musical "I'll Be Your Sweetheart" and the period drama "The Wicked Lady." Both films were successful in Britain and led Rennie to Hollywood a few years later. Rennie appeared in numerous films, but none of them nearly achieved the impact of his 1951 film, "The Day the Earth Stood Still," which is considered to be a science-fiction classic. Following his role as the peaceful alien ambassador Klaatu, Rennie appeared in an adaptation of the musical "Les Miserables," although it was not as well-received by critics. With offers for starring roles beginning to dwindle, Rennie seamlessly began to work as a supporting actor throughout the 1950s, appearing in the war film "Sailor of the King" and the drama "The Robe." In the late stages of his career Rennie did extensive work on television, most notably appearing on the popular mystery series "The Third Man." Rennie died from emphysema at age 61.

Relationships

Mother
survived him

Son
survived him

EDUCATION

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, England

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