Michael Rennie

Born Aug 25, 1909

Michael Rennie was an English-born film, television, and stage actor, perhaps best known for his starring role as the space visitor Klaatu in the classic science fiction motion picture The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). However, he also acted in more than 50 other films beginning in 1936. During the Second World War, Rennie served in the British Royal Air Force.… Read More

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1909 Birth Born on August 25, 1909.


However, he also acted in more than 50 other films beginning in 1936. … Read More
1939 29 Years Old Shortly after the outbreak of war on September 3, 1939, Rennie began to receive offers for larger film roles, starting with his first (small) billed performance in the wartime morale booster The Big Blockade, seen in March 1940. Michael Redgrave, by then a fully-fledged star, had one of the leading roles in the film. Six films later, however, Michael Rennie also had his first film lead. The suspense drama Tower of Terror, released in late December 1941 was styled in the manner of a horror film, and it starred Wilfrid Lawson as a crazed Dutch lighthouse keeper in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, while the second-billed Rennie and third-billed Movita had the romantic leads.


1941 31 Years Old Michael Rennie enlisted in the RAF Volunteer Reserve on May 27, 1941 (Serial No 1391153).
1942 32 Years Old He was officially discharged on August 4, 1942, and then on the following day, he was commissioned "for the emergency" as pilot officer number 127347 on probation in the General Duties Branch of the RAFVR.
1943 33 Years Old On February 5, 1943, he was promoted to flying officer on probation.
1944 34 Years Old He resigned his commission on May 1, 1944, (not discharged on disability, as the studio publicity stated). … Read More
1945 35 Years Old With the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, Rennie began to be seen as a potential star as a result of playing second leads in two vehicles for Britain's most popular leading actress of the era, Margaret Lockwood: the musical I'll Be Your Sweetheart and, most prominently, the sensual costume adventure The Wicked Lady. … Read More
1946 36 Years Old Second leads and then leads in seven other British films produced between 1946 and 1949 followed, including what may be considered Michael Rennie's only role as one of two central characters in a fully-fledged love story. … Read More
1949 39 Years Old Michael Rennie, along with Jean Simmons and The Wicked Lady leading man James Mason, was one of a number of British actors offered Hollywood contracts in 1949–50 by 20th Century-Fox's studio head, Darryl F. Zanuck. … Read More


1952 42 Years Old …  The film, released on 14 August 1952, was directed by All Quiet on the Western Front's Lewis Milestone, and Rennie's performance was respectfully, but not enthusiastically, received by the critics. … Read More
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…  The remaining two titles were both 20th Century-Fox epics made in 1953–54 that had them primarily involved with other characters. … Read More
1955 45 Years Old The Rains of Ranchipur, released on 14 December 1955, assigned him fifth billing after the lead romantic teaming of Lana Turner and Richard Burton and the second-tier romance featuring depressed alcoholic Fred MacMurray unwillingly pursued by Joan Caulfield. … Read More
1956 46 Years Old Now a freelancer, Rennie appeared in six additional features between 1956 and 1960, three of which were produced or released by Fox. … Read More
1959 49 Years Old In 1959, Rennie became a familiar face on television, taking the role of Harry Lime in The Third Man, an Anglo-American syndicated television series very loosely based on the character previously played by Orson Welles. … Read More


1961 51 Years Old …  Rennie stayed with the production less than five months, to be replaced by Michael Wilding in July 1961.
1963 53 Years Old When Warner Brothers Pictures cast the film version in early 1963, Rennie, along with leading man Barry Nelson and supporting actor Hiram Sherman (who joined the play two years after the opening in the part first played by John Cromwell) were the only Broadway cast members to transfer to the big screen. … Read More


1971 62 Years Old Died on June 10, 1971.
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