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.


1936 26 Years Old He also played other bit parts and minor unbilled roles in ten additional films produced between 1936 and 1940; by the time the last of these was released, Pimpernel Smith (1941), Rennie was serving in the Royal Air Force.
1939 29 Years Old Shortly after the outbreak of war in Europe on 3 September 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. … Read More


1941 31 Years Old Rennie enlisted in the RAF Volunteer Reserve on 27 May 1941.
1942 32 Years Old He was officially discharged on 4 August 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 5 February 1943, he was promoted to flying officer on probation.
1944 34 Years Old He resigned his commission on 1 May 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 (both 1945). … 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 Rennie, along with Simmons and The Wicked Lady leading man James Mason, was one of a number of British actors offered Hollywood contracts during 1949–50 by 20th Century Fox's studio head, Darryl F. Zanuck. … Read More


1954 44 Years Old The story was later dramatised in 1954 on Lux Radio Theatre, with Rennie and Billy Gray recreating their original film roles. … 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


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 Bros. 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 carry over. … Read More


1971 62 Years Old Died on June 10, 1971.
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