Michael Rennie
Actor
Michael Rennie
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.
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'The 6th Season, Volume 2' to Follow QUICKLY on the Heels of Volume 1 - TVShowsOnDVD.com
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Guest stars include the legendary Bette Davis, Michael Rennie, Ruta Lee, Werner Klemperer, Walter Pidgeon, Lee Van Cleef, Billy Halop, George Kennedy, and Jackie Coogan...plus many more! Here's an early look at the cover art for this newly-announced
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NASA Advice On Avoiding Visit By Klaatu And Gort - The Spoof (satire)
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(That'll be the 1951 one with Michael Rennie, not the crap one with Keanu Reeves from a couple of years ago - Ed.) In a joint statement issued with Pennsylvania State University, the space boffins suggest that extraterrestrials monitoring the changes
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Morning Call Sheet: Buh-Bye Netflix, Profit-Whore Lucas, and The Worst Movie ... - Big Hollywood
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I'm glad Michael Rennie made the list. I thought his performance was excellent. In this world, but not of this world. He gave off this weird vibe like he could go either way, it was up to the actions of who he was dealing with
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Debbie Reynolds Movie Schedule: SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, DIVORCE AMERICAN STYLE - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Barry Nelson, Michael Rennie. BW-126 mins, Letterbox Format. 6:00 PM IT STARTED WITH A KISS (1959) After a whirlwind courtship, an Army officer and his wacky wife try to make their marriage work. Dir: George Marshall
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Vancouver Whitecaps hope to ignite late-season surge with win aganst Portland ... - OregonLive.com
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The Whitecaps have announced that former Carolina Railhawks coach Michael Rennie will guide the team in 2012, placing the players in the awkward position of playing for the current coach while trying to impress the future coach
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Tahs bring down Black Cats to set up deciding clash with Lithgow - Mudgeee Guardian
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McKay, at five-eighth, was integral to the fortunes of the Waratahs' back line but he dropped the ball from the restart of play to give the opposition field position to set up the opening for Michael Rennie's converted try. The score line stayed at 6-6
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Top Ten 'Worst Remakes' Ever - Starpulse.com (blog)
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Matching the acting skills of original 1951 Klaatu Michael Rennie with 2008 counterpart Keanu “Chain Reaction” Reeves is like comparing Dom Perignon to Cold Duck. But add to that some seriously sad CGI, a gamey Gort (even the obvious man-in-suit
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What Does Hollywood Have Against Humans? - Grantland (blog)
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When aliens arrive — whether they look like Michael Rennie or Keanu “Klaatu” Reeves — it's generally to serve as a trigger for us to get our shit together and stop building bombs, start saving the whales, or keep eating our mashed potatoes
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10 alienÃgenas de cine que NO querrás tener como amigos - Revista Cinemania
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Este alienígena (con los rasgos de Michael Rennie) es un embajador galáctico de buena voluntad dedicado a sembrar la armonía por el Cosmos. Qué bonito, ¿verdad? Y te arrepentirás porque... En el mundo de la diplomacia interestelar, Klaatu viene a ser
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Poway's Free Summer Movies in the Park Series Begins Saturday - Patch.com
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“Audiences are responding to our eclectic mix of quality shows with record attendance, and we're tremendously eager to build upon that success in 2011-12,” said Michael Rennie, executive director for the POW! Foundation. “We've got hip-hop dancing,
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Movies on TV, Today & Tonight - Regina Leader-Post
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(43) >> The Lost World Michael Rennie. Professor leads a group to a South American plateau. (2 hrs.15 mins.) (100) > Pandorum Dennis Quaid. Astronauts awake on a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. (2 hrs.) (166) >>> All That Heaven Allows Jane Wyman
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Pair in court after £125000 of cocaine found in Edinburgh - stv.tv
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Stephanie Donald, 18, and Michael Rennie, 27, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday in connection with the haul. Two people have appeared in court in connection with the discovery of £125000 worth of cocaine. The drugs were found after a car
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25 Best Alien Invasion Movies - WhatCulture!
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It weaves in Christian symbolism with good old American values, a brilliant robot, an awe-inspiring musical score and a career-defining performance from Michael Rennie. Oh, and that catch-phrase: “Klaatu, barrata … ehm … neck-tie”!
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Nineteen Fifty-One Was a Pretty Good Year for Sci-Fi Movies: The Sequel - The American Culture
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(4) The Day the Earth Stood Still — US release: September 1951 — 20th Century-Fox Studios — Runtime: 92 minutes — Cast: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, Lock Martin (as Gort),
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SOCIAL SCENE: Golfers tee off for Poway arts foundation - North County Times
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Michael Rennie, executive director of the foundation, spoke before the live auction began. "Your participation brings quality performers to the stage of the Poway Center; touring musicians, theater troupes, dance troupes, family programming," he said
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Movie Nite at Kuser Farm Mansion - Mercer Space
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This month join us for the 1951 version of The Day The Earth Stood Still, a Twentieth Century Fox Film starring Michael Rennie & Patricia Neal. Sci-Fi at its finest! Gort! Klaatu barada nikto! Bring a chair cushion or your lawn chair
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Bana 'öteki'nin tanımını yap baba - HABERTURK
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Bu konuda “Uçan Dairenin Esrarı”ndaki (“The Day The Earth Stood Still”, 1951) Michael Rennie'nin Klaatu tiplemesi klasikleşmiştir aslında. Ancak bu eğilimin, 1977'de üretilen “Tehlikeli İlişkiler” (“Close Encounters of the Third Kind”) sonrasında
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Edna D. Martin - phillyBurbs.com
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Gooma will be missed by her 14 grandchildren , Tommy, Jenna, Tarra, Michael, Rennie, Larra, Robbie, Brandon, Brent, Scott, Jaimee, Bo, Kelsey and Matt. In addition, Edna was the loving sister to Betty Huf of Warminster, Richie Walsh and his fiancée,
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Rennie
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1971
    Age 61
    Died on June 10, 1971.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1963
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Debbie Reynolds was given the title role created by Barbara Bel Geddes, and Warner's contract player Diane McBain, whom the studio saw as a potential star of the future, took over "the socialite part" essayed by Betsy von Furstenberg. Mervyn LeRoy produced and directed the film, which opened at Radio City Music Hall on 25 October 1963. Rennie completed what amounted to guest roles in two films, The Power and The Devil's Brigade (both 1968), before moving to Switzerland in the latter part of that year. His final seven feature films were filmed in Britain, Italy, Spain and, in the case of Surabaya Conspiracy, the Philippines. Rennie was married twice: first to Joan England (1938–1945), then to actress Margaret (Maggie) McGrath (1947–1960); their son, David Rennie, is an English circuit judge in Lewes, Sussex, England. Both marriages ended in divorce.
  • 1961
    Age 51
    Rennie stayed with the production less than five months, to be replaced by Michael Wilding in July 1961.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1956
    Age 46
    Now a freelancer, Rennie appeared in six additional features between 1956 and 1960, three of which were produced or released by Fox.
    More Details Hide Details Rennie appeared as adventurer Lord John Roxton in director Irwin Allen's adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World (1960), a tale of a jungle expedition that finds prehistoric monsters in South America; the film also starred Claude Rains, Jill St. John and Richard Haydn. No longer bound by the no-television clause in his studio contract, he began his association with the medium. Rennie became a familiar face on television, taking the role of Harry Lime in The Third Man (1959–65), an Anglo-American syndicated television series very loosely derived from the film. During the 1960s, he made guest appearances on such series as The Barbara Stanwyck Show, The Americans, Route 66 (a portrayal of a doomed pilot in the two-part episode "Fly Away Home"); Alfred Hitchcock Presents; Perry Mason (one of four actors in four consecutive episodes substituting for series star Raymond Burr, who was recovering from surgery); Wagon Train (a 90-minute colour episode as an English big game hunter); The Great Adventure (in an installment of this anthology series about remarkable events in American history, he portrayed Confederate president Jefferson Davis); Daniel Boone, (in the episodes "The Sound of Wings" and "First in War, First in Peace"); Lost in Space (another two-part episode - as an all-powerful alien zookeeper, "The Keeper", he worked one last time with his Third Man costar Jonathan Harris); The Time Tunnel (as Captain Smith of the Titanic, in the series' premiere episode); Batman (as the villainous Sandman, in league with Julie Newmar's Catwoman); three episodes of The Invaders (as a malign variation of the Klaatu persona, culminating in a parallel plot also involving an assembly of world leaders); an episode of I Spy ("Lana"); and two episodes of The F.B.I.; and was a THRUSH agent in an episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1967 TV series) ("The Thrush Roulette Affair"/Barnaby Partridge).
  • 1954
    Age 44
    The story was later dramatised in 1954 on Lux Radio Theatre, with Rennie and Billy Gray recreating their original film roles.
    More Details Hide Details Seven years later, on 3 March 1962, when The Day the Earth Stood Still made its television premiere on NBC's NBC Saturday Night at the Movies, Rennie appeared in a two-minute introductory prolog before the start of the film. Buoyed by the strong critical reception and profitability of the film, Fox assigned much of the credit to the central performance of Rennie. Convinced that it had a potential leading man under contract, the studio decided to produce a new version of Les Misérables (1952) as a vehicle for him. The film was directed by Lewis Milestone, known for his early sound version of All Quiet on the Western Front. Rennie's performance was respectfully, but not enthusiastically, received by the critics. Ultimately, Les Misérables turned in an extremely modest profit and put an end to any further attempts to promote the 43-year-old Rennie as a potential star. He was, however, launched on a thriving career as a top supporting actor, as in Sailor of the King (also known as Single-Handed, 1953). Based on the positive reaction to his two turns as the Apostle Peter, Fox assigned him another third-billed, top-tier role as a stalwart man of God, Franciscan friar Junipero Serra, who, between 1749 and his death in 1784, founded missions in Alta California. The film was Seven Cities of Gold (1955), with Richard Egan and Anthony Quinn.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1949
    Age 39
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The first film under his new contract was the British-filmed Medieval period adventure The Black Rose (1950), starring Tyrone Power, who became one of Rennie's closest friends. Fifth-billed after the remaining first-tier stars Orson Welles, Cécile Aubry and Jack Hawkins, Rennie was specifically cast as 13th century King Edward I, whose 6' 2" (1.88 m) frame gave origin to his historical nickname "Longshanks". Rennie's second Fox film gave him fourth billing in the top tier. The 13th Letter (1951), directed by his future nemesis and love rival Otto Preminger, was a remake of the French film Le Corbeau (The Raven, 1943), with the setting changed to the Canadian province of Quebec. After Claude Rains turned down the role, Rennie received top billing in his next film, The Day the Earth Stood Still (also 1951), the first post-war, large-budget, "A" science-fiction film. It was a serious, high-minded exploration of mid-20th century suspicion and paranoia, combined with a philosophical overview of humanity's coming place in the larger universe.
  • 1946
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the 47-minute episode "Sanatorium", the longest of the Somerset Maugham tales constituting the omnibus film Trio (1950), the 40-year-old Rennie and the 20-year-old Jean Simmons play patients and doomed lovers in the title institution, which caters to victims of tuberculosis. Simmons would, in fact, turn out to be Rennie's most frequent co-star. Although they shared no scenes in their minor roles in Caesar and Cleopatra, it was the first of their films together. They also appeared in two 20th Century-Fox epics. In The Robe (1953) and its sequel, Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954), Rennie played the Apostle Peter, while Simmons portrayed a Christian martyr. In the sequel, they were only briefly seen in a flashback. Their final shared film was Désirée (also 1954). He was again billed fourth, after Marlon Brando (as Napoleon), Simmons (as the title character, Désirée Clary), and Merle Oberon (as Joséphine). Rennie's character, French Marshal Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, marries Désirée after Napoleon abandons her for Joséphine.
  • 1945
    Age 35
    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).
    More Details Hide Details The latter turned out to be the year's biggest box-office hit, subsequently being listed ninth on a list of top ten highest-grossing British films. His performance in I'll Be Your Sweetheart was praised by Variety who said his performance made the film "noteworthy" and that he was "likely Hollywood material... the best bet in the way of a new male star to have come out of a British studio in many years. Rennie not only has a lot on the ball as a straight lead, he knows the value of visual tricks. Femmes will go for him in a big way." He also had a single prominent scene as a commander of Roman centurions in Gabriel Pascal's financially disastrous production of George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra (also 1945), starring Vivien Leigh and Claude Rains.
  • 1944
    Age 34
    He resigned his commission on 1 May 1944 (not discharged on disability, as the studio publicity stated).
    More Details Hide Details Rennie had carried out his basic training near Torquay in Devon, after which he was sent to the United States for fighter pilot training under the Arnold Plan. In this programme, pilots for the RAF were trained by United States Army Air Forces instructors. One of his fellow students was RAF Sgt Jack Morton, who told an anecdote about when he and Rennie were in the same class: "At the end of our primary course we were posted to a Basic Flying School at Cochran Field, Macon, Georgia. The class which completed the course at Cochran Field was now split up, half were posted to Napier Field, Dothan, Alabama, to train on single engine planes, and the remainder were posted to twin-engine schools. Like Cochran, Napier Field was a large permanent Air Corps Base and most of us were quite content to stay on the camp when we had time off. One of the cadets on our course had told us that he was a film actor, but no one took him seriously. We had to admit that he was right however when a film came to the camp cinema called 'Ships with Wings' starring Michael Rennie."
  • 1943
    Age 33
    On 5 February 1943, he was promoted to flying officer on probation.
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  • 1942
    Age 32
    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.
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  • 1941
    Age 31
    Rennie enlisted in the RAF Volunteer Reserve on 27 May 1941.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1939
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Six films later, Rennie had his first film lead. The suspense drama Tower of Terror (1941) has Wilfrid Lawson in the lead role as a crazed Dutch lighthouse keeper in the German-occupied Netherlands, while the second-billed Rennie and third-billed Movita had the romantic leads.
  • 1936
    Age 26
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1909
    Born
    Born on August 25, 1909.
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