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Richard Denning Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Mar 27, 1914
  • Died: Oct 11, 1998
  • Birth Name: Ludwig (Louis) A. Denninger

The son of a Poughkeepsie garment manufacturer, Richard Denning majored in foreign trade and accounting at Woodbury College with the intent of taking over his father's business. Coming to Hollywood after winning a minor-league radio talent contest, Denning was signed to a Paramount stock-player contract in 1937. He made his debut in [[Feature~V95418~Hold Em Navy~holdemnavy]]. Handsome and virile, Denning wasn't given much of an opportunity to display anything beyond his physical attributes in his first film appearances. He continued as a competent if colorless leading man into the postwar years where one of his best known roles was the human lead in [[Feature~V11478~The Creature from the Black Lagoon~creaturefromtheblacklagoon]] (1954). Denning was seen to better advantage on television as the star of the popular comedy/mystery series [[Feature~V103016~Mr. and Mrs. North~mrandmrsnorth]] (1952-54); he later played the title roles in the weekly [[Feature~V91808~The Flying Doctor~theflyingdoctor]] (1959) and [[Feature~V102221~Michael Shayne, Private Detective~michaelshayneprivatedetective]] (1960). He also co-starred on radio with [[Performer~P3574~Lucille Ball~lucilleball]] in My Favorite Husband, the late-1940s precursor to [[Feature~V159382~I Love Lucy~jegelskerblat]] While living in semi-retirement in Hawaii with his wife, actress [[Performer~P1834~Evelyn Ankers~evelynankers]], Denning made sporadic appearances as the governor of that state on the long-running TV police drama [[Feature~V21708~Hawaii 5-0~hawaii]]. Richard Denning has spent the last three decades serving as a lay minister in the Lutheran church. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi