January 2, 2017


Michael Rennie (1909-1971) b. Harrogate, Yorkshire, England.

Michael Rennie

Michael Rennie made his film debut with a modest bit part in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Secret Agent (1936). After serving in the Royal Air Force during WWII, Rennie’s career truly began to take off with roles in The Wicked Lady (1945) and I’ll Be Your Sweetheart (1945). He was then off to Hollywood, contracted to Twentieth Century Fox commencing with a role in The Black Rose (1950). He followed this with a starring role in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), and significant parts in Otto Preminger’s The 13th Letter (1951), Phone Call from a Stranger (1952), Les Miserables (1952), J. L. Mankiewicz’s 5 Fingers (1952) and The Robe (1953). His career began to decline after Henry Koster’s Desirée (1954), film opportunities were less appealing and gradually he slipped away from cinema screens. On television, he spent two years portraying Harry Lime in the syndicated series of The Third Man (1959).

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