Richard Crenna Net Worth

Richard Crenna Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Richard Donald Crenna net worth is
$10 Million

Richard Donald Crenna Wiki Biography

Richard Donald Crenna was born on 30 November 1926, in Los Angeles, California USA, to Edith J., a hotel manager, and Domenick Anthony Crenna, a pharmacist of Italian descent. He was a film, television and radio actor and director, best known for his roles in the series “Our Miss Brooks” and “The Real McCoys”, and in the films “The Sand Pebbles”, “Un Flic”, “Wait Until Dark”, “Body Heat”, the first three “Rambo” movies, plus “The Flamingo Kid” and the remake of “Sabrina”.

So just how wealthy was Richard Crenna? Sources state that Crenna acquired a net worth over $10 million during his acting career which spanned over six decades from the late 1930s.


Richard Crenna Net Worth $10 Million

Crenna grew up in Los Angeles, where he attended Virgil Junior High School and Belmont High School. He later enrolled in the University of Southern California, majoring in English. His career in the entertainment industry started when he was 11 years old, becoming part of the LA radio show “Boy Scout Jamboree”, remaining on the show on and off for 17 years. Meanwhile, he did numerous other radio shows, such as “The Great Gildersleeve”, “My Favorite Husband” and “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show”. Upon matriculating, he joined the US Army during World War II, where he served as a radioman.

After the war, Crenna went on with his radio career, playing Walter Denton in “Our Miss Brooks”, which eventually became a hit television show, enabling him to gain recognition in the acting world. He went on to appear in a many more films, including reprise of his role of Denton in the “Our Miss Brooks” movie. By the end of the ’50s, he had landed several television gigs, as well as the leading role as Luke McCoy in the television series “The Real McCoys”, remaining in the show during its six-season run until 1963. It considerably increased his popularity, and greatly added to his net worth. He also served as one of the show’s directors.

Another major television role came in 1964, when Crenna was cast as state legislator James Slattery of California in the short-lived series “Slattery’s People”, and his performance earned him two Emmy and a Golden Globe Award nomination, significantly contributing to his popularity and wealth statuses. From then on, Crenna was rarely absent from both the big and small screen. As for films, notable parts came with the 1966 “The Sand Pebbles”, in which he played the ill-fated captain of an American gunboat, Lieutenant Collins, and with the 1967 psychological thriller “Wait Until Dark”, in which he portrayed con artist Mike Talman. Crenna’s performances in both films earned him raves, intensifying his wealth in a great way.

The next decade brought him more starring roles, among them that of nightclub owner Simon in the French film “Un Flic”, and the role of Colonel Frank Skimmerhorn in the acclaimed mini-series “Centennial”. All added to his net worth.

The actor was involved in a number of major films during the ’80s; he appeared as Edmund Walker in the neo-noir erotic thriller “Body Heat”, and played Colonel Sam Trautman in the first three “Rambo” films. He also appeared as Phil Brody in the comedy “The Flamingo Kid”, and portrayed Richard Beck in the TV film “The Rape of Richard Beck”, which earned him an Emmy Award.

He continued to land big parts in the ’90s as well, spoofing his role from the Rambo films in the parody “Hot Shots! Part Deux”, and playing Patrick Tyson in the remake of “Sabrina”.

In his private life, Crenna was married two times. His first marriage was to Joan Grisham in the ’50s. The couple had one child together. However, the marriage lasted shortly. In 1959 he married Hannah Smith Sweeny, with whom he had two children, and with whom he remained until his death in Los Angeles from heart failure in 2003, aged 76.

Full NameRichard Crenna
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthNovember 30, 1926, Los Angeles, California, United States
DiedJanuary 17, 2003, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height1.85 m
ProfessionActor, Voice actor, television director
EducationVirgil Junior High School, Belmont High School, University of Southern California
SpousePenni Sweeney (m. 1959–2003, his death), Joan Grisham (m. '50s)
ChildrenRichard Anthony Crenna, Maria Crenna, Seana Crenna
ParentsEdith J., Domenick Anthony Crenna
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie (1985), Golden Laurel Awards - Male Supporting Performance (1967, 3rd place)
NominationsStar on the Walk of Fame (1988), Golden Globe Awards - Best Performance by an Actor/Best TV Star - Male (1986, 1985, 1965), Golden Laurel Award (1965), Razzie Awards (1989)
Movies"The Sand Pebbles" (1966), "Un Flic" (1972), "Wait Until Dark" (1967), "Body Heat" (1981), "The Flamingo Kid" (1984), "Sabrina" (1995)
TV Shows"Our Miss Brooks" (1956), "Slattery's People" (1964-1965), "The Real McCoys" (1957-1963), "Boy Scout Jamboree", "The Great Gildersleeve", "My Favorite Husband", "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show", "Andy Griffith Show"
1[on working with Matt Dillon on "The Flamingo Kid"] I wasn't sure if I was going to encounter a teen idol or a professional, but I'm happy to report that Matt is a professional. He's very dedicated, very conscientious. He is very concerned about being a good actor and I think he's going to be around for a long time.
2[on Charles Bronson] I don't think reviews get to Charlie much, though, unless they're especially personal. In the twenty-five years or so I've known him, he's not changed much. He's his own man. Stays pretty much to himself. If he cares what other people think of him, he doesn't show it.
1The June 11, 1969, and also Aug. 20, editions of Variety, in its Hollywood Production Pulse column, shows Richard Crenna starring with Robert Conrad and Tippi Hedren in the movie Seven Against Kansas, directed by David Friedkin, which started filming June 10, 1969, in Almeria, Spain. No evidence if the film was ever completed.
2His parents were both of Italian descent.
3Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6714 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
4Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 111-112. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
5Crenna had a recurring role on Judging Amy (1999) as Jared Duff, the fiancé of Maxine Gray, Tyne Daly's character. His unexpected death prompted the writers of the series to have his character die unexpectedly as well, just before Jared and Maxine were to be married. The 2003 episode, entitled "Requiem", was dedicated to Crenna's memory.
6Attended Virgil Junior High School on Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles. Today it's known as Virgil Middle School.
7Member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the University of Southern California.
8He spoofed his role from the Rambo films in Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993).
9Attended Belmont High School in Los Angeles.
10His mother is named Edith.
11Crenna's character, Colonel Denton Walters, in Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993), is a tip of the hat to his old character Walter Denton in the radio and television series Our Miss Brooks (1952).
12Liked playing golf.
13Richard has three children - Seana, a social worker (b. 1955); Richard Anthony Crenna, an actor (b. 1959); and Maria, a CBS Vice-president (b. 1966). He also has two grandchildren - Emma (b. 1994) and Isabella (b. 1997).
14Was successfully treated for thyroid cancer, which almost claimed his voice.


Wait Until Dark1967Mike Talman
The Sand Pebbles1966Captain Collins
Made in Paris1966Herb Stone
Slattery's People1964-1965TV SeriesJames Slattery
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!1965John Goldfarb
Kraft Suspense Theatre1963TV SeriesEdward Smalley
The Real McCoys1957-1963TV SeriesLuke McCoy
The Deputy1960TV SeriesAndy Willis
Matinee Theatre1956-1958TV SeriesJames
Cheyenne1957TV SeriesCurley Galway
The Silent Service1957TV SeriesDavis
Father Knows Best1956TV SeriesElwood Seastrom
Our Miss Brooks1956Walter Denton
Medic1956TV SeriesDonny
Over-Exposed1956Russell Bassett
Frontier1956TV SeriesJohn Leslie
The Millionaire1955TV SeriesRalph McKnight
Our Miss Brooks1952-1955TV SeriesWalter Denton
It Grows on Trees1952Ralph Bowen
The Pride of St. Louis1952Paul Dean
I Love Lucy1952TV SeriesArthur Morton
Red Skies of Montana1952Noxon (uncredited)
Let's Dance1950Bit Part (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Out of the Ashes2003TV MovieJake Smith
Judging Amy2000-2002TV SeriesJared Duff
The Day Reagan Was Shot2001TV MovieRonald Reagan
By Dawn's Early Light2000TV MovieBen Maxwell
Murder, She Wrote: A Story to Die For2000TV MovieWarren Pierce
Chicago Hope1999TV SeriesDr. Martin Rockwell
The Man Who Makes Things Happen: David L. Wolper1999TV MovieNarrator
To Serve and Protect1999TV Mini-SeriesHoward Carr
Wrongfully Accused1998Lieutenant Fergus Falls
JAG1995-1998TV SeriesLt. Harmon Rabb, Sr.
Cold Case1997TV MovieHost
Heart Full of Rain1997TV MovieArliss Dockett
Deep Family Secrets1997TV MovieClay Chadway
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea1997TV MovieProfessor Aronnax
Texas Graces1996TV MovieVirgil Grace
Race Against Time: The Search for Sarah1996TV MovieJohn Porter
Sabrina1995Patrick Tyson
In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy1995TV MovieLucas Constable, Sr.
Jade1995Governor Edwards
A Pyromaniac's Love Story1995Tom Lumpke (uncredited)
Janek: The Silent Betrayal1994TV MovieLt. Frank Janek
Jonathan Stone: Threat of Innocence1994TV MovieJonathan Stone
The Forget-Me-Not Murders1994TV MovieFrank Janek
Hot Shots! Part Deux1993Col. Denton Walters
A Place to Be Loved1993TV MovieGeorge Russ
Terror on Track 91992TV MovieDet. Frank Janek
Intruders1992TV SeriesDr. Neil Chase
Pros and Cons1991-1992TV SeriesMitch O'Hannon
And the Sea Will Tell1991TV MovieVincent Bugliosi
Murder Times Seven1990TV MovieFrank Janek
Last Flight Out1990TV MovieDan Hood
Montana1990TV MovieHoyce Guthrie
Murder in Black and White1990TV MovieFrank Janek
Stuck with Each Other1989TV MovieBert Medwick
The Case of the Hillside Stranglers1989TV MovieSgt. Bob Grogan
Leviathan1989Dr. Glen 'Doc' Thompson
Internal Affairs1988TV MovieFrank Janek
Rambo III1988Col. Samuel Trautman
Plaza Suite1987TV MovieRoy Hubley
Kids Like These1987TV MovieBob Goodman
Police Story: The Freeway Killings1987TV MovieDeputy Chief Bob Devers
The High Price of Passion1986TV MovieWilliams Douglas
On Wings of Eagles1986TV Mini-SeriesH. Ross Perot
A Case of Deadly Force1986TV MovieLawrence O'Donnell Sr.
Doubletake1985TV MovieFrank Janek
Summer Rental1985Al Pellet
The Rape of Richard Beck1985TV MovieRichard Beck
Rambo: First Blood Part II1985Col. Samuel Trautman
The Flamingo Kid1984Phil Brody
Passions1984TV MovieRichard Kennerly
London and Davis in New York1984TV MovieJohn Greyson
Squaring the Circle1984TV MovieThe Narrator
It Takes Two1982-1983TV SeriesDr. Sam Quinn
Table for Five1983Mitchell
First Blood1982Trautman
The Day the Bubble Burst1982TV MovieJesse Livermore
Look at Us1981TV Series
Daniel Boone1981TV Movie voice
The Ordeal of Bill Carney1981TV MovieMason Rose
Body Heat1981Edmund Walker
Joshua's World1980Dr. Joshua Torrance
Fugitive Family1980TV MovieBrian Roberts / Matthews
Death Ship1980Trevor Marshall
Wild Horse Hank1979Pace Bradford
Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure1979TV MovieWilliam Brewster
Stone Cold Dead1979Sgt. Boyd
Centennial1978-1979TV Mini-SeriesColonel Frank Skimmerhorn
A Fire in the Sky1978TV MovieJason Voight
First, You Cry1978TV MovieDavid Towers
Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell1978TV MovieMike Barry
The Evil1978C.J. Arnold
The War Between the Tates1977TV MovieProfessor Brian Tate
All's Fair1976-1977TV SeriesRichard C. Barrington
Breakheart Pass1975Gov. Richard Fairchild
A Girl Named Sooner1975TV MovieR.J. 'Mac' McHenry
Honky Tonk1974TV Movie'Candy' Johnson
Double Solitaire1974TV Movie
Shootout in a One-Dog Town1974TV MovieZack Wells
Nightmare1974TV MovieHoward Faloon
Jonathan Livingston Seagull1973Father (voice)
Double Indemnity1973TV MovieWalter Neff
The Man Called Noon1973Noon
Un Flic1972Simon
Footsteps1972TV MoviePaddy O'Connor
Laugh-In1971TV SeriesGuest Preformer
Thief1971TV MovieNeal Wilkinson
Red Sky at Morning1971Frank Arnold
The Devil's Backbone1971Maj. Wade Brown
Doctors' Wives1971Dr. Peter Brennan
Marooned1969Jim Pruett
Midas Run1969Mike Warden
Star!1968Richard Aldrich


Allison Sydney Harrison1983TV Movie
Marie1979TV Movie
Better Late Than Never1979TV Movie
Turnabout1979TV Series 1 episode
Grandpa Goes to Washington1978TV Series 1 episode
The Rockford Files1978TV Series 1 episode
James at 161977TV Series 1 episode
Lou Grant1977TV Series 1 episode
The Cheerleaders1976TV Movie
And Baby Makes Three1966TV Movie
Vacation Playhouse1965TV Series 1 episode
No Time for Sergeants1964TV Series 1 episode
Wendy and Me1964TV Series 1 episode
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV Series 1 episode
The Andy Griffith Show1963-1964TV Series 8 episodes
The Real McCoys1961-1963TV Series 14 episodes


The Real McCoys1957-1962TV Series performer - 4 episodes
Our Miss Brooks1952-1954TV Series performer - 6 episodes


Captain Newman, M.D.1972TV Movie producer
Make Room for Granddaddy1970-1971TV Series producer - 3 episodes
Mrs. Thursday1967TV Movie producer
And Baby Makes Three1966TV Movie producer


Son of Rambow2007thanks
Drawing First Blood2002Video documentary short special thanks
We Get to Win This Time2002Video short documentary special thanks


The Desilu Story2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 75th Annual Academy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
Afghanistan: Land in Crisis2002Video documentary shortHimself
Guts and Glory2002Video shortHimself
Drawing First Blood2002Video documentary shortHimself
We Get to Win This Time2002Video short documentaryHimself
Darkness at High Noon: The Carl Foreman Documents2002DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 10th Annual Ella Award Presented a Salute to Julie Andrews2001TV MovieHimself
American Veteran Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
The Real McCoys Reunion2000TV MovieHimself
60 Minutes1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor (segment "David L. Wolper")
Nature1999TV Series documentaryHimself / Narrator
Celebrity Profile1999TV Series documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Robert Wise1998TV Special documentaryHimself
Legendary Lighthouses1998TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator (voice)
E! True Hollywood Story1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Atlantis: In Search of a Lost Continent1997TV Movie documentaryHimself / Narrator
The Real Las Vegas1996TV Series documentaryNarrator (voice)
Nova1996TV Series documentaryNarrator
Golf: The Greatest Game1994TV Movie documentary
Silver Star!1994Video documentary shortHimself
World of Discovery1990-1994TV Series documentaryHimself (narrator) / Narrator
Hearts of Hot Shots Part Deux: A Filmmaker's Apology1993TV Short documentaryHimself
The Wild West1993TV Mini-Series documentary
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1966-1991TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHimself
LifePulse1991TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
Circus of the Stars #151990TV Special documentaryHimself - Ringmaster
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Cecil B. DeMille Award
American Masters1989TV Series documentaryHimself / Narrator
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Woodstork: Barometer of the Everglades1987TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Co- Presenter: Favourite Television Dramatic Program
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Gene Kelly1985TV MovieHimself
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The American Sportsman1982TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'First Blood'1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
Musical Comedy Tonight II1981TV MovieHimself
The John Davidson Show1980TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1970-1979TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Fantasy Film Festival1979TV SeriesHimself
CBS: On the Air1978TV Mini-Series documentaryCo-host - part VI
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHimself
Saturday Night Live1976TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
The 1st Annual People's Choice Awards1975TV SpecialHimself - Host
The Carol Burnett Show1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest
NBC Follies1973TV SeriesHimself
Password All-Stars1973TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The Lily Tomlin Show1973TV Special
The David Frost Show1969-1972TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
This Is Your Life1972TV SeriesHimself
Laugh-In1972TV SeriesHimself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The Match Game1968TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
The Linkletter Show1968TV SeriesHimself
From Paris: Your Reporter Richard Crenna1966Documentary shortHimself - Host
Made in Paris1965ShortHimself
The Danny Kaye Show1965TV SeriesHimself
The 22th Annual Golden Globes Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV Series and Presenter
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
Disneyland '591959TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Richard McKenna)

Archive Footage

Rambo2008Col. Samuel Trautman (uncredited)
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHimself - Screen Test

Won Awards

1988Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 23 May 1988. At 6714 Hollywood Blvd.
1985Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a SpecialThe Rape of Richard Beck (1985)

Nominated Awards

1989Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorRambo III (1988)
1986Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Rape of Richard Beck (1985)
1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureThe Flamingo Kid (1984)
1966Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic SeriesSlattery's People (1964)
1965Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Star - MaleSlattery's People (1964)
1965Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Actors and PerformersSlattery's People (1964)
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsNew Faces, Male12th place.
1959Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Supporting Actor (Continuing Character) in a Comedy SeriesThe Real McCoys (1957)

3rd Place Awards

1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Supporting PerformanceThe Sand Pebbles (1966)

Known for movies

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