Photo of Richard Crenna Richard Crenna

Born in Los Angeles on Nov. 30, 1926, Richard Crenna launched his acting career on the radio as the voice of a love-obsessed teenager on "Our Miss Brooks" (a role he reprised when the serial moved to television) before landing a spot on "The Real McCoys" (1957-63) and transitioning into more serious adult fare.

He turned in a diverse array of roles on the big screen in Wait Until Dark (1967), Marooned (1969) and Un Flic (1971) before earning an Emmy for his portrayal of a tough cop who becomes a rape victim in The Rape of Richard Beck (1985).

But the 1980s would deliver some of the most memorable character roles of Crenna's career: a wealthy man with a wayward wife in Body Heat (1981), a dishonest gambler in The Flamingo Kid (1984) and Rambo's superior in First Blood (1982). He died on Jan. 17, 2003, at the age of 76.

Richard Crenna in Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark

1967 NR

Audrey Hepburn was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Susy Hendrix, a blind woman terrorized by a criminal (Alan Arkin) who's after a stash of heroin that was planted in her apartment inside a doll without her knowledge. When the stalker isolates Hendrix in her apartment, she must find a way to defeat him in a thrilling, chilling battle of wits, relying on all of her senses -- save her sight -- to stay alive.

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