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October 14, 1990 | Susan King
Richard Crenna reprises his role as New York City detective Lt. Frank Janek in the CBS mystery thriller "Murder Times Seven." This marks the fourth time Crenna has played the crack internal affairs cop. He originated the role of Janek in the CBS miniseries "Doubletake." Crenna began his career on radio as a child actor. His big break came in the late '40s, when he appeared as the nerdy Walter Denton on Eve Arden's hit CBS radio series, "Our Miss Brooks."
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June 27, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Film Critic
The air of compelling melancholy that hangs over all of Jean-Pierre Melville's classic policiers is especially inescapable while watching his 1972 "Un Flic. " This was the last film the director finished before dying of a heart attack at age 55, and it has many of the traits that have made him a favorite for fans of crime films in general and the French variety in particular. Melville had a celebrated cameo in Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless," playing the literary celebrity interviewed by Jean Seberg who says his ambition is "to become immortal and die," a state his 13 films, including such gems as "Le Samuraï," "Army of Shadows" and "Bob le Flambeur," have enabled him to achieve.
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January 19, 2003 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Richard Crenna, who gained fame on TV's "Our Miss Brooks" and "The Real McCoys" and made a successful transition from comedy to drama on television and in movies such as "The Sand Pebbles" and "Body Heat," has died. He was 75. Crenna, a former child radio actor who began his more than six-decade career in the late 1930s, died Friday of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his wife, Penni, said Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 2004
I worked for a food catering service at the studios and often came into contact with actor Richard Crenna. I can't believe you forgot him in "Final Curtain" (Dec. 28). He was such a continuing presence in both movies and TV -- from the squeaky-voiced Walter Denton on "Our Miss Brooks" to the adorable, geeky Luke on "The Real McCoys"; from "The Sand Pebbles" to "Wait Until Dark"; from "Body Heat" to his last memorable role in "Judging Amy," to name just a few. He was an actor's actor who stood by and for his colleagues.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Crenna saddles up for the role of an aging cowboy in "By Dawn's Early Light," a movie premiering Sunday on the Showtime cable network. Crenna, 73, plays Ben Maxwell, who initially welcomes teenage grandson Mike (Chris Olivero) with open arms when the young man is sent by his parents to visit Ben for six weeks in the wilds of Colorado. Unfortunately, Mike is a surly, spoiled kid from Los Angeles who tunes out authority.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 1991 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Maybe James Earl Jones was just too good an actor. Or maybe the hot dog was. Together, they certainly faked out ABC. "Sure we saw some of the problems in the premise of 'Gabriel's Fire' at the start," Ted Harbert, ABC's executive vice president, said of last season's ratings flop, which began with Jones' character, Gabriel Bird, being released from prison and experiencing street life again for the first time in 20 years.
NEWS
September 23, 1990 | SUSAN KING, Times Staff Writer
MOVIES Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Crenna reprises his role as Lt. Janek in the CBS suspense drama "Murder Times Seven," airing Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. In the sequel to the CBS miniseries "Double Take" and "Internal Affairs," the New York City detective clashes with a special task force while investigating a grizzly mass murder in which the victim is one of Janek's former partners. Cliff Gorman, Moses Gunn and Susan Blakely costar.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Film Critic
The air of compelling melancholy that hangs over all of Jean-Pierre Melville's classic policiers is especially inescapable while watching his 1972 "Un Flic. " This was the last film the director finished before dying of a heart attack at age 55, and it has many of the traits that have made him a favorite for fans of crime films in general and the French variety in particular. Melville had a celebrated cameo in Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless," playing the literary celebrity interviewed by Jean Seberg who says his ambition is "to become immortal and die," a state his 13 films, including such gems as "Le Samuraï," "Army of Shadows" and "Bob le Flambeur," have enabled him to achieve.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 1987 | DON SHIRLEY
Raising a child with Down's syndrome has got to be harder than it looks in "Kids Like These" (Sunday at 9 p.m. on Channels 2 and 8). The characters are so heroic that one doubts if there are real people like these. The child--played at various ages by five boys, all of whom have Down's syndrome--is unusually bright for someone who's supposedly retarded. He can count in four different languages at a very early age (although his precise age at any one moment is usually glossed over).
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 2004
Manohla DARGIS hates war (films), illustrated by her hysterical rant. She might accept wars fought over "... politics worth dying for ...," but conflicts fought for "ideals"? Fuggetaboutit. Dargis takes no prisoners, dispatching "Hollywood suits" and classics like "Gone With the Wind" with a manic glee that makes a samurai warrior's bloodlust seem pale. Dargis, for all her smarts, can't discern the difference between politics and policy.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 2004
Manohla DARGIS hates war (films), illustrated by her hysterical rant. She might accept wars fought over "... politics worth dying for ...," but conflicts fought for "ideals"? Fuggetaboutit. Dargis takes no prisoners, dispatching "Hollywood suits" and classics like "Gone With the Wind" with a manic glee that makes a samurai warrior's bloodlust seem pale. Dargis, for all her smarts, can't discern the difference between politics and policy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2003 | Dennis McLellan, Times Staff Writer
Richard Crenna, who gained fame on TV's "Our Miss Brooks" and "The Real McCoys" and made a successful transition from comedy to drama on television and in movies such as "The Sand Pebbles" and "Body Heat," has died. He was 75. Crenna, a former child radio actor who began his more than six-decade career in the late 1930s, died Friday of pancreatic cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, his wife, Penni, said Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 14, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Richard Crenna saddles up for the role of an aging cowboy in "By Dawn's Early Light," a movie premiering Sunday on the Showtime cable network. Crenna, 73, plays Ben Maxwell, who initially welcomes teenage grandson Mike (Chris Olivero) with open arms when the young man is sent by his parents to visit Ben for six weeks in the wilds of Colorado. Unfortunately, Mike is a surly, spoiled kid from Los Angeles who tunes out authority.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 1991 | STEVE WEINSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Maybe James Earl Jones was just too good an actor. Or maybe the hot dog was. Together, they certainly faked out ABC. "Sure we saw some of the problems in the premise of 'Gabriel's Fire' at the start," Ted Harbert, ABC's executive vice president, said of last season's ratings flop, which began with Jones' character, Gabriel Bird, being released from prison and experiencing street life again for the first time in 20 years.
NEWS
October 14, 1990 | Susan King
Richard Crenna reprises his role as New York City detective Lt. Frank Janek in the CBS mystery thriller "Murder Times Seven." This marks the fourth time Crenna has played the crack internal affairs cop. He originated the role of Janek in the CBS miniseries "Doubletake." Crenna began his career on radio as a child actor. His big break came in the late '40s, when he appeared as the nerdy Walter Denton on Eve Arden's hit CBS radio series, "Our Miss Brooks."
NEWS
September 23, 1990 | SUSAN KING, Times Staff Writer
MOVIES Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Crenna reprises his role as Lt. Janek in the CBS suspense drama "Murder Times Seven," airing Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. In the sequel to the CBS miniseries "Double Take" and "Internal Affairs," the New York City detective clashes with a special task force while investigating a grizzly mass murder in which the victim is one of Janek's former partners. Cliff Gorman, Moses Gunn and Susan Blakely costar.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 4, 2004
I worked for a food catering service at the studios and often came into contact with actor Richard Crenna. I can't believe you forgot him in "Final Curtain" (Dec. 28). He was such a continuing presence in both movies and TV -- from the squeaky-voiced Walter Denton on "Our Miss Brooks" to the adorable, geeky Luke on "The Real McCoys"; from "The Sand Pebbles" to "Wait Until Dark"; from "Body Heat" to his last memorable role in "Judging Amy," to name just a few. He was an actor's actor who stood by and for his colleagues.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 7, 1987 | DON SHIRLEY
Raising a child with Down's syndrome has got to be harder than it looks in "Kids Like These" (Sunday at 9 p.m. on Channels 2 and 8). The characters are so heroic that one doubts if there are real people like these. The child--played at various ages by five boys, all of whom have Down's syndrome--is unusually bright for someone who's supposedly retarded. He can count in four different languages at a very early age (although his precise age at any one moment is usually glossed over).
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