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October 4, 2023

Vintage Portrait Photos of Richard Denning in the 1940s

Born 1914 as Louis Albert Heindrich Denninger Jr., in Poughkeepsie, New York, American actor Richard Denning began acting in minor supporting and background roles through the 1930s and early 1940s until the start of World War II. According to Denning, his military service disrupted his acting career, and after his discharge it would be a year and a half before Paramount Pictures offered him more acting work. During that time, he and his family lived in a mobile home that he alternately parked at Malibu and Palm Springs.

Denning starred in science fiction films of the 1950s, including Unknown Island (1948), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Target Earth (1954), Day the World Ended (1955), Creature with the Atom Brain (1955), and The Black Scorpion (1957). He also appeared in the film An Affair to Remember (1957) with Cary Grant and on radio with Lucille Ball in My Favorite Husband (1948–1951), the forerunner of television’s I Love Lucy.

Denning has a star at 6932 Hollywood Boulevard in the Television section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was dedicated on February 8, 1960. In 1968, he completed his last film, a comedy titled I Sailed to Tahiti with an All Girl Crew.

Denning died of a heart attack at the age of 84 in 1998, while visiting relatives in Southern California. Take a look at these vintage photos to see portraits of a young and handsome Richard Denning in the 1940s.


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