Reginald Denny

Photo: Jack Freulich (1880-1936)

1891 - 1967

The actor Reginald Denny was born as Reginald Leigh Dugmore.
He inherited the acting by his father who was the actor and singer W. H. Denny.

Therefore Reginald Denny came in contact with the stage at an early age when he acted on stage when he was six years old.

But at first acting was a hobby for him. This changed when he finished shool and went to the USA in 1908.

There he took part in the play "The Quaker Girl" and he joined a theater troupe who toured through the USA, India and Far East.

Reginald Denny already appeared in first British silent movies in 1912 but only from 1915 - when he returned to the USA - he was able to launch his impressive film career.

The number of movies in the first years remained low, among others he appeared in "Niobe" (15), "The Melting Pot" (15) and "The Red Lantern" (19).

During World War I he served for the Royal Flying Corps as a pilot. There he not only gained experience in flying but also became the box champion of the brigade.

After the war he returned to the film business and Reginald Denny soon became a demanded actor in popular movies. To his well-known movies of those years belong "The Price of Posession" (21), "Disraeli" (21), "The Iron Trail" (22), "Sherlock Holmes" (22), "The Jaws of Steel" (22), "When Kane Met Abel" (23), "The Wandering Two" (23), "The Reckless Age" (24), "What Happened to Jones" (26), "Fast and Furious" (27), "The Night Bird" (28) and "Clear the Decks" (29).

The transition to the sound film was no problem for him and he took part in numerous other movies.

To these movies belong "Madam Satan" (30), "Hamlet" (33), "The Barbarian" (33), "Of Human Bondage" (34), "Anna Karenina" (35), "The Lady in Scarlet" (35), "Romeo and Juliet" (36), "Bulldog Drummond Escapes" (37), "Blockade" (38) and "Everybody's Baby" (39).

In 1940 he played in Alfred Hitchcock's movie "Rebecca" (40). Other movies followed with "Seven Sinners" (40), "Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror" (42), "Love Letters" (45), "Tangier" (46), "The Macomber Affair" (47), "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (47) and "Escape Me Never" (47).

Television became a more important factor in his career from the 50s, still he continued to act in well-known feature movies.

To Reginald Denny's last cinematical works belong "The Iroquois Trail" (50), "Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (53), "Escape to Burma" (55), "Around the World in Eighty Days" (56), an episode of the serial "Climax!: The Hanging Judge" (56), "The Phantom" (61), "Cat Ballou" (65) and "Batman" (66).

Besides the acting he developed another ferventness - building of model aircrafts - a passion which came from World War I.

Finally he even created a drone and one of his model brought him an assignment with the US Army who ordered 15'000 of his radio-controlled target drone (the RP-5A). Furthermore he founded a shop for model airplanes in 1915 successfully.

Reginald Denny was married with the actresses Irene Haisman and Betsy Lee verheiratet. His brother Malcolm Denny was also an actor.

Other movies with Reginald Denny: 
Bringing Up Betty (19) The Oakdale Affair (19) A Dark Lantern (20) 39 East (20) Paying the Piper (21) Experience (21) Footlights (21) The Beggar Maid (21) Tropical Love (21) Let's Go (22) Round Two (22) Payment Through the Nose (22) The Leather Pushers (22) A Fool and His Money (22) The Taming of the Shrewd (22) Whipsawed (22) Never Let Go (22) Plain Grit (22) The Kentucky Derby (22) Young King Cole (22) He Raised Kane (22) The Chickasha Bone Crusher (23) Strike Father, Strike Son (23) Joan of Newark (23) Abysmal Brute (23) The Widower's Mite (23) Don Coyote (23) Something for Nothing (23) Columbia, the Gem, and the Ocean (23) Barnaby's Grudge (23) The Thrill Chaser (23) Sporting Youth (24) The Fast Worker (24) Oh, Doctor! (25) I'll Show You the Town (25) Where Was I? (25) California Straight Ahead (25) Skinner's Dress Suit (26) Rolling Home (26) Take It from Me (26) The Cheerful Fraud (26) Out All Night (27) On Your Toes (27) That's My Daddy (28) Good Morning, Judge (28) Red Hot Speed (29) His Lucky Day (29) One Hysterical Night (29) Embarassing Moments (30) What a Man (30) Those Three French Girls (30) A Lady's Morals (30) Oh, for a Man! (30) Parlor, Bedroom and Bath (31) Kiki (31) Stepping Out (31) Private Lives (31) Strange Justice (32) The Iron Master (33) The Big Bluff (33) Only Yesterday (33) Fog (33) The Lost Patrol (34) Dancing Man (34) The World Moves On (34) Were Rich Again (34) One More River (34) The Richest Girl in the World (34) The Little Minister (34) The Lottery Lover (35) Without Children (35) Vagabond Lady (35) No More Ladies (35) Here's to Romance (35) Remember Last Night? (35) Mdnight Phantom (35) The Preview Murder Mystery (36) It Couldn't Have Happenedn (But It Did) (36) Two in a Crowd (36) More Than a Secretary (36) We're in the Legion Now (36) Join the Marines (37) Women of Glamour (37) Let's Get Married (37) The Great Gambini (37) Jungle Menace (37) Bulldog Drummond Comes Back (37) Sunday Night at the Trocadero (37) Beg, Borrow or Steal (37) Bulldog Drummond's Refenge (37) Bulldog Drummond's Peril (38) Four Men and a Prayer (38) Bulldog Drummond in Africa (38) Arrest Bulldog Drummond (39) Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (39) Bulldog Drummond's Bride (39) Spring Parade (40) One Night in Lisbon (41) International Squadron (41) Appointment for Love (41) Captains of the Clouds (42) Eyes in the Night (42) Thunder Birds (Soldiers of the Air) (42) Over My Dead Body (42) The Crime Doctor's Strangest Case (43) Song of the Open Road (44) The Locket (46) My Favorite Brunette (47) Christmas Eve (47) Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (48) Serie "Your Show Time: The Invisible Wound" (49) Serie "Hollywood Theatre Time: New York Story" (51) Serie "The Cavalcade of America: All's Well with Lydia" (52) Serie "My Hero: Movie Star" (52) Serie "Fireside Theatre: The Deauville Bracelet" (53) Serie "Cavalcade of America: The Stolen General" (53) Fort Vengeance (53) World for Ransom (54) Sabaka (54) Serie "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: George Reading Play to Be Done in London" (54) Serie "The Ford Television Theatre: The Mason-Dixon Line" (54) Serie "The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater: The Hypochondriac" (55) Serie "The Whistler: A Case for Mr. Carrington" (55) Serie "The Colgate Comedy Hour: Roberta" (55) Serie "Private Secretary: Anythiong Can Happen" (55) Serie "Topper: The Neighbors" (55) Serie "Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre: The Sport" (55) Serie "The Red Skelton Show: Queen of Mars" (55) Serie "The Red Skelton Show: Love Thy Neighbor" (55) Serie "The Red Skelton Show: The Smog Czar" (55) Serie "The Red Skelton Show: Freddie on a Luxury Liner" (56) Serie "Telephone Time: Grandpa Changes the World" (56) Serie "General Electric Summer Originals: Alias Mike Hercules" (56) Serie "Passport to Danger: Edinburgh" (56) Serie "Matinee Theatre: Perfect Alibi" (56) Serie "Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers: Cecil of Kabul" (57) Serie "The Red Skelton Show: Robinson Crusoe" (57) Serie "Playhouse 90: The Last Tycoon" (57) Serie "Playhouse 90: The Helen Morgan Story" (57) Serie "Dow Hour of Great Mysteries: The Dachet Diamonds" (60) Serie "The DuPont Show of the Month: The Scarlet Pimpernel" (60) Serie "Adventures in Paradise: A Penny a Day" (61) Serie "Adventures in Paradise: Policeman's Holiday" (62) Serie "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre: The Timothy Heist" (64) Serie "Please Don't Eat the Daisies: Somewhere George Is Calling" (65) Assault on a Queen (66) Serie "Batman: A Riddle a Day Keeps the Riddler Away" (66) Serie "Batman: When the Rat's Away, the Mice Will Play" (66)

The Beggar Maid (21) Tropical Love (21) Fast and Furious (27) That's My Daddy (28) One Hysterical Night (29) The Big Bluff (33)

That's My Daddy (28) The Big Bluff (33)