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Reginald Denny ACTOR


Reginald Denny was born on November 20th, 1891 in Richmond, Surrey England located in the United Kingdom with the birth name Reginald Leigh Dugmore.  He was born into a family already involved in show business.  His father was a  stage actor and singer by the name of W.H. Denny who was a member of the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. 
Denny left High School at the age of sixteen and went on to study at St. Francis Xavier College in Mayfield, Sussez.  He was quite intelligent and passed the Oxford exams, but at that point in his life he began to develop an interest in acting.  In 1911, he traveled to America working as part of the, "Quaker Girl" cast, but only remained for one year.
In 1912, Denny decided to join an acting troupe and he traveled throughout the United States, India and as far as the far east.  He also had the opportunity to debut in a couple of British films and toured briefly with the Bandmann Opera Company.  After a while, he decided to return back to the United States and see if he had a chance of making a film career.
In 1917, Denny joined the Royal Flying Corp as a pilot just as World War I progressed.  He remained as a pilot for two years and also pursued a career as a boxer.  Finally in 1919 he decided he was ready to try this Hollywood film acting.
He was cast in over 60 films during the silent era in was able to even use his boxing and flying skills for some film work such as in the film, "The Leather Pushers" (1922) where he was able to show off his boxing ability.  He was also cast in, "The Abysmal Brute" (1923) which became a hit.
When the films industry switched to 'sound films' the public began to realize that Denny was in fact British.  It was sometimes a challenge for him to get out of portraying the typical stereotypical roles of a British character, but he was a talented actor with handsome and charming features and he did manage to get cast in a number of films such as, his first talkie, "One Hysterical Night" (1929) followed by "The Lost Patrol" (1934), "Of Human Bondage" (1934) and "Romeo and Juliet" (1936).  

As time progressed, in the early forties, Denny was not so concerned with the fact that acting roles were becoming less available to him as he began to pursue an interest elsewhere.  He developed an interest in model airplanes and began to pursue a career in making model airplanes.  He did not completely neglect his acting career, but he had a intrigued interest in aviation technology and wanted to see where he could take his career in that direction. 
Along with his associates, Walter Righter and Paul Whittier, the three men developed "Radioplane" and 15,000 target drones for the United States Army.  This company was later purchased in 1952 by Northrup.  He also opened up a Model shop and took his passion on the road judging model competitions.  
Reginald Denny did make a couple appearances on television and continued to run his company and pursue his model shop.  His brother, Malcolm Denny also became an actor and remained in the industry.  Denny's final film appearances were in, "Cat Ballou" (1965), "Assault on a Queen" (1966) and "Batman" (1966). 
Denny married twice throughout his lifetime, first to Irene Haisman from 1913 through 1927 and they had one daughter together, Barbara.  His second marriage was to Betsy Lee from 1928 and they had another three children together.  It is unknown what exact year the couple separated.

On June 16th, 1967, Reginald Denny passed away from cancer and was interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California.  Reginald Denny will always be known for his light and charming comedy which was very subtle and unique in its own way.    


1966 Batman
1966 Assault on a Queen 
1966 Batman
1965 Please Don't Eat the Daisies
1965 Cat Ballou
1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre
1964 Advance to the Rear 
1961-1962 Adventures in Paradise
1961 The Phantom 
1960 The DuPont Show of the Month 
1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries
1957 Playhouse 90
1955-1957 The Red Skelton Hour
1957 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial
1957 Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers 
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days 
1956 Passport to Danger
1956 Alias Mike Hercules
1956 General Electric Summer Originals
1956 Telephone Time
1956 Climax!
1955 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre
1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour 
1955 Escape to Burma
1955 The Whistler
1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater
1954 Sabaka 
1954 The Ford Television Theatre
1954 World for Ransom 
1952-1953 Cavalcade of America 
1953 Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 
1953 Fireside Theatre
1953 Fort Vengeance
1952 My Hero 
1950 The Iroquois Trail 
1949 Your Show Time
1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House 
1947 Escape Me Never 
1947 Christmas Eve 
1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
1947 The Macomber Affair
1947 My Favorite Brunette 
1946 The Locket 
1946 Tangier 
1945 Love Letters 
1944 Song of the Open Road 
1943 Crime Doctor's Strangest Case 
1942 Over My Dead Body
1942 Thunder Birds [Soldiers of the Air] 
1942 Eyes in the Night 
1942 Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror 
1942 Captains of the Clouds
1941 Appointment for Love 
1941 International Squadron
1941 One Night in Lisbon
1940 Seven Sinners
1940 Spring Parade
1940 Rebecca 
1939 Bulldog Drummond's Bride 
1939 Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police 
1939 Everybody's Baby 
1939 Arrest Bulldog Drummond 
1938 Bulldog Drummond in Africa
1938 Blockade 
1938 Four Men and a Prayer
1938 Bulldog Drummond's Peril 
1937 Bulldog Drummond's Revenge 
1937 Beg, Borrow or Steal 
1937 Bulldog Drummond Comes Back 
1937 Jungle Menace 
1937 The Great Gambini 
1937 Bulldog Drummond Escapes 
1937 Let's Get Married 
1937 Women of Glamour
1937 Join the Marines 
1936 We're in the Legion Now 
1936 More Than a Secretary 
1936 Two in a Crowd 
1936 Romeo and Juliet 
1936 It Couldn't Have Happened - But It Did
1936 The Preview Murder Mystery 
1935 Midnight Phantom 
1935 Remember Last Night? 
1935 The Lady in Scarlet
1935 Anna Karenina
1935 Here's to Romance 
1935 No More Ladies 
1935 Vagabond Lady 
1935 Without Children 
1935 The Lottery Lover 
1934 The Little Minister 
1934 The Richest Girl in the World 
1934 One More River 
1934 We're Rich Again 
1934 Of Human Bondage 
1934 The World Moves On 
1934 Dancing Man 
1934 The Lost Patrol 
1933 Fog 
1933 Only Yesterday 
1933 IThe Big Bluff 
1933 The Barbarian 
1933 The Iron Master 
1933 Hamlet, Act I: Scenes IV and V 
1932 Strange Justice
1931 Private Lives
1931 Stepping Out
1931 Kiki
1931 Parlor, Bedroom and Bath
1930 Oh, for a Man!
1930 A Lady's Morals
1930 Those Three French Girls
1930 Madam Satan
1930 What a Man
1930 Embarrassing Moments
1929 One Hysterical Night 
1929 His Lucky Day 
1929 Clear the Decks
1929 Red Hot Speed 
1928 The Night Bird
1928 Good Morning, Judge
1928 That's My Daddy 
1927 On Your Toes
1927 Out All Night
1927 Fast and Furious
1926 The Cheerful Fraud 
1926 Take It from Me
1926 Rolling Home
1926 Skinner's Dress Suit  
1926 What Happened to Jones 
1925 California Straight Ahead 
1925 Where Was I? 
1925 I'll Show You the Town 
1925 Oh, Doctor!.
1924 The Fast Worker 
1924 The Reckless Age 
1924 Sporting Youth
1923 The Thrill Chaser 
1923 Barnaby's Grudge 
1923 Columbia, the Gem, and the Ocean
1923 Something for Nothing 
1923 Don Coyote 
1923 The Widower's Mite
1923 The Wandering Two
1923 Abysmal Brute 
1923 Joan of Newark 
1923 Strike Father, Strike Son
1923 The Chickasha Bone Crusher 
1922 He Raised Kane 
1922 Young King Cole 
1922 The Kentucky Derby 
1922 Plain Grit 
1922 The Jaws of Steel
1922 Never Let Go 
1922 Whipsawed
1922 The Taming of the Shrewd 
1922 The Leather Pushers 
1922 A Fool and His Money 
1922 Payment Through the Nose
1922 Sherlock Holmes 
1922 Round Two
1922 Let's Go 
1921 The Iron Trail
1921 Tropical Love
1921 The Beggar Maid 
1921 Footlights 
1921 Disraeli
1921 Experience 
1921 The Price of Possession
1921 Paying the Piper 
1920 39 East
1920 A Dark Lantern 
1919 The Oakdale Affair 
1919 Bringing Up Betty 
1919 The Red Lantern
1915 The Melting Pot
1915 Niobe

Matinee Classics - Midnight Phantom starring Reginald Denny, Claudia Dell, Lloyd Hughes, James Farley, Barbara Bedford, Mary Foy, John Elliott, Francis Sayles, Al 'Fuzzy' St. John, Henry Roquemore and Lee Prather
Matinee Classics - Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Boris Karloff
Matinee Classics - Of Human Bondage starring Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Frances Dee, Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Alan Hale Sr., Reginald Sheffield, Reginald Owen and Desmond Roberts
Matinee Classics - Parlor, Bedroom and Bath starring Buster Keaton, Charlotte Greenwood, Reginald Denny, Cliff Edwards, Dorothy Christy, Joan Peters, Sally Eilers, Natalie Moorhead and Ed Brophy
Matinee Classics - Seven Sinners starring John Wayne, Marlene Dietrich, Albert Dekker, Broderick Crawford, Anna Lee, Mischa Auer, Billy Gilbert, Richard Carle, Samuel S. Hinds, Oscar Homolka and Reginald Denny
Matinee Classics - No More Ladies starring Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Charles Ruggles, Franchot Tone, Edna May Oliver, Gail Patrick, Reginald Denny, Vivienne Osborne, Joan Fontaine, Arthur Treacher, David S. Horsley, Jean Chatburn and E.J. Babille
Matinee Classics - Around the World in 80 Days starring David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Newton
Matinee Classics - Anna Karenina starring Greta Garbo, Fredric March, Freddie Bartholomew, Maureen O'Sullivan, May Robson, Basil Rathbone, Reginald Owen, Reginald Denny, Joan Marsh, Ethel Griffies, Harry Beresford and Mary Forbes
Matinee Classics - Assault on a Queen starring Frank Sinatra, Virna Lisi, Anthony Franciosa, Richard Conte, Alf Kjellin, Reginald Denny, Errol John and Murray Matheson
Matinee Classics - Bulldog Drummond Escapes starring Ray Milland, Heather Angel, Reginald Denny  and Porter Hall

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