Denning, Richard, Y1c

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
YN-0000-Yeoman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Yeoman
Primary Unit
1943-1943, YN-0000, Submarine School Enlisted Basic
Service Years
1942 - 1945
YN-Yeoman

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1914
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Poughkeepsie, NY
Last Address
Escondido, CA
Buried, Maui Veterans Cemetery, Makawao, HI

Date of Passing
Oct 11, 1998
 
Location of Interment
Maui Veterans Cemetery - Makawao, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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YN/1 Richard Denning
 

Actor. Born Louis Albert Heindrich Denninger, Jr, he originally studied business management in Los Angeles. He graduated with an MBA from Woodbury Business College, but decided to break into acting instead. He won a radio contest called "Do You Want to Be an Actor", and was awarded a Warner Bros. screen test. Warner rejected him, but Paramount took him on the condition that he change his name to Denning. (Studio execs worried that "Denninger" sounded too much like gangster John Dillinger). 


1942: During World War II he enlisted in the submarine service, and served as a Navy Yeoman 1st Class in the South Pacific. He served out the war there, receiving an honorable discharge in October, 1945.   

He played the recurring role of the Hawaiian Governor in the popular television series "Hawaii five-0". Richard died of a heart attack in Escondido, California, and was interred beside his first wife in Maui Veterans cemetery.

   
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Denning also worked in radio, most notably alongside Lucille Ball in "My Favorite Husband", becoming one of the most popular male leads in radio. He hoped continue this role in television, but Ball wanted to work with her then husband Desi Arnaz in the TV show "I Love Lucy".


   
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  Richard Denning, born: Louis Denninger, Jr.
   
Date
Oct 11, 1998

Last Updated:
Mar 17, 2013
   
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Richard Denning (1914-1998) [An Affair to Remember (1957); Some Like it Hot (1959)]. He was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, as Louis Albert Denninger Jr. After graduating from Woodbury College in Los Angeles, California he joined his father in the garment business and worked his way up from office boy to vice president. He never liked accounting and looked for diversions in little theater groups as a hobby. Acting suited him so well he switched careers. He starred in such movies as Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) but he's most famous for his role as Governor of Hawaii Paul Jameson in the CBS television network series Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980). During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on a submarine as Yeoman 1st Class.

   
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