Richard Crenna, a character actor who was a constant presence in films and TV over the last half-century, died Friday at 76 at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the New York Times reports. He died of heart failure after spending several months fighting pancratic cancer.
Crenna's most widely seen role may have been Col. Samuel Trautman in the three ''Rambo'' movies in the 1980s, but he worked steadily from the days of radio, when he played gawky teenager Walter Denton on the comedy series ''Our Miss Brooks,'' which moved to TV in the early 1950s. In the late '50s, he starred opposite Walter Brennan on the TV sitcom ''The Real McCoys.'' Movie roles included work opposite Steve McQueen in ''The Sand Pebbles,'' Audrey Hepburn in ''Wait Until Dark,'' Kathleen Turner in ''Body Heat,'' Matt Dillon in ''The Flamingo Kid,'' and Harrison Ford in ''Sabrina.'' In 1985, he won an Emmy as a macho cop who is sexually assaulted in the TV movie ''The Rape of Richard Beck.'' Most recently, he played the recurring role of Judge Jared Duff on the current season of TV's ''Judging Amy.''