Renella in 1968.
March 24, 1929|
Chicago, Illinois, USA
|Died||November 9, 2012
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Years active||1960 to 1991|
Pat Renella (March 24, 1929 – November 9, 2012) was an American actor. Of Italian descent, his motion picture debut was as an engineer in the space drama X-15 (1961) starring David McLean and Charles Bronson.
Although there is not much written about him in the Los Angeles Times of the day, he was a working actor, mostly playing small parts as gangster types and hoods.
After playing an uncredited part as a man in the movie The Silencers (1966) starring Dean Martin and Stella Stevens, with Victor Buono, Renella had an uncredited small part in Riot on Sunset Strip (1967) starring Aldo Ray. He then played the role as Claude Sadi in Dayton's Devils (1968) starring Rory Calhoun, Leslie Nielsen, and Lainie Kazan. That same year, Renella played Johnny Ross, a Mafia supposed informant scheduled to testify in San Francisco, in Bullitt starring Steve McQueen, Robert Vaughn, and Jacqueline Bisset.
Renella's guest appearances on television include the hit shows Route 66, Combat!, Planet of the Apes, Mannix, The High Chaparral, McCloud, The Rockford Files, The Streets of San Francisco, Hunter, The Dukes of Hazzard, and the soap opera General Hospital.
One year when he attended the Academy Awards, he went over to Ginger Rogers at a party afterward and asked her to dance. She said yes, but told him to come back when they played something slower, which he did.
Renella played the manager of the inn in the sci fi horror drama Moonchild (1974) starring Victor Buono and John Carradine, and he played Duke in Run for the Roses (1977) starring Panchito Gomez and Vera Miles.
- "Pat Renella, Who Played a Bad Guy in ‘Bullitt,’ Dies at 83". The Hollywood Reporter. 2012-11-30. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
- Pat Renella at the Internet Movie Database
- Pat Renella episode of The High Chaparral
- Pat Renella page, chronicling his career, at Facebook
- Pat Renella at Find A Grave