Date of Birth : Mar 27th 1914

American actor who starred in such movies as Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) and An Affair to Remember (1957), and on radio with Lucille Ball as her husband George Cooper in My Favorite Husband (1948-1951), the forerunner of television’s I Love Lucy, for which Denning was replaced by Ball’s real-life husband, Desi Arnaz.

He was most famous for his recurring role as Governor of Hawaii Paul Jameson in the CBS series Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980). He also starred as the title character in the detective series Michael Shayne (1960-61) and shared title billing with Barbara Britton in the detective series Mr. and Mrs. North (1952-1954). Francis De Sales appeared in twenty-five episodes of Mr. and Mrs. North as police contact, Lieutenant Ben Weigand.

Denning was married to 1940s horror movie queen Evelyn Ankers (co-star of The Wolf Man), who retired from films at age 32 after they were married. After Ankers’ death from cancer in 1985, Denning married Patricia Leffingwell.




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