Michael Rennie always claimed that he turned actor to escape becoming an
executive for his family's wool business. The Cambridge-educated Rennie
haunted the casting offices until he was hired by Alfred Hitchcock for
his first film, The Secret Agent (1936). Handsome but hollow, Rennie
decided that if he was to be a film star, he'd better learn to act, thus
he spent several seasons with the York Repertory. Serving in World War II
as a flying officer in the RAF, Rennie came to the United States for the
first time to be a training instructor in Georgia.