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George Kennedy

Actor | * 02/18/1925 († 91, 02/28/2016) | New York City, New York, USA
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George Harris Kennedy Jr. (February 18, 1925 – February 28, 2016) was an American actor who appeared in more than 100 film and television productions. He played "Dragline" opposite Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke (1967), winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the role and being nominated for the corresponding Golden Globe. He received a second Golden Globe nomination for portraying Joe Patroni in Airport (1970). Among the notable films he had a significant role in are Charade, Strait-Jacket, McHale's Navy, Shenandoah, The Sons of Katie Elder, The Flight of the Phoenix, ()
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Sandy-haired, tall and burly George Harris Kennedy, Jr. was born in New York City, to Helen A. (Kieselbach), a ballet dancer, and George Harris Kennedy, an orchestra leader and musician. He had German, Irish, and English ancestry. A World War II veteran, Kennedy at one stage in his career cornered the market at playing tough, no-nonsense characters who were either quite crooked or possessed hearts of gold. Kennedy notched up an impressive 200+ appearances in both TV and film, and was well respected within the Hollywood community. He started out in TV westerns in the late 1950s and early 1960s: Have Gun - Will Travel (1957), Rawhide (1959), Maverick (1957), Colt .45 (1957), among others; before scoring minor roles in films including Lonely Are the Brave (1962), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) and The Flight of the Phoenix (1965). The late 1960s was a very busy period for Kennedy, and he was strongly in favor with casting agents, appearing in Hurry Sundown (1967), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and scoring an Oscar win as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Cool Hand Luke (1967). The disaster film boom of the 1970s was kind to Kennedy, too, and his talents were in demand for Airport(1970) and the three subsequent sequels, as a grizzled cop in Earthquake (1974), plus the buddy/road film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974) as vicious bank robber Red Leary. The 1980s saw Kennedy appear in a mishmash of roles, playing various characters; however, Kennedy and Leslie Nielsen surprised everyone with their comedic talents in the hugely successful The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988), and the two screen veterans hammed it up again in, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991), plus Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994). Kennedy remained busy in Hollywood and lent his distinctive voice to the animated Cats Don't Dance (1997) and the children's action film Small Soldiers (1998). A Hollywood stalwart for nearly 50 years, he is one of the most enjoyable actors to watch on screen. His last role was in the film The Gambler (2014), as Mark Wahlberg's character's grandfather. George Kennedy died on February 28, 2016 in Middleton, Idaho.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Action

Known for these Movies & Shows

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

PG-13

1991 | 3.4/5 | 1h 25min
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Airport

G

1970 | 3.2/5 | 2h 17min
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Charade

Certification unknown

1963 | 3.9/5 | 1h 53min
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Cool Hand Luke

PG

1967 | 3.9/5 | 2h 6min
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Awards & Nominations for George Kennedy

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor 40th Academy Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

Movies with George Kennedy as Actor(112)

as Ed2014 The Gambler
as Joe Baker2011 Another Happy Day
as Judge Duke2008 The Man Who Came Back
as John Tevis2007 Sands of Oblivion
as Dr. Peter Gannon2005 Truce
as Ed Fiske2005 Three Bad Men
as Director2005 Don't Come Knocking
as Passenger Requesting Vodka (uncredited)2003 View from the Top
as Dexter Brisbane2003 Monster Makers
as Brick Bazooka1998 Small Soldiers
as Carter McKay1998 Dallas - War of The Ewings
as General Vice1998 Men in White
as L.B. Mammoth (voice)1997 Cats Don't Dance
as Tom Bradfield1992 Distant Justice
as John McCready1991 Driving Me Crazy
as Captain Ed Hocken1991 The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
as Dr. Bruckner1991 Intensive Care
as Thomas1990 Hired to Kill
as Bahraini Investigator1990 Mayumi: Virgin Terrorist
as Vance1990 Brain Dead
as Wilson1989 Esmeralda Bay
as Rev. Hughes1989 Ministry of Vengeance
as Bill Crafton1988 Demonwarp
as Sherrif Hanks1988 Nightmare at Noon
as Sam Milshaw1988 Private Road: No Trespassing
as Big Buck Brayton1988 What Price Victory
as Vincent Duplain1988 Born to Race
as Heinrich Holzmann1988 Top Line
as Mike Harvey1988 Uninvited
as Deke Turner1987 The Gunfighters
as Ray Spruce1987 Creepshow 2
as Father O'Malley1986 The Delta Force
as Spade Chandler1986 Radioactive Dreams
as Ben1986 Rigged
as Rudy Van Leuven1985 International Airport
as Tick Rand1985 Savage Dawn
as Charles 'Charley' Riley1984 The Jesse Owens Story
as Cotton1984 Bolero
as Mr. Doctor Graves1982 Wacko
as himself1982 The Jupiter Menace
as Roy McLean1981 Just Before Dawn
as Himself and Zeron1981 Modern Romance
as Admiral Conway1980 Virus
as Farley & Harley Fontenot1980 Hotwire
as Captain Ashland1980 Death Ship
as Capt. Joe Patroni1979 The Concorde... Airport '79
as Big Lew Cassidy1979 Steel
as Chief Talasek1979 The Double McGuffin
as Anthony Fusqua1979 Search and Destroy
as Captain Omar Kinsman1978 Mean Dog Blues
as Gen. George S. Patton1978 Brass Target
as Andrew Pennington1978 Death on the Nile
as Joe Patroni1977 Airport '77
as Ken Shuftan1977 Proof of the Man
as himself1975 The Lion Roars Again
as Ben Bowman1975 The Eiger Sanction
as John Kinsdale1975 The 'Human' Factor
as Sgt. Lew Slade1974 Earthquake
as Red Leary1974 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
as Joe Patroni1974 Airport 1975
as Sam Hadley1974 A Cry in the Wilderness
as Fraser1973 Cahill U.S. Marshal
as Sam Cornelius1973 Lost Horizon
as Walter 'Cowboy' McAdams1973 Deliver Us from Evil
as Brad Wilkes1972 A Great American Tragedy
as 'Bear' Suchette1972 The Bull Of The West
as Dallas 'Doc' Council1971 Fools' Parade
as Paul R. Cameron1970 Zig Zag
as Herkimer 'Hoke' Birdsill1970 Dirty Dingus Magee
as Joe Patroni1970 Airport
as John Little1970 ...tick... tick... tick...
as Johanson1969 Gaily, Gaily
as Sheriff July Johnson1968 Bandolero!
as Sammy Ryderbeit1968 The Pink Jungle
as Det. Phil DiNatale1968 The Boston Strangler
as Matt Burke (uncredited)1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare
as Sheriff Coombs1967 Hurry Sundown
as Dragline1967 Cool Hand Luke
as Arch Ogden1967 The Ballad of Josie
as Major Max Armbruster1967 The Dirty Dozen
as Colonel Gregory1965 In Harm's Way
as Willard1965 Mirage
as Col. Fairchild1965 Shenandoah
as Aleut Captain1964 Island of the Blue Dolphins
as Rudy1964 See How They Run
as Leo Krause1964 Strait-Jacket
as Herman Scobie1963 Charade
as Deputy Sheriff Gutierrez1962 Lonely Are the Brave
as Rebel Soldier (uncredited)1960 Spartacus

TV Shows/Series with George Kennedy as Actor(34)

1990 Wings
as President Warren G. Harding1979 Backstairs at the White House
as Carter McKay1978 Dallas
as Father Samuel Cavanaugh1971 Sarge
1966 Tarzan
1965 Laredo
1963 Grindl
1960 Outlaws
1959 Rawhide
1958 Lawman

Additional Information

Full Name: George Kennedy
Born: 02/18/1925 in New York City
Died: 02/28/2016 in Middleton (aged: 91)
Zodiac sign: Aquarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Ox)
Educated at: Tarleton State University
Other names for George Kennedy (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"George Harris Kennedy Jr."
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:2923, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 03/13/2019