George Kennedy

George Kennedy

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.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    New York City, New York, USA
    Birthday
    2/18/1925
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Death Ship
5.3
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The Human Factor
5.4
Armed and Deadly: The Making of 'The Dirty Dozen'
Armed and Deadly: The Making of 'The Dirty Dozen'
6
Guns of the Magnificent Seven
Guns of the Magnificent Seven
5.2
Demonwarp
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4.4
The Terror Within
The Terror Within
4.3
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Just Before Dawn
6
Zig Zag
Zig Zag
7.5
Savage Dawn
Savage Dawn
4.3
Hotwire
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5
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5.5
Deliver Us from Evil
Deliver Us from Evil
7.6
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A Cry in the Wilderness
6
A Great American Tragedy
7
Rare Breed
Rare Breed
0
Sarge: The Badge or the Cross
Sarge: The Badge or the Cross
0
The Blue Knight
The Blue Knight
0
Cool Hand Luke
Cool Hand Luke
7.7
The Eiger Sanction
The Eiger Sanction
6.1
Bolero
Bolero
3.4
Cahill U.S. Marshall
Cahill U.S. Marshall
6.1
Esmeralda Bay
Esmeralda Bay
4.4
Proof of the Man
Proof of the Man
7.4
Dennis the Menace Strikes Again!
Dennis the Menace Strikes Again!
5.4
Creepshow 2
Creepshow 2
6.2
Dirty Dingus Magee
Dirty Dingus Magee
5
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys
5.6
Tick... Tick... Tick...
Tick... Tick... Tick...
6.5
The Double McGuffin
The Double McGuffin
5.3
Fools' Parade
Fools' Parade
7.1
Three Bad Men
Three Bad Men
1
Chattanooga Choo Choo
Chattanooga Choo Choo
5
Rigged
Rigged
9.7
Sonic Boom
Sonic Boom
4.5
A Natural Born World-Shaker: The Making of 'Cool Hand Luke'
A Natural Born World-Shaker: The Making of 'Cool Hand Luke'
0
Earthquake
Earthquake
6.1
The Boston Strangler
The Boston Strangler
6.8
Airport 1975
Airport 1975
5.7
Bandolero!
Bandolero!
6.5
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult
6.5
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
6.8
The Ballad of Josie
The Ballad of Josie
5.8
Nightmare at Noon
Nightmare at Noon
4.7
Wacko
Wacko
5.1
Hired to Kill
Hired to Kill
4.9
Intensive Care
0
The Pink Jungle
The Pink Jungle
6.1
Private Road: No Trespassing
Private Road: No Trespassing
4.5
Distant Justice
Distant Justice
5
The Gunfighters
The Gunfighters
4
Mayumi: Virgin Terrorist
Mayumi: Virgin Terrorist
5
The Cops Are Robbers
The Cops Are Robbers
4
Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story
Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story
0
Sands of Oblivion
Sands of Oblivion
4.8
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
7.3
Uninvited
Uninvited
5
The Man Who Came Back
The Man Who Came Back
5
Radioactive Dreams
Radioactive Dreams
5.2
Brass Target
Brass Target
5.9
Search and Destroy
Search and Destroy
6.8
Lost Horizon
Lost Horizon
5.5
Born to Race
Born to Race
4.9
Monster Makers
Monster Makers
2.5
Gaily, Gaily
Gaily, Gaily
4
Gunfight at Black Horses Canyon
Gunfight at Black Horses Canyon
5.6
Dallas: J.R. Returns
Dallas: J.R. Returns
5.2
Charade
Charade
7.7
The Concorde... Airport '79
The Concorde... Airport '79
4.8
Steel
Steel
5.2
Ministry of Vengeance
Ministry of Vengeance
3
Dallas - War of The Ewings
Dallas - War of The Ewings
4.6
International Airport
International Airport
5
The Gambler
The Gambler
5.9
Truce
3.7
Island of the Blue Dolphins
Island of the Blue Dolphins
6.2
Brain Dead
Brain Dead
5.7
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
6.7
The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come
The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come
6
Top Line
Top Line
3.4
What Price Victory
What Price Victory
0
Liberty
Liberty
0
The Dirty Dozen
The Dirty Dozen
7.6
Airport
Airport
6.4
Strait-Jacket
Strait-Jacket
6.6
Lonely Are the Brave
Lonely Are the Brave
7.3
See How They Run
See How They Run
0
Hangfire
Hangfire
4.3
Men in White
Men in White
3.6
Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette
Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette
6.3
Airport '77
Airport '77
5.6
The Delta Force
The Delta Force
5.9
Mirage
Mirage
7
The Man from the Diners' Club
The Man from the Diners' Club
5.5
Counterforce
Counterforce
4.7
The Jesse Owens Story
The Jesse Owens Story
8.5
Cats Don't Dance
Cats Don't Dance
7.2
Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile
7.2
Another Happy Day
Another Happy Day
5.6
The Sons of Katie Elder
The Sons of Katie Elder
7.1
Hurry Sundown
Hurry Sundown
6.6
Mean Dog Blues
Mean Dog Blues
4.9
The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues
The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues
5.8
The Flight of the Phoenix
The Flight of the Phoenix
7.2
The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire
The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire
5.5
The Bull of the West
The Bull of the West
5
Driving Me Crazy
Driving Me Crazy
3.7
The Boneyard Collection
The Boneyard Collection
5.9
Virus
Virus
6.4
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte
7.2
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Don't Come Knocking
6.3
Shenandoah
Shenandoah
6.8
Modern Romance
Modern Romance
6.9
The Legend of Lylah Clare
The Legend of Lylah Clare
6.1
McHale's Navy
McHale's Navy
4.8
Small Soldiers
Small Soldiers
6.5
The Lion Roars Again
0
In Harm's Way
In Harm's Way
6.6
Half Nelson
Half Nelson
0
View from the Top
View from the Top
5.5
WWE SummerSlam 1994
WWE SummerSlam 1994
8
Hollyweird
Hollyweird
8
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