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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.


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Born:
Feb 18, 1925 In New York City, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
143
First Appeared:
In the series The Academy Awards 1953-03-18
Latest Project:
Series Santo Bugito 2017
Known For
Poster of Dallas
Poster of The Blue Knight
Poster of Grindl
Poster of The Asphalt Jungle
Filmography

Santo Bugito (2018)

Animation
Series

The Gambler (2014)

Thriller Crime Drama
Movie
as Ed
5.7 534 votes

Another Happy Day (2011)

Comedy Drama
Movie
as Joe Baker
6.1 35 votes

The Man Who Came Back (2008)

Action Drama Western
Movie
as Judge Duke
7 1 votes

Sands Of Oblivion (2007)

TV Movie Action Adventure Fantasy
Movie
as John Tevis
3.6 10 votes

Armed and Deadly: The Making of 'The Dirty Dozen' (2006)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself

Three Bad Men (2005)

Movie
as Ed Fiske

Truce (2005)

Drama Western
Movie
as Dr. Peter Gannon

View from the Top (2003)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Passenger Requesting Vodka (uncredited)
5.0 128 votes

Monster Makers (2003)

Family
Movie
as Dexter Brisbane
4 1 votes

Dallas - War of The Ewings (1998)

Drama
Movie
as Carter McKay
4.8 3 votes

Small Soldiers (1998)

Comedy Adventure Fantasy Science Fiction Action
Movie
as Brick Bazooka
6.2 482 votes

Men in White (1998)

Science Fiction Comedy
Movie
as General Vice
2.5 2 votes

Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! (1998)

Comedy Family
Movie
as Mr. Johnson
5.2 23 votes

The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)

Comedy Crime
Movie
as Ed Hocken
6.3 471 votes

Distant Justice (1992)

Action
Movie
as Tom Bradfield

Hangfire (1991)

Movie

Intensive Care (1991)

Thriller Horror Action
Movie
as Dr. Bruckner

Driving Me Crazy (1991)

Comedy
Movie
as John McCready
4.4 4 votes

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)

Comedy Crime
Movie
as Captain Ed Hocken
6.6 472 votes

The Commish (1991)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

Wings (1990)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.7 37 votes

Brain Dead (1990)

Horror Action Thriller Science Fiction
Movie
as Vance
5.8 16 votes

Hired to Kill (1990)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Thomas
5.1 4 votes

Esmeralda Bay (1989)

Drama War Action
Movie
as Wilson
3.8 2 votes

The Terror Within (1989)

Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Hal
5.1 9 votes

Ministry of Vengeance (1989)

Movie
as Rev. Hughes

Demonwarp (1988)

Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Bill Crafton
4.5 3 votes

Counterforce (1988)

Action Drama
Movie

What Price Victory (1988)

Movie
as Big Buck Brayton

Private Road: No Trespassing (1988)

Thriller Drama Action
Movie
as Sam Milshaw

Born to Race (1988)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Vincent Duplain
5.5 1 votes

Top Line (1988)

Thriller Science Fiction Horror Comedy Fantasy
Movie
as Heinrich Holzmann

The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)

Comedy Crime
Movie
as Capt. Ed Hocken
7.0 887 votes

Nightmare at Noon (1988)

Action Horror Thriller
Movie
as Sherrif Hanks
6.3 4 votes

Uninvited (1988)

Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Mike Harvey
5.9 7 votes

The Gunfighters (1987)

TV Movie Western
Movie
as Deke Turner

Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues (1987)

Western
Movie
as General Nelson Miles

Creepshow 2 (1987)

Horror
Movie
as Ray Spruce
5.9 113 votes

The Delta Force (1986)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Father O'Malley
5.2 85 votes

Radioactive Dreams (1986)

Science Fiction Action Adventure Comedy
Movie
as Spade Chandler
5.6 5 votes

Savage Dawn (1985)

Action Thriller
Movie
as Tick Rand
5 1 votes

Half Nelson (1985)

TV Movie Comedy Drama
Movie

International Airport (1985)

Drama
Movie
as Rudy Van Leuven
5.0 1 votes

Chattanooga Choo Choo (1984)

Comedy
Movie
as Bert
6 1 votes

Bolero (1984)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Cotton
3.5 21 votes

The Jesse Owens Story (1984)

Drama History
Movie
as Charles 'Charley' Riley
8 1 votes

Wacko (1982)

Comedy Horror
Movie
as Mr. Doctor Graves
5.4 5 votes

The Jupiter Menace (1982)

Documentary
Movie
as Himself

Modern Romance (1981)

Comedy Romance
Movie
as Himself and Zeron
6.5 13 votes

The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (1981)

Fantasy Action Adventure
Movie
as Brakus
4.9 6 votes

Just Before Dawn (1981)

Horror Thriller
Movie
as Roy McLean
6.8 23 votes

Death Ship (1980)

Adventure Horror Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Captain Ashland
5.6 24 votes

Virus (1980)

Horror Science Fiction Drama Adventure
Movie
as Admiral Conway
6 9 votes

Hotwire (1980)

Action Comedy
Movie
as Farley & Harley Fontenot

Backstairs at the White House (1979)

TV Movie History Drama
Movie
as President Warren G. Harding
0.5 1 votes

The Double McGuffin (1979)

Mystery
Movie
as Chief Talasek
4.8 3 votes

Backstairs at the White House (1979)

Drama War & Politics
Series

Search and Destroy (1979)

Action Thriller War
Movie
as Anthony Fusqua
6.5 1 votes

Steel (1979)

Action Adventure Crime
Movie
as Big Lew Cassidy
4.7 3 votes

The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)

Action Drama Thriller
Movie
as Capt. Joe Patroni
4.4 40 votes

Mean Dog Blues (1978)

Movie
as Captain Omar Kinsman
7 1 votes

Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette (1978)

Documentary
Movie
as himself
6.0 1 votes

Dallas (1978)

Soap Drama
Series
as Carter McKay
6.2 30 votes

Death on the Nile (1978)

Mystery
Movie
as Andrew Pennington
6.7 106 votes

Brass Target (1978)

Action Drama
Movie
as Gen. George S. Patton
6.3 4 votes

Airport '77 (1977)

Action Adventure Drama Thriller
Movie
as Joe Patroni
5.9 60 votes

Proof of the Man (1977)

Drama Crime Mystery
Movie
as Ken Shuftan

The Blue Knight (1975)

Crime Drama
Series

The 'Human' Factor (1975)

Action Thriller Foreign
Movie
as John Kinsdale
6.6 4 votes

The Eiger Sanction (1975)

Action Adventure Crime Drama Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Ben Bowman
6.1 80 votes

Saturday Night Live (1975)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
6.4 104 votes

A Cry in the Wilderness (1974)

Thriller TV Movie
Movie
as Sam Hadley

Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)

Action Adventure Comedy Crime
Movie
as Red Leary
6.6 90 votes

Airport 1975 (1974)

Action Adventure Drama Thriller
Movie
as Joe Patroni
5.5 72 votes

Earthquake (1974)

Action Drama Thriller
Movie
as Sgt. Lew Slade
5.5 65 votes

Lost Horizon (1973)

Adventure Fantasy Romance
Movie
as Sam Cornelius
4.6 7 votes

Deliver Us from Evil (1973)

Crime Drama TV Movie
Movie
as Walter 'Cowboy' McAdams
10 1 votes

Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)

Drama Western
Movie
as Fraser
5.5 22 votes

The Bull Of The West (1972)

Western
Movie
as 'Bear' Suchette

A Great American Tragedy (1972)

Drama
Movie
as Brad Wilkes

Fools' Parade (1971)

Thriller Drama Comedy
Movie
as Dallas 'Doc' Council
7.1 4 votes

Sarge (1971)

Drama Crime
Series
as Father Samuel Cavanaugh

...tick... tick... tick... (1970)

Drama Action
Movie
as John Little
6.1 6 votes

Airport (1970)

Action Drama Thriller
Movie
as Joe Patroni
6.2 83 votes

Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)

Comedy Western
Movie
as Herkimer 'Hoke' Birdsill
6 3 votes

Zig Zag (1970)

Crime Drama Thriller
Movie
as Paul R. Cameron
8.3 2 votes

Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)

Action Adventure Drama Western
Movie
as Chris
4.6 14 votes

Gaily, Gaily (1969)

Comedy
Movie
as Johanson

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)

Drama Action Comedy Western
Movie
as McKay
5.4 5 votes

The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)

Drama
Movie
as Matt Burke (uncredited)
7 3 votes

Bandolero! (1968)

Western Action Crime Drama Romance
Movie
as Sheriff July Johnson
6.1 16 votes

The Boston Strangler (1968)

Crime Drama Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Det. Phil DiNatale
6.7 42 votes

The Pink Jungle (1968)

Action Adventure
Movie
as Sammy Ryderbeit

The Ballad of Josie (1967)

Western Comedy
Movie
as Arch Ogden
5.8 2 votes

Hurry Sundown (1967)

Drama
Movie
as Sheriff Coombs
6.4 5 votes

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Dragline
7.6 350 votes

The Dirty Dozen (1967)

Action Adventure War
Movie
as Major Max Armbruster
7.5 277 votes

Tarzan (1966)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.1 4 votes

The Legend of Jesse James (1965)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 1 votes

Shenandoah (1965)

Action Adventure Drama Western
Movie
as Col. Fairchild
6.7 30 votes

The Big Valley (1965)

Western
Series
as Unknown
5.8 5 votes

In Harm's Way (1965)

War Drama
Movie
as Colonel Gregory
6.5 21 votes

Laredo (1965)

Western Comedy
Series
as Unknown
8.0 2 votes

The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)

Action Adventure Drama Western
Movie
as Curley
7.0 51 votes

The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)

Adventure Drama
Movie
as Bellamy
7.1 63 votes

Mirage (1965)

Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Willard
6.5 17 votes

Strait-Jacket (1964)

Drama Horror Thriller
Movie
as Leo Krause
6.3 21 votes

Island of the Blue Dolphins (1964)

Family Drama
Movie
as Aleut Captain
5.7 3 votes

McHale's Navy (1964)

Comedy
Movie
5 4 votes

Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Crime Drama Horror Mystery Thriller
Movie
as Foreman
7.0 46 votes

See How They Run (1964)

Drama
Movie
as Rudy

Daniel Boone (1964)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.8 5 votes

The Man from the Diners' Club (1963)

Comedy
Movie
as George
10. 1 votes

Grindl (1963)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The Great Adventure (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Charade (1963)

Comedy Mystery Romance Thriller
Movie
as Herman Scobie
7.7 287 votes

Lonely Are the Brave (1962)

Drama Western
Movie
as Deputy Sheriff Gutierrez
7.4 24 votes

Going My Way (1962)

Drama Comedy
Series
as Unknown

The Virginian (1962)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.0 1 votes

The Asphalt Jungle (1961)

Series
as Unknown

The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come (1961)

Movie
as Nathan Dillon

Kraft Mystery Theatre (1961)

Drama Mystery
Series
as Unknown

Dr. Kildare (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 6 votes

Thriller (1960)

Horror Thriller
Series
as Unknown
4.5 3 votes

The Tall Man (1960)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8.0 1 votes

Outlaws (1960)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown

Spartacus (1960)

Action Drama History
Movie
as Rebel Soldier (uncredited)
7.3 434 votes

Route 66 (1960)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.3 5 votes

Surfside 6 (1960)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Andy Griffith Show (1960)

Comedy
Series
as Unknown
7.2 30 votes

Rawhide (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.7 9 votes

Riverboat (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
9.0 1 votes

Peter Gunn (1958)

Crime
Series
as Unknown
8.7 3 votes

Lawman (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
6.0 1 votes

Bat Masterson (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

77 Sunset Strip (1958)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
7.8 6 votes

Have Gun – Will Travel (1957)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8.2 12 votes

Maverick (1957)

Comedy Western
Series
as Unknown
8.5 9 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.8 28 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.9 21 votes

Cheyenne (1955)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
7.1 5 votes

The Academy Awards (1953)

Series
as Unknown
6.1 13 votes