George Kennedy

Biography

Date of Birth 18 February 1925, New York City, New York, USA Height 6' 3" (1.91 m) A World War II veteran, sandy-haired, tall and burly George 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 has notched up an impressive 200+ appearances in both TV and film, and is 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 has remained busy in Hollywood and has lent his distinctive voice to the animated Cats Don't Dance (1997) and the children's action film Small Soldiers (1998). A Hollywod stalwart for nearly 50 years, he is one of the most enjoyable actors to watch on screen.

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Birth Name

George Harris Kennedy Jr.

Birth Place

New York City, New York, USA

Birth Date

2/18/1925

Death Date

2/28/2016
Known For
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Cool Hand Luke

Dragline

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The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

Captain Ed Hocken

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The Gambler

Ed

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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Capt. Ed Hocken

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The Eiger Sanction

Ben Bowman

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Creepshow 2

Ray Spruce (segment "Old Chief Wood'nhead")

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Guns of the Magnificent Seven

Chris

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Airport 1975

Joe Patroni

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Just Before Dawn

Roy McLean

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Uninvited

Mike Harvey

Starring In
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The Devil We Know

Self - Lead Toxicologist, DuPont (archive footage)

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The Gambler

Ed

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Another Happy Day

Joe

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The Man Who Came Back

Judge Duke

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Sands of Oblivion

John Tevis

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Don't Come Knocking

Director

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Three Bad Men

Ed Fiske

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Truce

Dr. Peter Gannon

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Cary Grant: A Class Apart

Himself - Interviewee

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View from the Top

Passenger Requesting Vodka (uncredited)

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Monster Makers

Dexter Brisbane

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Ministry of Vengeance

Rev. Hughes

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Small Soldiers

Brick Bazooka (voice)

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Dennis the Menace Strikes Again!

Grandpa

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Cats Don't Dance

L.B. Mammoth (voice)

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Delta Force

Father O'Malley

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Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult

Captain Ed Hocken

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WWF SummerSlam 1994

Himself

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Magic Kids 2

Surfer #3

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Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story

Father Dave

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Distant Justice

Tom Bradfield

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The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

Captain Ed Hocken

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Hangfire

Warden E. Barles

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Intensive Care

Dr. Bruckner

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Driving Me Crazy

John McCready

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Brain Dead

Vance

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Good Cops, Bad Cops

Kirkland

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Hired to Kill

Thomas

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The Terror Within

Hal

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Esmeralda Bay

Wilson

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The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!

Capt. Ed Hocken

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Uninvited

Mike Harvey

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Counterforce

Vince Colby

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Nightmare at Noon

Sheriff Hanks

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Demonwarp

Bill Crafton

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Top Line

Heinrich Holzmann

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The Gambler: The Legend Continues

Gen. Nelson Miles

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The Gunfighters

Deke Turner

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Creepshow 2

Ray Spruce (segment "Old Chief Wood'nhead")

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The Delta Force

Father O'Malley

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Savage Dawn

Tick Rand

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Radioactive Dreams

Spade Chandler

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Bolero

Cotton

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The Jesse Owens Story

Charles 'Charley' Riley

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Wacko

Mr. Doctor Graves

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The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire

Brakus

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Modern Romance

Himself and Zeron

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Just Before Dawn

Roy McLean

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Virus

Adm. Conway

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Death Ship

Captain Ashland

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The Concorde ... Airport '79

Capt. Joe Patroni

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The Double McGuffin

Chief Talasek (Tally)

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Backstairs at the White House

President Warren G. Harding (3 episodes, 1979)

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Death on the Nile

Andrew Pennington

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Mean Dog Blues

Captain Omar Kinsman

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Brass Target

Gen. George S. Patton

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Airport '77

Joe Patroni

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Ningen no shômei

Ken Shuftan

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The Eiger Sanction

Ben Bowman

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Ein Mann Rechnet Ab

John Kinsdale

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Best of Match Game DVD Collection

Himself (2 episodes, 1976-1977)

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Airport 1975

Joe Patroni

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Earthquake

Slade

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Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

Red Leary

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A Cry in the Wilderness

Sam Hadley

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Cahill U.S. Marshal

Abe Fraser

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Lost Horizon

Sam Cornelius

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Hot Lead

'Bear' Suchette (archive footage)

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Fools' Parade

'Doc' Council

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Airport

Patroni

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Dirty Dingus Magee

Herkimer 'Hoke' Birdsill

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...tick...tick...tick...

John Little

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The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

McKay

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Guns of the Magnificent Seven

Chris

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Große Lüge Lylah Clare

Matt Burke (uncredited)

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The Boston Strangler

Phil DiNatale

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The Pink Jungle

Sammy Ryderbeit

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Bandolero!

Sheriff July Johnson

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Cool Hand Luke

Dragline

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The Dirty Dozen

Major Max Armbruster

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The Ballad Of Josie

Arch Ogden

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Hurry Sundow

Sheriff Coombs

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The Flight of the Phoenix

Bellamy

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The Sons of Katie Elder

Curley

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Shenandoah

Oberst Fairchild

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Mirage

Willard

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In Harm's Way

Colonel Gregory

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Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Foreman

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See How They Run

Rudy

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Strait-Jacket

Leo Krause

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

Aleut Captain

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McHale's Navy

Henri Le Clerc

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Charade

Herman Scobie

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The Man From the Diner's Club

George

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Lonely are the Brave

Deputy Sheriff Gutierrez

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The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come

Nathan Dillon

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Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show)

MP (2 episodes, 1956-1959)

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