George Kennedy

George Kennedy

  • Born on
    • February 18th, 1925
  • Died on
    • February 28th, 2016
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.

Starring George Kennedy on Plex


Acting (66 Credits)

2014The Gambler as Ed
2011Another Happy Day as Joe Baker
2008The Man Who Came Back as Judge Duke
2007Sands of Oblivion as John Tevis
2005Don't Come Knocking as Director
2003View from the Top as Passenger Requesting Vodka (uncredited)
1998Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! as Mr. Johnson
1998Dallas: War of the Ewings as Carter McKay
1998Men in White as General Vice
1998Small Soldiers as Brick Bazooka
1997Cats Don't Dance as L.B. Mammoth (voice)
1994Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult as Ed HockenWatch Free
1991The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear as Captain Ed HockenWatch Free
1991Driving Me Crazy as John McCready
1990Hired to Kill as Thomas
1990Brain Dead as Vance
1989The Terror Within as Hal
1988Demonwarp as Bill Crafton
1988Nightmare at Noon as Sherrif Hanks
1988The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! as Capt. Ed HockenWatch Free
1987Creepshow 2 as Ray Spruce
1987Uninvited as Mike HarveyWatch Free
1986The Delta Force as Father O'Malley
1985Radioactive Dreams as Spade Chandler
1984Bolero as Cotton
1982Wacko as Mr. Doctor Graves
1981Just Before Dawn as Roy McLean
1980Death Ship as Captain Ashland
1980Day of Resurrection as Admiral ConwayWatch Free
1979Steel as Big Lew Cassidy
1979The Concorde... Airport '79 as Joe Patroni
1978Brass Target as Gen. George S. Patton
1978Death on the Nile as Andrew Pennington
1978Dallas as Carter McKay
1977Airport '77 as Joe Patroni
1975The 'Human' Factor as John Kinsdale
1975The Eiger Sanction as Ben Bowman
1974Airport 1975 as Joe Patroni
1974Earthquake as Sgt. Lew Slade
1974Thunderbolt and Lightfoot as Red Leary
1973Cahill U.S. Marshal as Fraser
1973Lost Horizon as Sam Cornelius
1971Fools' Parade as Dallas 'Doc' Council
1970Dirty Dingus Magee as Herkimer 'Hoke' Birdsill
1970Tick, Tick, Tick as John Little
1970Airport as Joe Patroni
1969Guns of the Magnificent Seven as Chris
1969The Good Guys and the Bad Guys as McKay
1968Bandolero! as Sheriff July Johnson
1968The Boston Strangler as Det. Phil DiNatale
1968The Legend of Lylah Clare as Matt Burke (uncredited)
1967Cool Hand Luke as Dragline
1967The Ballad of Josie as Arch Ogden
1967The Dirty Dozen as Major Max Armbruster
1967Hurry Sundown as Sheriff Coombs
1965Mirage as Willard
1965The Sons of Katie Elder as Curley
1965The Flight of the Phoenix as Bellamy
1965Shenandoah as Col. Fairchild
1965In Harm's Way as Colonel Gregory
1964McHale's Navy
1964Strait-Jacket as Leo Krause
1964Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte as Foreman
1963Charade as Herman ScobieWatch Free
1962Lonely Are the Brave as Deputy Sheriff Gutierrez
1960Spartacus as Rebel Soldier (uncredited)

Himself (1 Credits)

1981Modern Romance as Himself and Zeron


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