George Kennedy

Biography

George Harris Kennedy, Jr. was born on February 18, 1925 in New York City, to Helen A. (Kieselbach), a ballet dancer, and George Harris Kennedy, an orchestra leader and musician. Following high school graduation, Kennedy enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 with the hope to become a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps. Instead, he wound up in the infantry, served under General George S. Patton and distinguished himself with valor. He won two Bronze Stars and four rows of combat and service ribbons. 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 television and films, and was well respected within the Hollywood community. He started out on television 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 Seuls sont les indomptés (1962), Les quatre fils de Katie Elder (1965) and Le vol du Phénix (1965). The late 1960s was a very busy period for Kennedy, and he was strongly in favor with casting agents, appearing in Que vienne la nuit (1967), Les douze salopards (1967) and scoring an Oscar win as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Luke la main froide (1967). The disaster film boom of the 1970s was also kind to Kennedy and his talents were in demand for Airport (1970) and the three subsequent sequels, as a grizzled police officer in Tremblement de terre (1974), plus the buddy/road film Le canardeur (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 Y a-t-il un flic pour sauver la reine? (1988), and the two screen veterans exaggerate themselves again, in Y a-t-il un flic pour sauver le président? (1991) and Y a-t-il un flic pour sauver Hollywood? (1994). From 1988-1991, he also played Ewing family nemesis Carter McKay on the CBS prime-time soap opera Dallas (1978). Kennedy also played President Warren G. Harding in the miniseries Backstairs at the White House (1979) and had a long standing role on the CBS daytime soap opera Les feux de l'amour (1973). He remained busy in Hollywood and lent his distinctive voice to the animated Dany, le chat superstar (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 of natural causes in Middleton, Idaho on February 28, 2016, only ten days after his 91st birthday.

Filmography

Movie Name Vizyon Tarihi
Parmaklıklar Arasında — Cool Hand Luke 1 December 1967