George Kennedy

Place of birth:
New York City, New York, USA:
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.


The Gambler (2014)
as Ed
Another Happy Day (2011)
as Joe Baker
The Man Who Came Back (2008)
as Judge Duke
The Boneyard Collection (2008)
as Professor Zebediah Jones (segment "The Devil's Due at Midnight")
Sands of Oblivion (2007)
as John Tevis
Armed and Deadly: The Making of 'The Dirty Dozen' (2006)
as Himself
Don't Come Knocking (2005)
as Director
Truce (2005)
as Dr. Peter Gannon
Three Bad Men (2005)
as Ed Fiske
Monster Makers (2003)
as Dexter Brisbane
View from the Top (2003)
as Passenger Requesting Vodka (uncredited)
Men in White (1998)
as General Vice
Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! (1998)
as Mr. Johnson
Small Soldiers (1998)
as Brick Bazooka
Dallas - War of The Ewings (1998)
as Carter McKay
Cats Don't Dance (1997)
as L.B. Mammoth (voice)
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)
as Ed Hocken
Distant Justice (1992)
as Tom Bradfield
Intensive Care (1991)
as Dr. Bruckner
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)
as Captain Ed Hocken
Driving Me Crazy (1991)
as John McCready
Hangfire (1991)
The Cops Are Robbers (1990)
Hired to Kill (1990)
as Thomas
마유미 (1990)
as Bahraini Investigator
Brain Dead (1990)
as Vance
Ministry of Vengeance (1989)
as Rev. Hughes
La bahía esmeralda (1989)
as Wilson
The Terror Within (1989)
as Hal
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
as Capt. Ed Hocken
Nightmare at Noon (1988)
as Sherrif Hanks
Uninvited (1988)
as Mike Harvey
Top Line (1988)
as Heinrich Holzmann
Private Road: No Trespassing (1988)
as Sam Milshaw
Demonwarp (1988)
as Bill Crafton
Escuadrón (1988)
Born to Race (1988)
as Vincent Duplain
What Price Victory (1988)
as Big Buck Brayton
Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues (1987)
as General Nelson Miles
Creepshow 2 (1987)
as Ray Spruce
The Gunfighters (1987)
as Deke Turner
Radioactive Dreams (1986)
as Spade Chandler
Rigged (1986)
as Ben
The Delta Force (1986)
as Father O'Malley
International Airport (1985)
as Rudy Van Leuven
Half Nelson (1985)
Savage Dawn (1985)
as Tick Rand
Rare Breed (1984)
Bolero (1984)
as Cotton
The Jesse Owens Story (1984)
as Charles 'Charley' Riley
Chattanooga Choo Choo (1984)
as Bert
The Jupiter Menace (1982)
as Himself
Wacko (1982)
as Mr. Doctor Graves
Just Before Dawn (1981)
as Roy McLean
The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (1981)
as Brakus
Modern Romance (1981)
as Himself and Zeron
Hotwire (1980)
as Farley & Harley Fontenot
復活の日 (1980)
as Admiral Conway
Death Ship (1980)
as Captain Ashland
Steel (1979)
as Big Lew Cassidy
The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979)
as Capt. Joe Patroni
Search and Destroy (1979)
as Anthony Fusqua
The Double McGuffin (1979)
as Chief Talasek
Brass Target (1978)
as Gen. George S. Patton
Death on the Nile (1978)
as Andrew Pennington
Mean Dog Blues (1978)
as Captain Omar Kinsman
Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette (1978)
as himself
人間の証明 (1977)
as Ken Shuftan
Airport '77 (1977)
as Joe Patroni
The Eiger Sanction (1975)
as Ben Bowman
The Lion Roars Again (1975)
as Himself
The 'Human' Factor (1975)
as John Kinsdale
Earthquake (1974)
as Sgt. Lew Slade
Airport 1975 (1974)
as Joe Patroni
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
as Red Leary
A Cry in the Wilderness (1974)
as Sam Hadley
Sonic Boom (1974)
as Ben Dover
Deliver Us from Evil (1973)
as Walter 'Cowboy' McAdams
Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973)
as Fraser
Lost Horizon (1973)
as Sam Cornelius
A Great American Tragedy (1972)
as Brad Wilkes
The Bull Of The West (1972)
as 'Bear' Suchette
Fools' Parade (1971)
as Dallas 'Doc' Council
Dirty Dingus Magee (1970)
as Herkimer 'Hoke' Birdsill
Zig Zag (1970)
as Paul R. Cameron
Airport (1970)
as Joe Patroni
… tick… tick… tick… (1970)
as John Little
Gaily, Gaily (1969)
as Johanson
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)
as McKay
Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
as Chris
The Pink Jungle (1968)
as Sammy Ryderbeit
The Boston Strangler (1968)
as Det. Phil DiNatale
The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968)
as Matt Burke (uncredited)
Bandolero! (1968)
as Sheriff July Johnson
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
as Dragline
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
as Major Max Armbruster
Hurry Sundown (1967)
as Sheriff Coombs
The Ballad of Josie (1967)
as Arch Ogden
The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
as Bellamy
Mirage (1965)
as Willard
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
as Curley
Shenandoah (1965)
as Col. Fairchild
In Harm's Way (1965)
as Colonel Gregory
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
as Foreman
See How They Run (1964)
as Rudy
Island of the Blue Dolphins (1964)
as Aleut Captain
McHale's Navy (1964)
Strait-Jacket (1964)
as Leo Krause
Charade (1963)
as Herman Scobie
The Man from the Diners' Club (1963)
as George
Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
as Deputy Sheriff Gutierrez
Gunfight at Black Horses Canyon (1961)
as Hawk
The Little Shepherd Of Kingdom Come (1961)
as Nathan Dillon
Spartacus (1960)
as Rebel Soldier (uncredited) © 2020

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