- George Kennedy
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New York, New York
academyawards = Best Supporting Actor 1967 "
Cool Hand Luke"
awards = Golden Boot Award 1990 Lifetime Archievement
George Harris Kennedy, Jr. (born
February 18, 1925) is an Academy Award-winning American actorwho has appeared in over 200 filmand televisionproductions. He is perhaps most familiar as Dragline in " Cool Hand Luke" and Joe Patroni in the "Airport" series of disaster movies from the 1970s.
Kennedy was born in
New Yorkinto a show businessfamily. His father, George Harris Kennedy, a musician and orchestra leader, died when Kennedy was four years old. [ [http://www.healthyhearing.com/library/interview_content.asp?interview_id=709 "Interview with George Kennedy Actor & Movie Star"] . Healthy Hearing.com. 21 March 2005.] He was raised by his mother, Helen A. (née Kieselbach), a ballet dancer. [http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~battle/celeb/kennedy.htm "George Kennedy genealogy"] . Rootsweb.com.] [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/44/George-Kennedy.html "George Kennedy Biography"] . Film Reference.com.] He made his stage debut at the age of two, later becoming a radio performer. Kennedy put aside show business during World War IIand spent sixteen years in the United States Army, seeing combat and working in the Armed Forces radio. He was involved with the opening of the first Army Information Office, [http://www.hollywood.com/celebrity/George_Kennedy/194466 "George Kennedy"] . Hollywood.com.] which provided technical assistance to films and TV shows. After retiring from the military (reportedly because of a back injury), Kennedy found his way back to the entertainment industry.
Kennedy became a technical advisor for the television series "Sergeant Bilko", where his acting career began with a few one-line parts. Kennedy began his film career in 1961 in "The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come". He then appeared in several successful films, including 1963's'
Charadeopposite Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Walter Matthau, and James Coburn, 1964's " Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte," opposite Bette Davis, and 1965's "In Harm's Way," opposite John Wayne. He also made numerous television appearances, on " The Andy Griffith Show", "Perry Mason", " Bonanza", " McHale's Navy", and " Gunsmoke". He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actorfor " Cool Hand Luke" (1967). He followed with films such as " The Dirty Dozen", " Bandolero!" and " The Boston Strangler." In 1970 he appeared in the Academy-Award-winning film " Airport," in which he played one of the film's lead characters, Joe Patroni. He reprised this role four years later in " Airport 1975" and again in two further sequels. In 1984, he starred opposite Bo Derekin the Hollywooddisaster "Bolero." Kennedy also appeared in the television series " The Love Boat" in 1984, playing the character Erik Larsen. He then appeared in several less successful films including " Savage Dawn," "The Delta Force," and " Creepshow 2" before appearing in the comedy hit "" in 1988, playing Captain Ed Hocken. The film had two sequels in which Kennedy co-starred.
On television, Kennedy played
Carter McKayin the CBS prime timeserial "Dallas" (1978-1991), appearing from 1988-1991. In the late 1990s, he promoted Breathasuretablets in television commercials with the quote "I never go anywhere without my Breathasure." Around this time he reprised his role as Cater McKay in the television films "Dallas: JR Returns" and "Dallas: War of the Ewings." In 1998, he voiced Brick Bazooka for the film "Small Soldiers." He then made several independent films before making a 2003 comeback to television in the soap opera" The Young and the Restless", playing the character Albert Miller. In 2005, he made a cameo appearance in the small film " Don't Come Knocking," where he played the director of an ill-fated Western.
Kennedy received a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Famefor his contributions to motion pictures, located at 6352 Hollywood Blvd.
Kennedy resides in
Eagle, Idaho. He is married to Joan McCarthy and has a daughter, Shaunna, who has struggled with substance abuse. The couple adopted their granddaughter, Taylor, after her mother's incarceration.
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