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George Kennedy

George Kennedy

Born into a show business family, George Kennedy made his stage debut at the age of two in a touring company of Bringing up Father. By the time he was seven, he was spinning records on a New York radio station. Kennedy' showbusiness inclinations were put aside when he developed a taste for the rigors of military life during World War II, and he wound up spending 16 years in the army. His military career ended and his acting career began when a back injury in the late 1950s inspired him to seek out another line of work. Appropriately enough, given his background, Kennedy first made his name with a role as a military advisor on the Sergeant Bilko TV series. In films from 1961, the burly, 6'4" actor usually played heavies, both figuratively and literally; quite often, as in Charade (1963) and Straitjacket (1964), his unsavory screen characters were bumped off sometime during the fourth reel. One of his friendlier roles was as a compassionate Union officer in Shenandoah (1965), an assignment he was to treasure because it gave him a chance to work with the one of his idols, Jimmy Stewart. Kennedy moved up to the big leagues with his Academy Award win for his portrayal of Dragline in Cool Hand Luke (1967). An above-the-title star from then on, Kennedy has been associated with many a box-office hit, notably all four Airport films. Unlike many major actors, he has displayed a willingness to spoof his established screen image, as demonstrated by his portrayal of Ed Hocken in the popular Naked Gun series. On TV, Kennedy has starred in the weekly series Sarge (1971) and The Blue Knight (1978), and was seen as President Warren G. Harding in the 1979 miniseries Backstairs at the White House. During the mid '90s, he became known as a persuasive commercial spokesman in a series of breath-freshener advertisements. In 1997, he provided the voice for L.B. Mammoth in the animated musical Cats Don't Dance, and the following year again displayed his vocal talents as one of the titular toys-gone-bad in Small Soldiers. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


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George Kennedy Trivia

When was George Kennedy born?
George Kennedy date of birth: February 18, 1925

Who did George Kennedy portray in The Terror Within?
George Kennedy was Hal in The Terror Within

What role did George Kennedy portray in The Human Factor?
George Kennedy played John Kinsdale in The Human Factor

What role did George Kennedy play in Guns of the Magnificent Seven?
George Kennedy played Chris in Guns of the Magnificent Seven

Who did George Kennedy portray in The Good Guys and the Bad Guys?
George Kennedy was McKay in The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

What role did George Kennedy play in The Naked Gun?
George Kennedy played Capt. Ed Hocken in The Naked Gun

Who did George Kennedy play in The Eiger Sanction?
George Kennedy was Ben Bowman in The Eiger Sanction

Who did George Kennedy play in The Double McGuffin?
George Kennedy was Chief Talasek in The Double McGuffin

Who did George Kennedy portray in Creepshow 2?
George Kennedy was Ray Spruce in Creepshow 2

Who did George Kennedy portray in Cool Hand Luke?
George Kennedy was Dragline in Cool Hand Luke

What role did George Kennedy portray in Bolero?
George Kennedy played Cotton in Bolero

Who did George Kennedy play in Airport 1975?
George Kennedy was Joseph Patroni in Airport 1975

What role did George Kennedy portray in The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult?
George Kennedy played Ed Hocken in The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult

Who did George Kennedy portray in Good Cops, Bad Cops?
George Kennedy was Kirkland in Good Cops, Bad Cops

Who did George Kennedy play in The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear?
George Kennedy was Ed Hocken in The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear

Who did George Kennedy portray in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot?
George Kennedy was Red Leary in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot

What role did George Kennedy play in Nightmare at Noon?
George Kennedy played Sheriff Hanks in Nightmare at Noon

Who did George Kennedy play in Earthquake?
George Kennedy was Patrolman Slade in Earthquake

What role did George Kennedy play in Cahill: United States Marshal?
George Kennedy played Fraser in Cahill: United States Marshal

What role did George Kennedy portray in The Boston Strangler?
George Kennedy played Phil Di Natale in The Boston Strangler

Who did George Kennedy portray in Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story?
George Kennedy was Father Dave in Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story

What role did George Kennedy play in Bandolero!?
George Kennedy played Sheriff Johnson in Bandolero!

What role did George Kennedy play in Ministry of Vengeance?
George Kennedy played Rev. Hughes in Ministry of Vengeance

Who did George Kennedy portray in Airport?
George Kennedy was Patroni in Airport

What role did George Kennedy portray in Monster Makers?
George Kennedy played Dexter Brisbane in Monster Makers

Who did George Kennedy play in Strait-Jacket?
George Kennedy was Leo Krause in Strait-Jacket

Who did George Kennedy play in Modern Romance?
George Kennedy was Himself/Zeron in Modern Romance

Who did George Kennedy portray in The Dirty Dozen?
George Kennedy was Maj. Max Armbruster in The Dirty Dozen

Who did George Kennedy play in Death on the Nile?
George Kennedy was Andrew Pennington in Death on the Nile

What role did George Kennedy portray in Charade?
George Kennedy played Herman Scobie in Charade

What role did George Kennedy play in Brain Dead?
George Kennedy played Vance in Brain Dead

What role did George Kennedy portray in Virus?
George Kennedy played Adm. Conway in Virus

Who did George Kennedy portray in The Delta Force?
George Kennedy was Father O'Malley in The Delta Force

Who did George Kennedy portray in Don't Come Knocking?
George Kennedy was Director in Don't Come Knocking

Who did George Kennedy play in The Sons of Katie Elder?
George Kennedy was Curley in The Sons of Katie Elder

Who did George Kennedy play in The Flight of the Phoenix?
George Kennedy was Bellamy in The Flight of the Phoenix

Who did George Kennedy play in Airport '77?
George Kennedy was Joe Patroni in Airport '77

Who did George Kennedy portray in Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte?
George Kennedy was Foreman in Hush ... Hush, Sweet Charlotte

What role did George Kennedy play in Backstairs at the White House?
George Kennedy played Warren G. Harding in Backstairs at the White House

Who did George Kennedy portray in Shenandoah?
George Kennedy was Col. Fairchild in Shenandoah

Who did George Kennedy portray in Small Soldiers?
George Kennedy was Brick Bazooka in Small Soldiers

Who did George Kennedy portray in In Harm's Way?
George Kennedy was Col. Gregory in In Harm's Way

Who did George Kennedy portray in View from the Top?
George Kennedy was Himself in View from the Top

Who did George Kennedy play in Dennis the Menace Strikes Again?
George Kennedy was Dennis' Grandfather in Dennis the Menace Strikes Again

Who did George Kennedy portray in Cats Don't Dance?
George Kennedy was L.B. Mammoth in Cats Don't Dance

Who did George Kennedy portray in A Cry in the Wilderness?
George Kennedy was Sam Hadley in A Cry in the Wilderness

Who did George Kennedy portray in Magic Kid?
George Kennedy was Surfer #3 in Magic Kid

Who did George Kennedy play in Just Before Dawn?
George Kennedy was Roy McLean in Just Before Dawn

Who did George Kennedy portray in The Jesse Owens Story?
George Kennedy was Charley Riley in The Jesse Owens Story

Who did George Kennedy play in Hired to Kill?
George Kennedy was Thomas in Hired to Kill


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