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George Kennedy, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Kennedy in COOL HAND LUKE.

George Kennedy: Best Supporting Actor 1967: MovieActors.com

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COOL HAND LUKE (Drama – PG)

George Kennedy won his Supporting Oscar for playing the convict who battles and later befriends Paul Newman in COOL HAND LUKE.










About George Kennedy (1925 – )

George Kennedy was born on February 18th, 1925, to parents heavily involved in the arts. His father, George Harris Kennedy, was an orchestra conductor and musician. His mother, Helen Kieselbach was a ballet dancer.

George Kennedy is an American character actor who specializes in playing beefy, cigar-chomping problem solvers. George Kennedy didn't start acting until after a 16 year career in the army, which started when he enlisted during the second world war.

George Kennedy made his film debut in the 1961 film The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, from then on Kennedy would work consistantly, although some say that his best work was done in the 1960's and early 70's.

Career highlights include Charade (1963), Airport ( 1970), The Dirty Dozen (1967). In the 1990's George Kennedy played Leslie Nielsen's partner, Captain Ed Hocken, in the Naked Gun movies.

George Kennedy's notable movie credits include...

LONELY ARE THE BRAVE (1962)
CHARADE (1963)
MIRAGE (1965)
SHENANDOAH (1965)
THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX (1965)
HURRY SUNDOWN (1967)
THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967)
BANDOLERO (1968)
THE BOSTON STRANGLER (1968)
THE PINK JUNGLE (1968)
AIRPORT (1970)
TICK, TICK, TICK (1970)
LOST HORIZON (1973)
CAHILL U.S. MARSHAL (1973)
AIRPORT 1975 (1975)
THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT (1975)
EARTHQUAKE (1974)
THE EIGER SANCTION (1975)
AIRPORT '77 (1977)
THE CONCORDE-AIRPORT 79 (1979)
DEATH ON THE NILE (1978)
BOLERO (1984)
THE DELTA FORCE (1986)
RADIOACTIVE DREAMS (1985)
CREEPSHOW 2 (1987)
THE NAKED GUN (1988)
THE TERROR WITHIN (1989)
THE NAKED GUN 2 1/2: THE SMELL OF FEAR (1991)
THE NAKED GUN 3: THE FINAL INSULT (1994)
BAYOU GHOST (1997)
CATS DON'T DANCE (1997)
SMALL SOLDIERS (1998)
DENNIS THE MENACE STRIKES AGAIN (1998)
VIEW FROM THE TOP (2003)
THE DEVIL'S DUE AT MIDNIGHT (2004)
THREE BAD MEN (2005)
TRUCE (2005)
DON'T COME KNOCKING (2005)

George Kennedy's television credits include...

SARGE (series)
THE BLUE KNIGHT (series)
LIBERTY
WHAT PRICE VICTORY?
GOOD COPS BAD COPS
FINAL SHOT: THE HANK GATHERS STORY
SANTO BUGITO (TV Series)
DALLAS: J.R. RETURNS
DALLAS: WAR OF THE EWINGS
MEN IN WHITE

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George Kennedy in DEATH ON THE NILE.

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Kennedy with his co-stars in THE NAKED GUN 2½.

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George Kennedy in THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967).

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George Kennedy in THE BOSTON STRANGLER (1968).

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George Kennedy in DELTA FORCE (1986).

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George Kennedy in AIRPORT (1970).

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George Kennedyin COOL HAND LUKE (1967).