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George Kennedy (1925-2016)

George Kennedy - (February 18, 1925 to February 28, 2016)


George Kennedy, a versatile actor known for his commanding presence in numerous films and television shows, passed away on February 28, 2016, at the age of 91. Born on February 18, 1925, in New York City, Kennedy's robust performances in movies such as "Cool Hand Luke," for which he won an Academy Award, and the "Airport" film series, established him as a reliable character actor capable of both drama and comedy. His death in Middleton, Idaho, marked the loss of a talented and much-respected figure in Hollywood.

➱ George Kennedy on Acting

"I always try to find the humanity in the characters I play, whether they're good guys or bad guys." George Kennedy's approach to acting emphasized relatability and depth, which allowed him to craft memorable, multi-dimensional characters. His ability to transcend typical character actor limitations and deliver performances that resonated with audiences was a hallmark of his long career.

➱ Co-Stars and Colleagues Remembrances

Kennedy was well-regarded by his peers for his professionalism and kindness on set. His "Cool Hand Luke" co-star, Paul Newman, once said, "George brought a sense of authenticity and integrity to every role he played, which made him not only a great scene partner but also a cherished friend." His impact on fellow actors was profound, as he often served as a mentor to younger talents.

➱ Legacy Beyond the Screen

Aside from his acting career, Kennedy's influence extended to his work in voice-over and his occasional roles in television, where he brought the same level of gravitas and depth. His autobiography, "Trust Me," provides insights into his life and the challenges of Hollywood, offering a candid look at his experiences both in front of and behind the camera.

See Kennedy's Biography.



An interesting trivia about George Kennedy is that before his acting career took off, he served with distinction in the United States Army during World War II and later worked in the Armed Forces radio. His military service helped develop his discipline and dedication, traits that he would later apply to his acting career, earning him the respect and admiration of both audiences and peers.


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