Tom Kennedy

Highest Rated: 100% The Paleface (1948)
Lowest Rated: 0% American Anthem (1986)
Birthday: Jul 15, 1885
Birthplace: Not Available
American actor Tom Kennedy at first entertained no notions of becoming a performer. An honor student in college, Tom excelled as an athlete; he played football, wrestled, and won the national amateur heavyweight boxing title in 1908. Eschewing a job with the New York City police force for a boxing career, Kennedy didn't have anything to do with movies until he was hired as Douglas Fairbanks Sr.'s trainer in 1915. Shortly afterward, he was hired for small parts at the Keystone Studios and remained primarily a bit actor throughout the silent period. Graduating to supporting roles in talkies, he was often cast as a dumb cop or an easily confused gangster. In 1935, Kennedy achieved star billing by teaming with comedian Monty Collins in a series of 11 Columbia two-reelers. In most of these, notably the hilarious Free Rent (1936), Tom was cast as a lummox whose density caused no end of trouble to the sarcastic Collins. Outside of his short subject work, Tom's most memorable screen appearances occured in Warner Bros' Torchy Blaine B-pictures, in which he was cast as the cretinous, poetry-spouting detective Gahagan. Tom Kennedy stayed active in films into the early '60s, looking and sounding just about the same as he had in the '30s; his most conspicuous screen bits in his last years were in Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hot (1959) and Stanley Kramer's It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
0% American Anthem Competition Gymnast 1986
92% Witness Ticket Seller 1985
No Score Yet The Further Perils of Laurel and Hardy Actor 1968
No Score Yet The Bounty Killer Waiter 1965
73% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World Traffic Cop 1963
95% Some Like It Hot Bouncer 1959
No Score Yet Invasion U.S.A. Bartender 1952
100% The Paleface Bartender 1948
100% They Live by Night Cop-Bumper Gag 1948
No Score Yet The Pretender Fingers Murdock 1947
No Score Yet The Mighty McGurk Man at Punching Machine 1946
No Score Yet Voice of the Whistler Ferdinand 1945
No Score Yet The Spanish Main Capt. McLeon 1945
No Score Yet The Man Who Walked Alone Officer #1 1945
No Score Yet The Princess and the Pirate Alonzo 1944
No Score Yet Once upon a Time Truckman 1944
No Score Yet Rosie the Riveter Piano Mover 1944
No Score Yet Ladies' Day Dugan 1943
No Score Yet Change of Heart Westinghouse 1943
No Score Yet Stage Door Canteen Stage Door Canteen Star 1943
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Elephant Joe, Cafe Bartender 1942
No Score Yet Wildcat Fred the Bartender 1942
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire's Baby Sheriff 1941
No Score Yet Mexican Spitfire Out West Taxi Driver 1940
No Score Yet Flowing Gold Petunia 1940
No Score Yet Pop Always Pays Murphy 1940
No Score Yet An Angel From Texas Chopper 1940
100% Remember the Night Fat Mike 1940
No Score Yet Torchy Blane in Chinatown Gahagan 1939
No Score Yet The Day the Bookies Wept Pinky Brophy 1939
No Score Yet These Glamour Girls Bouncer 1939
No Score Yet Crashing Hollywood Al, The Hawk's Henchman 1938
No Score Yet Wise Girl Detective 1937
No Score Yet The Adventurous Blonde Detective Gahagan 1937
No Score Yet Living on Love Pete 1937
No Score Yet Marry the Girl Jasper 1937
No Score Yet Married Before Breakfast (Married by Noon) Mr. Baglipp 1937
No Score Yet Swing It, Sailor! Policeman 1937
No Score Yet Forty Naughty Girls Casey 1937
No Score Yet Poppy Hot Dog Vendor 1936
No Score Yet She Couldn't Take It (Woman Tamer) Slugs 1935
No Score Yet Down to Their Last Yacht Joe Schultz 1934
No Score Yet Hollywood Party Beavers the Doorman 1934
No Score Yet Strictly Dynamite Bodyguard 1934
No Score Yet Penthouse (Crooks in Clover) Gazotti's Butler 1933
95% 42nd Street Slim Murphy 1933
No Score Yet Blondie Johnson Hype 1933
90% She Done Him Wrong Big Billy 1933
No Score Yet Lawyer Man Jake, the Iceman 1933
No Score Yet Man of the Forest Sheriff Blake 1933
No Score Yet Madison Square Garden Judge (uncredited) 1932
No Score Yet Night After Night Tom 1932
No Score Yet Pack Up Your Troubles Recruiting Sergeant 1932
No Score Yet Skyscraper Souls Masseur 1932
No Score Yet Lady and Gent (The Challenger) Small Arena Fighter 1932
No Score Yet If I Had a Million Off./Joe, Carnival Tough 1932
94% Monkey Business Gibson 1931
No Score Yet It Pays to Advertise Perkins 1931
No Score Yet Iron Man Bartender 1931
No Score Yet The Fall Guy Detective 1930
86% The Big House Uncle Jed 1930
No Score Yet Big News Officer Ryan 1929
No Score Yet The Cohens and Kellys in Atlantic City Actor 1929
No Score Yet Liberty (Criminals at Large) Actor 1929
No Score Yet Marked Money Bill Clemons 1928
No Score Yet We're in the Navy Now Homicide Harrigan 1927
No Score Yet Mantrap Curly Evans 1926
No Score Yet Behind the Front Sergeant 1926
No Score Yet The Better Ole The Blacksmith 1926
No Score Yet Scaramouche A Dragoon 1923
No Score Yet Kismet Actor 1920

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
1963-1966
Mike
  • 1963
No Score Yet The Three Stooges
1934-1959
  • 1953

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