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Tom Kennedy

Highest Rated:   100% The Paleface (1948)
Lowest Rated:   0% American Anthem (1986)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
75% It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Traffic Cop
1963
96% 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 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 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 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 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
83% 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

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