Arthur Kennedy

Arthur Kennedy

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Man From Laramie (1955)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Joy in the Morning (1965)
  • Birthday: Feb 17, 1914
  • Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
  • American actor Arthur Kennedy was usually cast in western or contemporary roles in his films; on stage, it was another matter. A graduate of the Carnegie-Mellon drama department, Kennedy's first professional work was with the Globe Theatre Company touring the midwest in abbreviated versions of Shakespearian plays. From here he moved into the American company of British stage star Maurice Evans, who cast Kennedy in his Broadway production of Richard III. Kennedy continued doing Shakespeare for Evans and agit-prop social dramas for the Federal Theatre, but when time came for his first film, City for Conquest (1940), he found himself in the very ordinary role of James Cagney's musician brother. Throughout his first Warner Bros. contract, Kennedy showed promise as a young character lead, but films like Bad Men of Missouri (1941), They Died with Their Boots On (1942) and Air Force (1943) did little to tap the actor's classical training. After World War II service, Kennedy returned to Broadway, creating the role of Chris Keller in Arthur Miller's All My Sons (1947). This led to an even more prestigious Miller play, the Pulitzer Prize winning Death of a Salesman (1948), in which Kennedy played Biff. Sadly, Kennedy was not permitted to repeat these plum roles in the film versions of these plays, but the close association with Miller continued on stage; Kennedy would play John Proctor in The Crucible (1957) and the doctor brother in The Price (1965). While his film work during this era resulted in several Academy Award nominations, Kennedy never won; he was honored, however, with the New York Film Critics award for his on-target portrayal of a newly blinded war veteran battling not only his handicap but also his inbred racism in Bright Victory (1951). The biggest box office success with which Kennedy was associated was Lawrence of Arabia (1962), wherein he replaced the ailing Edmund O'Brien in the role of the Lowell Thomas character. Working continually in film and TV projects of wildly varying quality, Kennedy quit the business cold in the mid-1980s, retiring to live with family members in a small eastern town. Kennedy was so far out of the Hollywood mainstream in the years before his death that, when plans were made to restore the fading Lawrence of Arabia prints and Kennedy was needed to re-record his dialogue, the restorers were unable to locate the actor through Screen Actor's Guild channels -- and finally had to trace him through his hometown telephone directory.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Home Is The Hero Actor 2012
No Score Yet Signs Of Life Owen 1989
No Score Yet Assault with a Deadly Weapon Director 1982
No Score Yet L'Umanoide Kraspin 1979
No Score Yet Rome Armed to the Teeth (Roma a mano armata ) Actor 1978
47% The Sentinel Franchino 1977
No Score Yet Cyclone (Terror Storm) (Tornado) Actor 1977
No Score Yet Emanuelle on Taboo Island Father 1976
No Score Yet Emmanuelle on Taboo Island Actor 1976
No Score Yet La polizia ha le mani legate (Killer Cop) (Portrait of a 60% Perfect Man) (The Police Can't Move) Actor 1975
82% Non si deve profanare il sonno dei morti (Let Sleeping Corpses Lie) (Don't Open the Window) Inspector McCormick 1974
No Score Yet The Antichrist Bishop Ascanio Oderisi 1974
No Score Yet Ricco the Mean Machine Don Avito 1973
No Score Yet Crawlspace Albert Graves 1972
No Score Yet The President's Plane Is Missing Gunther Damon 1972
No Score Yet My Old Man's Place Walter Pell 1971
No Score Yet Caine (Man Eater)(Shark) Doc 1970
No Score Yet Hail, Hero! Albert Dixon 1969
67% Anzio (Lo sbarco di Anzio) Major General Jack Lesley 1968
No Score Yet A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die Colby 1968
No Score Yet Day of the Evil Gun Owen Forbes 1968
No Score Yet La Chica del Lunes Peter Richardson 1967
94% Fantastic Voyage Dr. Duval 1966
50% Nevada Smith Bill Bowdre 1966
0% Joy in the Morning Patrick Brown 1965
No Score Yet Italiani brava gente (Attack and Retreat) Ferro Maria Ferri 1965
62% Cheyenne Autumn Doc Holliday 1964
98% Lawrence of Arabia Jackson Bentley 1962
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man Dr. Adams 1962
No Score Yet Hemingway's Adventures Of A Young Man Actor 1962
89% Barabbas Pontius Pilate 1961
83% Murder She Said Quimper 1961
93% Elmer Gantry Jim Lefferts 1960
83% A Summer Place Bart Hunter 1959
82% Some Came Running Frank Hirsh 1959
63% Peyton Place Lucas Cross 1957
No Score Yet The Rawhide Years Rick Harper 1956
No Score Yet Trial Bernard 'Barney' Castle 1955
100% The Man From Laramie Vic Hansbro 1955
No Score Yet Crashout Joe Quinn 1955
83% The Desperate Hours Jesse Bard 1955
No Score Yet The Naked Dawn Santiago 1955
No Score Yet Impulse Alan Curtis 1955
100% The Lusty Men Wes Merritt 1952
100% Rancho Notorious Vern Haskell 1952
100% Bend of the River Emerson Cole 1952
No Score Yet Red Mountain Lane Waldron 1951
No Score Yet Bright Victory Larry Nevins 1951
No Score Yet The Glass Menagerie Tom Wingfield 1950
No Score Yet Chicago Deadline Tommy Ditman 1949
No Score Yet Too Late for Tears Alan Palmer 1949
100% The Window Mr. Ed Woodry 1949
93% Champion Connie Kelly 1949
No Score Yet Wyoming Kid Sundance Kid 1947
76% Boomerang! John Waldron 1947
No Score Yet Devotion Branwell BrontÙ 1946
80% Air Force Bombardier 1943
67% Desperate Journey Flying Officer Jed Forrest 1942
No Score Yet Knockout Johnny Rocket, aka Kid Williams 1941
95% High Sierra Red Hattery 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On Ned Sharp 1941
No Score Yet Knockout Johnny Rocket 1941
80% City for Conquest Eddie Kenny 1940

QUOTES FROM Arthur Kennedy CHARACTERS

Jackson Bentley
You rotten bloody man, Here let me take your rotten bloody picture for the rotten bloody paper.
Jackson Bentley
You rotten bloody man. Here let me take your rotten bloody picture for the rotten bloody paper.
Jackson Bentley
What is it, Major Lawrence that attracts you personally to the desert?
T.E. Lawrence
It's clean.