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Arthur Kennedy

Highest Rated:   100% Barabbas (1961)
Lowest Rated:   57% Nevada Smith (1966)
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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
58% 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
79% 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
93% Fantastic Voyage
  • Dr. Duval
1966
57% Nevada Smith
  • Bill Bowdre
1966
No Score Yet Joy in the Morning
  • Patrick Brown
1965
No Score Yet Italiani brava gente (Attack and Retreat)
  • Ferro Maria Ferri
1965
70% 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
100% Barabbas
  • Pontius Pilate
1961
83% Murder She Said
  • Quimper
1961
96% Elmer Gantry
  • Jim Lefferts
1960
83% A Summer Place
  • Bart Hunter
1959
80% Some Came Running
  • Frank Hirsh
1959
60% Peyton Place
  • Lucas Cross
1957
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
No Score Yet The Window
  • Mr. Ed Woodry
1949
92% Champion
  • Connie Kelly
1949
No Score Yet Wyoming Kid
  • Sundance Kid
1947
73% Boomerang!
  • John Waldron
1947
No Score Yet Devotion
  • Branwell BrontÙ
1946
88% Air Force
  • Bombardier
1943
63% Desperate Journey
  • Flying Officer Jed Forrest
1942
No Score Yet Knockout
  • Johnny Rocket, aka Kid Williams
1941
94% 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

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