Burt Kennedy

Burt Kennedy

Highest Rated: 100% Comanche Station (1960)

Lowest Rated: 13% Return of the Seven (1966)

Birthday: Sep 3, 1922

Birthplace: Not Available

Born into a show business family, Burt Kennedy was but a tot when he joined his parents' vaudeville dancing troupe. After serving with distinction as a Naval Officer in World War II, Kennedy turned to writing for radio. His particular specialty was western shows, particularly westerns with a sturdy inner lining of comedy and satire. He curbed his comic tendencies in the 1950s when he became a principal scripter for the terse, rugged Budd Boetticher-directed Randolph Scott westerns. Graduating to directing himself with 1961's The Canadians, Kennedy spent several years in series television, again working primarily in westerns. He returned to theatrical features as writer/director of the 1964 Buddy Ebsen vehicle Mail Order Bride, then scored a box-office hit with his tongue-in-cheek rodeo saga The Rounders (1965). While auterists prefer the violent allegory of Kennedy's Welcome to Hard Times (1967), the director enjoyed more financial success with his comedy westerns Support Your Local Sheriff (1968) and Support Your Local Gunfighter (1970). As westerns gradually went out of fashion in Hollywood, Kennedy shifted his base of operations to television. While he still contributed to the big screen from time to time (as director of Suburban Commando and co-writer of Clint Eastwood's White Hunter, Black Heart, among other projects), Burt Kennedy has been most prolific in the last two decades on the small screen, directing such made-for-TVers as Shootout in a One Dog Town (1974), Sidekicks (1974), Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (1978), Down the Long Hills (1987),The Alamo: 13 Days of Glory (1987), Where the Hell's That Gold (1988), and both of the Wild Wild West "reunion" films of the early 1980s.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Mail Order Bride Director 2008
15% Suburban Commando Director 1991
No Score Yet Big Bad John Director 1990
86% White Hunter Black Heart Screenwriter 1990
No Score Yet Where the Hell's That Gold?!!? Producer 1988
No Score Yet Once upon a Texas Train Producer Screenwriter Director 1988
No Score Yet Dynamite and Gold Director Producer Screenwriter 1988
No Score Yet The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory Director 1987
No Score Yet Down the Long Hills Director 1986
No Score Yet The Trouble with Spies Screenwriter Producer Director 1984
No Score Yet More Wild Wild West Director 1980
No Score Yet The Concrete Cowboys Director 1979
No Score Yet The Wild, Wild West Revisited Director 1979
No Score Yet The Rhinemann Exchange Director 1977
40% The Killer Inside Me Director 1976
No Score Yet All the Kind Strangers Director 1974
No Score Yet Sidekicks Director 1974
33% The Train Robbers Screenwriter Director 1973
62% Support Your Local Gunfighter Producer Executive Producer Director 1971
No Score Yet Hannie Caulder Screenwriter Director 1971
No Score Yet Deserter Director 1971
No Score Yet Dirty Dingus Magee Producer Director 1970
20% Good Guys and the Bad Guys Director 1969
No Score Yet Young Billy Young Director Screenwriter 1969
71% Support Your Local Sheriff! Director 1969
No Score Yet Stay Away, Joe Screenwriter 1968
No Score Yet Welcome to Hard Times (Killer on a Horse) Director Screenwriter 1967
90% The War Wagon Director 1967
13% Return of the Seven Director 1966
No Score Yet The Money Trap Director 1966
No Score Yet The Rounders Screenwriter Director 1965
No Score Yet Mail Order Bride Director Screenwriter 1964
No Score Yet Six Black Horses Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet The Canadians Screenwriter Director 1961
100% Comanche Station Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet Yellowstone Kelly Screenwriter 1959
86% Ride Lonesome Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet Fort Dobbs Screenwriter 1958
100% The Tall T Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet Man in the Vault Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet Gun the Man Down Screenwriter 1956
100% Seven Men From Now Screenwriter 1956


No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
Director 1982


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