George Kennedy

Highest Rated: 100% Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Lowest Rated: 0% Bolero (1984)
Birthday: Feb 18, 1925
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Born into a show business family, George Kennedy made his stage debut at the age of two in a touring company of Bringing up Father. By the time he was seven, he was spinning records on a New York radio station. Kennedy' showbusiness inclinations were put aside when he developed a taste for the rigors of military life during World War II, and he wound up spending 16 years in the army. His military career ended and his acting career began when a back injury in the late 1950s inspired him to seek out another line of work.Appropriately enough, given his background, Kennedy first made his name with a role as a military advisor on the Sergeant Bilko TV series. In films from 1961, the burly, 6'4" actor usually played heavies, both figuratively and literally; quite often, as in Charade (1963) and Straitjacket (1964), his unsavory screen characters were bumped off sometime during the fourth reel. One of his friendlier roles was as a compassionate Union officer in Shenandoah (1965), an assignment he was to treasure because it gave him a chance to work with the one of his idols, Jimmy Stewart.Kennedy moved up to the big leagues with his Academy Award win for his portrayal of Dragline in Cool Hand Luke (1967). An above-the-title star from then on, Kennedy has been associated with many a box-office hit, notably all four Airport films. Unlike many major actors, he has displayed a willingness to spoof his established screen image, as demonstrated by his portrayal of Ed Hocken in the popular Naked Gun series. On TV, Kennedy has starred in the weekly series Sarge (1971) and The Blue Knight (1978), and was seen as President Warren G. Harding in the 1979 miniseries Backstairs at the White House. During the mid '90s, he became known as a persuasive commercial spokesman in a series of breath-freshener advertisements. In 1997, he provided the voice for L.B. Mammoth in the animated musical Cats Don't Dance, and the following year again displayed his vocal talents as one of the titular toys-gone-bad in Small Soldiers. Kennedy continued to steadily work through the next two decades; his final role was in The Gambler in 2014. He died in 2016, at age 91.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
44% The Gambler Ed $18.9M 2014
44% Another Happy Day Joe $9K 2011
No Score Yet Mad Mad Wagon Party Actor 2010
No Score Yet Six Days In Paradise Actor 2010
No Score Yet The Man Who Came Back Judge Duke 2008
No Score Yet Sands of Oblivion John Tevis 2007
43% Don't Come Knocking Director $0.4M 2006
No Score Yet The Boneyard Collection Actor 2006
No Score Yet American Soldiers: A Complete History of U.S. Wars Actor 2004
14% View from the Top Himself $15.6M 2003
No Score Yet Wacko Mr. Doctor Graves 2003
No Score Yet Monster Makers Dexter 2003
No Score Yet Men in White (National Lampoon's Men in White) Army Chief 1998
48% Small Soldiers Brick Bazooka 1998
No Score Yet Dallas: War of the Ewings Carter McKay 1998
No Score Yet Dennis the Menace Strikes Again Grandpa Johnson 1997
74% Cats Don't Dance Mr. L.B Mammoth 1997
No Score Yet Dallas: J.R. Returns Carter McKay 1996
No Score Yet Justice Est Faite (Justice Is Done) Tom 1995
54% The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Ed Hocken 1994
No Score Yet Magic Kid (Ninja Dragon) Surfer #3 1993
No Score Yet Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story Father Dave 1992
No Score Yet Distant Justice Actor 1992
No Score Yet Driving Me Crazy John McCready 1991
No Score Yet Hangfire Warden 1991
No Score Yet Hired to Kill Thomas 1990
No Score Yet Good Cops, Bad Cops Kirkland 1990
No Score Yet Ministry of Vengeance Rev. Hughes 1989
17% Brain Dead Vance 1989
87% The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Capt. Ed Hocken 1988
No Score Yet Demonwarp Bill Crafton 1988
No Score Yet Born to Race Duplain 1988
No Score Yet Natural Disasters & Man-Made Catastrophes Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Uninvited Mike Harvey 1988
No Score Yet Top Line Actor 1988
No Score Yet Nightmare at Noon Sheriff Hanks 1987
33% Creepshow 2 Ray Spruce 1987
No Score Yet Counterforce Vince Colby 1987
No Score Yet Private Road: No Trespassing Milshaw 1987
No Score Yet Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues Gen. Nelson Miles 1987
No Score Yet Radioactive Dreams Spade Chandler 1986
18% The Delta Force Father O'Malley 1986
No Score Yet Savage Dawn Tick Rand 1985
No Score Yet Disasters: Anatomy of Destruction Host 1985
0% Bolero Cotton 1984
No Score Yet The Jesse Owens Story Charles 'Charley' Riley 1984
No Score Yet Proof of the Man Ken Shuftan 1984
No Score Yet Chattanooga Choo Choo Bert 1984
No Score Yet The Jupiter Menace Actor 1982
No Score Yet Just Before Dawn Roy McLean 1981
No Score Yet The Archer Brakus 1981
81% Modern Romance Himself/Zeron 1981
No Score Yet Rare Breed Nathan Hill 1981
No Score Yet Fukkatsu no hi (Day of Resurrection) (The End) (Virus) Actor 1980
20% Death Ship Capt. Ashland 1980
No Score Yet Hotwire Farley & Harley Fontenot 1980
No Score Yet Steel Lew Cassidy 1980
33% The Human Factor John Kinsdale 1979
No Score Yet Search & Destroy Anthony Fusqua 1979
14% The Concorde... Airport '79 Patroni 1979
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Double McGuffin Chief Talasek 1979
No Score Yet Brass Target Gen. George S. Patton 1978
82% Death on the Nile Andrew Pennington 1978
No Score Yet Mean Dog Blues Capt. Omar Kinsman 1978
No Score Yet The Terror Within Hal 1977
43% Airport '77 Joe Patroni 1977
73% The Eiger Sanction Ben Bowman 1975
35% Earthquake Lew Slade 1974
29% Airport 1975 Joe Patroni 1974
87% Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Red 1974
No Score Yet A Cry in the Wilderness Sam Hadley 1974
No Score Yet Cahill U.S. Marshal Fraser 1973
No Score Yet Lost Horizon Sam Cornelius 1973
No Score Yet A Great American Tragedy Brad Wilkes 1972
No Score Yet Fools' Parade Doc Council 1971
No Score Yet Dirty Dingus Magee Hoke Birdsill 1970
80% Airport Joe Patroni 1970
No Score Yet Tick...Tick...Tick... John 1970
No Score Yet Zig Zag Actor 1970
20% Good Guys and the Bad Guys McKay 1969
No Score Yet Guns of the Magnificent Seven Chris 1969
60% Gaily, Gaily Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Legend of Lylah Clare Matt Burke in ANNA CHRISTIE, 1930 1968
86% The Boston Strangler Det. Phil DiNatale 1968
20% Bandolero Sheriff July Johnson 1968
No Score Yet The Pink Jungle Ryderbeit 1968
91% The Dirty Dozen Maj. Max Armbruster 1967
25% Hurry Sundown Sheriff Coombs 1967
No Score Yet The Ballad of Josie Arch 1967
100% Cool Hand Luke Dragline 1967
90% The Flight of the Phoenix Bellamy 1965
100% The Sons of Katie Elder Curley 1965
100% Shenandoah Col. Fairchild 1965
No Score Yet Mirage Willard 1965
40% In Harm's Way Col. Gregory 1965
81% Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte Foreman 1964
No Score Yet Island of the Blue Dolphins Aleut Captain 1964
No Score Yet McHale's Navy Henri Le Clerc 1964
88% Strait-Jacket Leo Krause 1964
95% Charade Herman Scobie 1963
No Score Yet The Man from the Diners' Club George 1963
92% Lonely are the Brave Guitierrez 1962
No Score Yet The Bull of the West 'Bear' Suchette 1962
No Score Yet Gunfight in Black Horse Canyon Actor 1961

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Wings
1990-1997
Himself
  • 1996
No Score Yet Dallas
1978-1991
McKay Carter McKay
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1981
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Cyrus Dodge City Blacksmith Bayloe Ben Hug Stark
  • 1966
  • 1964
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1960
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Waldo Watson Pete
  • 1964
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Detective
  • 1963
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Wales
  • 1962
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Deputy Jones
  • 1960

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