George Kennedy

George Kennedy

Highest Rated: 100% Shenandoah (1965)

Lowest Rated: 0% Bolero (1984)

Birthday: Feb 18, 1925

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

A versatile character actor for over five decades, Academy Award winner George Kennedy brought both gravity and boundless energy to a considerable list of memorable pictures ranging from "Cool Hand Luke" (1967) and "The Dirty Dozen" (1967) to the campy "Airport" pictures and the "Naked Gun" franchise. A near two-decade stint in the military preceded his acting pursuits, where he logged numerous appearances as heavies and rough-hewn types in pictures like "Charade" (1963) and "The Sons of Katie Elder" (1964). However, his turn as a tough Southern prisoner who becomes Paul Newman's disciple of sorts in "Cool Hand Luke" brought him both an Oscar and a career boost that included heroic turns in all four "Airport" films, "The Boston Strangler" (1968) and "The Eiger Sanction" (1975). Kennedy's career went into decline in the mid-1970s, though there were occasional flashes of offbeat brilliance; most notably the slapstick "Naked Gun" series. Kennedy's long and impressive body of work surpassed any career dips, and he remained one of Hollywood's most dependable and well-regarded talents. George Kennedy died at his home in Boise, Idaho on February 28, 2016. He was 91.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
43% 31% The Gambler Ed (Character) $33.7M 2014
46% 44% Another Happy Day Joe (Character) $9.1K 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Six Days in Paradise Monty Crenshaw (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 18% The Man Who Came Back Judge Duke (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 7% Sands of Oblivion John Tevis (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Bad Men Ed Fiske (Character) - 2005
43% 60% Don't Come Knocking Director (Character) $438.7K 2005
No Score Yet 57% Monster Makers Dexter Brisbane (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 62% Dallas: War of the Ewings Carter McKay (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 24% Dennis the Menace Strikes Again Grandpa (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 40% National Lampoon's Men in White General Vice (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bayou Ghost Officer Lowe (Character) - 1997
74% 80% Cats Don't Dance Unknown (Voice) $3.6M 1997
No Score Yet 71% Dallas: J.R. Returns Carter McKay (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Distant Justice Tom Bradfield (Character) - 1995
54% 53% Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Captain Ed Hocken (Character) $48.1M 1994
No Score Yet 99% Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story Father Dave (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 18% Driving Me Crazy John McCready (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 33% Hired to Kill Thomas (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 40% Hangfire Warden E. Barles (Character) - 1991
56% 65% The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear Det. Captain Ed Hocken (Character) $84.3M 1991
17% 69% Brain Dead Vance (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mayumi: Virgin Terrorist Unknown (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Counterforce Vince Colby (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Cops, Bad Cops Kirkland (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Esmeralda Bay Wilson (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 14% Ministry of Vengeance Rev. Hughes (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 21% The Terror Within Hal (Character) $119K 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet What Price Victory Big Buck Brayton (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Top Line Heinrich Holzmann (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 31% Demonwarp Bill Crafton (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 22% Nightmare at Noon Sheriff Hanks (Character) - 1988
88% 84% The Naked Gun Captain Ed Hocken (Character) $77.9M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Private Road Sam Milshaw (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Born to Race Vincent Duplain (Character) $19.5K 1988
No Score Yet 43% Uninvited Mike Harvey (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Gunfighters Deke Turner (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Disasters: Anatomy of Destruction Narrator - 1987
30% 40% Creepshow 2 Ray Spruce (Character) $12.3M 1987
18% 49% The Delta Force Father O'Malley (Character) $15.9M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Liberty Seamus Reilly (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 16% Savage Dawn Tick Rand (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 60% The Jesse Owens Story Charles `'Charley'` Riley (Character) - 1984
0% 17% Bolero Cotton (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 38% Chattanooga Choo Choo Bert (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jupiter Menace Narrator - 1982
81% 71% Modern Romance Himself and Zeron (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 41% Wacko Mr. Doctor Graves (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 27% The Archer Brakus (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 52% Just Before Dawn Roy McLean (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Rare Breed Nathan Hill (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotwire Farley & Harley Fontenot (Character) - 1980
33% 36% Death Ship Captain Ashland (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 20% Steel Big Lew Cassidy (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 57% Virus Unknown (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 61% The Double McGuffin Chief Talasek (Character) - 1979
14% 14% The Concorde: Airport '79 Capt. Joe Patroni (Character) - 1979
76% 78% Death on the Nile Andrew Pennington (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 37% Brass Target Gen. George S. Patton (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mean Dog Blues Captain Omar Kinsman (Character) - 1978
33% 33% Airport '77 Joe Patroni (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Proof of the Man Ken Shuftan (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Human Factor John Kinsdale (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Unknown (Character) - 1975
69% 54% The Eiger Sanction Ben Bowman (Character) - 1975
42% 35% Earthquake Lew Slade (Character) - 1974
25% 37% Airport 1975 Joe Patroni (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Cry in the Wilderness Sam Hadley (Character) - 1974
90% 73% Thunderbolt and Lightfoot Red Leary (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deliver Us From Evil Walter "Cowboy" McAdams (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 64% Cahill, United States Marshal Fraser (Character) - 1973
20% 46% Lost Horizon Sam Cornelius (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Great American Tragedy Brad Wilkes (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 50% The Bull of the West "Bear" Suchette (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Priest Killer Father Samuel Cavanaugh (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 65% Fool's Parade "Doc" Council (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Badge or the Cross Sarge Swanson (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sarge: The Badge or the Cross Sarge Swanson (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 60% ... Tick... Tick... Tick... John Little (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 58% Dirty Dingus Magee Herkimer "Hoke" Birdsill (Character) - 1970
73% 53% Airport Joe Patroni (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zigzag Paul R. Cameron (Character) - 1970
20% 27% The Good Guys and the Bad Guys McKay (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 40% Guns of the Magnificent Seven Chris (Character) - 1969
50% No Score Yet Gaily, Gaily Axel P. Johanson (Character) - 1969
86% 78% The Boston Strangler Det. Phil DiNatale (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 52% The Ballad of Josie Arch Ogden (Character) - 1968
20% 50% Bandolero! Sheriff July Johnson (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pink Jungle Sammy Ryderbeit (Character) - 1968
85% 90% The Dirty Dozen Maj. Max Armbruster (Character) - 1967
22% 27% Hurry Sundown Sheriff Coombs (Character) - 1967
100% 95% Cool Hand Luke Dragline (Character) - 1967
100% 79% Shenandoah Col. Fairchild (Character) - 1965
38% 81% In Harm's Way Col. Gregory (Character) - 1965
90% 81% The Flight of the Phoenix Bellamy (Character) - 1965
100% 81% The Sons of Katie Elder Curley (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 0% See How They Run Rudy (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 77% Mirage Willard (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent Witness Silent Witness (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Island of the Blue Dolphins Aleut Captain (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 59% McHale's Navy Henri Le Clerc (Character) - 1964
88% 66% Strait-Jacket Leo Krause (Character) - 1964
94% 92% Charade Herman Scobie (Character) - 1963
93% 85% Lonely Are the Brave Deputy Sheriff Gutierrez (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunfight in Black Horse Canyon Hawk (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come Nathan Dillon (Character) - 1961

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wings Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commish Al Scali (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dallas Unknown (Character) 1988-1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mission: Impossible Unknown (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Blue Knight Bumper Morgan (Character) 1975-1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sarge Father Samuel Cavanaugh (Character) 1971-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shotgun Slade Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tarzan Crandell (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1966 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunsmoke Jake Bayloe (Guest Star) 1966 1964 1960-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laredo Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Man Called Shenandoah Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1964 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet McHale's Navy Unknown (Guest Star) 1963-1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Olaf (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grindl Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show State Police Detective (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason George Spangler (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1960-1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Armstrong (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father of the Bride Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Unknown (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tall Man Hyram Killgore (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Steamboat Sully (Character) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Sheriff Zeke Armitage (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Marshal Dillon Unknown (Guest Star) 1960-1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Surfside 6 Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laramie Gallagher Henchman (Guest Star) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deputy Unknown (Guest Star) 1959

QUOTES FROM George Kennedy CHARACTERS

Lt. Frank Drebin says: Congratulations! I hear Edna's pregnant again...

Lt. Frank Drebin says: Congratulations! I hear Edna's pregnant again.

Ed Hocken says: I know... and if I catch the guy who did it...

Ed Hocken says: I know and if I catch the guy who did it.

Roy McLean says: What is a demon to you mister?

Ty says: Tall... bigger than you. Built, built like that mountain up there. It had Vachel's hat and vest on, it had death in it's eye.

Ty says: There's been a murder, my nephew Vachel.

Roy McLean says: Who did it? Who did it?!

Ty says: Demon. Gonna get those kids too.

Roy McLean says: You saw those kids?

Ty says: They wouldn't listen. I tried to warn them, they wouldn't hear it.

Andrew Pennington says: What the hell is going on?

Hercule Poirot says: We are going through your private papers Sir Isn't that obvious?

Dragline says: My boy says he can eat fifty eggs, he can eat fifty eggs

Dragline says: My boy says he can eat fifty eggs, he can eat fifty eggs.

Sam Whitemoon says: Empty your pockets.

Ray Spruce says: I haven't got...

Ray Spruce says: I haven't got.

Sam Whitemoon says: I said empty your fu**ing pockets, a**hole. Or I'll ask my buddy to bring me something off the hardware shelf that I can use to slice off your fingers.

Dragline says: That's my darling Luke. He grins like a baby but bites like a gator.