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George Kennedy

Highest Rated:   100% Cool Hand Luke (1967)
Lowest Rated:   0% Bolero (1984)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
46% The Gambler
  • Ed
$18.9M 2014
44% Another Happy Day
  • Joe
$0.1M 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
42% 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
69% 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
55% 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
57% The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear
  • Ed Hocken
1991
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
20% 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
85% 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
80% 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
50% Airport '77
  • Joe Patroni
1977
69% 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
No Score Yet 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
92% 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
29% 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
No Score Yet 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
80% Strait-Jacket
  • Leo Krause
1964
92% Charade
  • Herman Scobie
1963
No Score Yet The Man from the Diners' Club
  • George
1963
90% Lonely are the Brave
  • Guitierrez
1962
No Score Yet The Bull of the West
  • 'Bear' Suchette
1962

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • 1981

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