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George Kennedy (I) (1925–2016)


George Harris Kennedy, Jr. was born on February 18, 1925 in New York City, to Helen A. (Kieselbach), a ballet dancer, and George Harris Kennedy, an orchestra leader and musician. Following high school graduation, Kennedy enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 with the hope to become a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps. Instead, he wound up ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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 2014/III The Gambler
Ed
 2010 Mad Mad Wagon Party
JB Scotch
 2010 Six Days in Paradise
Monty Crenshaw
 2008 The Man Who Came Back
Judge Duke
 2007 Sands of Oblivion (TV Movie)
John Tevis
 2005 Don't Come Knocking
Director
 2005 Truce
Dr. Peter Gannon
 2005 Three Bad Men
Ed Fiske
 2004 The Devil's Due at Midnight (Video short)
Professor Zebediah Jones
 2003 Monster Makers (TV Movie)
Dexter Brisbane
 2003 View from the Top
Passenger Requesting Vodka (uncredited)
 1998 Men in White (TV Movie)
General Vice
 1998 Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! (Video)
Grandpa
 1998 Small Soldiers
Brick Bazooka (voice)
 1997 Bayou Ghost
Officer Lowe
 1995 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series)
Movie Director
- In the Nam of the Father (1995) ... Movie Director (voice)
 1995 The Commish (TV Series)
Al Scali
- The Golden Years (1995) ... Al Scali
 1995 Santo Bugito (TV Series)
Ralph
- My Name Is Revenge (1995) ... Ralph (voice)
 1994 Lonesome Dove: The Series (TV Series)
Judge J.T. 'Rope' Calder
- Judgement Day (1994) ... Judge J.T. 'Rope' Calder
 1992 Distant Justice
Tom Bradfield
 1992 Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story (TV Movie)
Father Dave
 1991 Intensive Care
Dr. Bruckner
 1991 Hangfire
Warden E. Barles
 1990 Good Cops, Bad Cops (TV Movie)
Kirkland
 1990 Hired to Kill
Thomas
 1990 Brain Dead
Vance
 1989 Esmeralda Bay
Wilson
 1989 Ministry of Vengeance
Rev. Hughes
 1989 The Terror Within
Hal
 1988 Uninvited (Video)
Mike Harvey
 1988 Top Line
Heinrich Holzmann
 1988 Death Street USA
Sheriff Hanks
 1988 Demonwarp
Bill Crafton
 1988 Counterforce
Vince Colby
 1988 Born to Race
Vincent Duplain
 1988 What Price Victory (TV Movie)
Big Buck Brayton
 1987 Private Road: No Trespassing (Video)
Sam Milshaw
 1987 The Gunfighters (TV Movie)
Deke Turner
 1986 Liberty (TV Movie)
Seamus Reilly
 1986 The Delta Force
Father O'Malley
 1985 Savage Dawn
Tick Rand
 1985 Radioactive Dreams
Spade Chandler
 1985 International Airport (TV Movie)
Rudy Van Leuven
 1985 Rigged
Ben
 1985 Half Nelson (TV Movie)
 1984 Bolero
Cotton
 1984 The Jesse Owens Story (TV Movie)
Charles 'Charley' Riley
 1984 Rare Breed
Nathan Hill
 1984 Chattanooga Choo Choo
Bert
 1983 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Adam Cobb
- God Child/Curtain Call (1983) ... Adam Cobb
 1982 Wacko
Mr. Doctor Graves
 1981 Just Before Dawn
Roy McLean
 1981 The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (TV Movie)
Brakus
 1980 Hotwire
Farley & Harley Fontenot
 1980 Day of Resurrection
Adm. Conway
 1980 Death Ship
Captain Ashland
 1979 Steel
Big Lew Cassidy
 1979 Never Say Never (TV Movie)
Harry Walter
 1979 The Double McGuffin
Chief Talasek
 1979 Search and Destroy
Anthony Fusqua
 1978 Mean Dog Blues
Captain Omar Kinsman
 1977 Ningen no shômei
Ken Shuftan
 1975 The 'Human' Factor
John Kinsdale
 1974 Sonic Boom (Short)
Ben Dover
 1974 Earthquake
Slade
 1974 A Cry in the Wilderness (TV Movie)
Sam Hadley
 1973 Deliver Us from Evil (TV Movie)
Walter 'Cowboy' McAdams
 1973 Cahill U.S. Marshal
Fraser
 1973 Lost Horizon
Sam Cornelius
 1972 A Great American Tragedy (TV Movie)
Brad Wilkes
 1971-1972 Sarge (TV Series)
Father Samuel Cavanaugh / Sarge Swanson
- Napoleon Never Wanted to Be a Cop (1972) ... Father Samuel Cavanaugh
- An Accident Waiting to Happen (1972) ... Father Samuel Cavanaugh
- A Party to the Crime (1971) ... Father Samuel Cavanaugh
- A Company of Victims (1971) ... Father Samuel Cavanaugh
- The Combatants (1971) ... Father Samuel Cavanaugh
 1971 Ironside (TV Series)
Father Samuel Cavanaugh
- The Priest Killer (1971) ... Father Samuel Cavanaugh
 1971 Fools' Parade
'Doc' Council
 1970 Dirty Dingus Magee
Herkimer 'Hoke' Birdsill
 1970 Zig Zag
Paul R. Cameron
 1970 Airport
Patroni
 1969 Gaily, Gaily
Axel P. Johanson
 1968 The Boston Strangler
Det. Phil DiNatale
 1968 The Legend of Lylah Clare
Matt Burke (uncredited)
 1968 The Pink Jungle
Sammy Ryderbeit
 1968 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series)
M.P.
- And Baby Makes Three (1968) ... M.P. (uncredited)
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Crandell
- Thief Catcher (1967) ... Crandell
 1967 Hurry Sundown
Sheriff Coombs
 1967 The Ballad of Josie
Arch Ogden
 1964-1966 The Virginian (TV Series)
Huck Harkness / Tom 'Bear' Suchette / Jack Marshman
- Trail to Ashley Mountain (1966) ... Huck Harkness
- Nobility of Kings (1965) ... Tom 'Bear' Suchette
- A Gallows for Sam Horn (1964) ... Jack Marshman
 1963-1966 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Sergeant Hensley / Joe Cramer
- Strange Sort of Accident (1966) ... Sergeant Hensley
- Mercy or Murder (1966) ... Sergeant Hensley
- To Each His Own Prison (1963) ... Joe Cramer
 1960-1966 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Ben Payson / Cyrus / Stark / ...
- Harvest (1966) ... Ben Payson
- Crooked Mile (1964) ... Cyrus
- The Warden (1964) ... Stark
- The Boys (1962) ... Hug
- Big Man (1961) ... Pat Swarner
 1966 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Jack Thatcher
- Barbary Red (1966) ... Jack Thatcher
 1966 The Legend of Jesse James (TV Series)
Blodgett
- Return to Lawrence (1966) ... Blodgett
 1965 Laredo (TV Series)
Jess Moran
- Pride of the Rangers (1965) ... Jess Moran
 1965 A Man Called Shenandoah (TV Series)
Mitchell Canady
- A Special Talent for Killing (1965) ... Mitchell Canady
 1965 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Zach Morgan
- A Rope for Mingo (1965) ... Zach Morgan
 1965 Shenandoah
Col. Fairchild
 1965 Mirage
Willard
 1964 The Rogues (TV Series)
Major Vyx
- The Computer Goes West (1964) ... Major Vyx
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
George Martin
- Misadventure (1964) ... George Martin
 1961-1964 Bonanza (TV Series)
Waldo Watson / Peter Long
- The Infernal Machine (1961) ... Peter Long
 1964 See How They Run (TV Movie)
Rudy
 1964 Island of the Blue Dolphins
Aleut Captain
 1964 McHale's Navy
Henri Le Clerc
 1963-1964 McHale's Navy (TV Series)
Big Frenchy
- The Return of Big Frenchy (1964) ... Big Frenchy
- French Leave for McHale (1963) ... Big Frenchy
 1964 The Great Adventure (TV Series)
Sergeant Mulduney
- Rodger Young (1964) ... Sergeant Mulduney
 1964 Strait-Jacket
Leo Krause
 1963 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series)
Olaf Bjornsen
- The Simple Life (1963) ... Olaf Bjornsen
 1963 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
Angus
- The Day of the Long Night (1963) ... Angus
 1963 Grindl (TV Series)
Lefty
- Grindl and the Counterfeiters (1963) ... Lefty
 1963 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Elevator Operator
- Never Wave Goodbye: Part 1 (1963) ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
 1962-1963 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Jake
- Ordeal in Darkness (1963) ... Jake
- In Close Pursuit (1962)
 1963 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
State Police Detective
- The Big House (1963) ... State Police Detective
 1963 Perry Mason (TV Series)
George Spangler
- The Case of the Greek Goddess (1963) ... George Spangler
 1962-1963 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Lincoln / Jake
- The Broken Year (1963) ... Lincoln
- Ordeal in Darkness (1962) ... Jake
 1960-1963 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Brother Grace / Big Jim / Rud Saxon / ...
- Don't Shoot the Piano Player (1962) ... Big Jim
- A Proof of Love (1961) ... Rud Saxon
- The Vigil (1961) ... Deke
 1963 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Armstrong
- The Night Was Six Years Long (1963) ... Armstrong
 1962 Going My Way (TV Series)
Mike
- A Man for Mary (1962) ... Mike
 1962 The Silent Witness
Gus Jordan
 1962 Lonely Are the Brave
Deputy Sheriff Gutierrez
 1962 Thriller (TV Series)
John Paterson
- The Innocent Bystanders (1962) ... John Paterson
 1962 Outlaws (TV Series)
Joe Ferris
- Farewell Performance (1962) ... Joe Ferris
 1961-1962 The Tall Man (TV Series)
Hyram Killgore / Jake Newton
- Three for All (1962) ... Hyram Killgore
- Trial by Hanging (1961) ... Jake Newton
 1962 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Hawk
- Assignment in Gloribee (1962) ... Hawk
 1962 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Steamboat Sully
- Miracle at Whiskey Gulch (1962) ... Steamboat Sully
 1962 Rawhide (TV Series)
George Wales
- The Peddler (1962) ... George Wales
 1961 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Birdie
- The King of Champagne (1961) ... Birdie
 1961 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Ship's Purser
- Freddie's Shipwreck (1961) ... Ship's Purser
 1961 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Sheriff Zeke Armitage
- The Fourth Man (1961) ... Sheriff Zeke Armitage
 1961 The Americans (TV Series)
Hoon
- The Guerrillas (1961) ... Hoon
 1961 Gunslinger (TV Series)
Sheriff
- The Buried People (1961) ... Sheriff
 1961 Klondike (TV Series)
Ira Shallop
- Swing Your Partner (1961) ... Ira Shallop
 1961 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Gabe Buchanan
- Heels Over Head (1961) ... Gabe Buchanan
 1961 The Case of the Dangerous Robin (TV Series)
- Jungle Quest (1961)
 1960 Riverboat (TV Series)
Gunner Slagle
- River Champion (1960) ... Gunner Slagle
 1960 Route 66 (TV Series)
Thad Skinner
- Black November (1960) ... Thad Skinner
 1960 Maverick (TV Series)
Deputy Jones
- Hadley's Hunters (1960) ... Deputy Jones
 1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Karl
- The Crossbow (1960) ... Karl
 1959-1960 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Ross Kuhn / Sykes
- Funeral at Forty Mile (1960) ... Ross Kuhn
- The Canary Kid, Inc. (1959) ... Sykes
 1960 Laramie (TV Series)
Gallagher Henchman
- Duel at Alta Mesa (1960) ... Gallagher Henchman
 1960 Lawman (TV Series)
Burt
- To Capture the West (1960) ... Burt
 1960 Shotgun Slade (TV Series)
Tex
- The Spanish Box (1960) ... Tex
 1959 The Deputy (TV Series)
Tex
- The Big Four (1959) ... Tex
 1959 Cheyenne (TV Series)
Lee Nelson
- Prisoner of Moon Mesa (1959) ... Lee Nelson
 1959 Colt .45 (TV Series)
Hank
- The Rival Gun (1959) ... Hank
 1956-1959 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
MP Sgt. Kennedy
- The Weekend Colonel (1959) ... MP Sgt. Kennedy (uncredited)
- Bilko's Small Car (1959) ... MP Sgt. Kennedy (uncredited)
- Bilko the Butler (1959) ... MP Sgt. Kennedy (uncredited)
- Guinea Pig Bilko (1959) ... MP Sgt. Kennedy (uncredited)
- Bilko's Bopster (1959) ... MP Sgt. Kennedy (uncredited)
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Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)
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[on being cast in bad guy roles on television Westerns at the start of his acting career] The big guys were on television and they needed big lumps to eat up. All I had to do was show up on the set, and I got beaten up. See more »

Trivia:

Kennedy is often mistakenly credited with a bit part in Spartacus (1960). Stuntman Bob Morgan resembles Kennedy closely, and it is he who is seen saying "I'm Spartacus!" in the famous scene. Kennedy had nothing to do with the film. See more »

Trademark:

Deep baritone voice See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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