George Kennedy starred in a series of television commercials promoting an Air Florida "buy now, fly later" 10-trip pass. It turned out to be a scam, the promoter was jailed, and most of the money was lost.
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I had the good fortune of speaking with Orson Wells many decades ago and he said 'Success is primarily luck anyway.' And I have been very lucky. Of course, Orson Wells was enormously talented and brilliant - so who am I to argue with him!
Due to his tall, enormously broad frame, Kennedy was frequently cast in the 1960s and 1970s as bullies and thugs, and had the distinction of brutalizing stars like Cary Grant
, Paul Newman
and Clint Eastwood
on screen while gaining a reputation off-screen as one of the nicest actors around. By his 60s he finally got the chance to play friendlier characters, such as his lovable Capt. Ed Hocken in ...
Frequently plays dependable sidekick roles