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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 25 June 1949Copiague, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Birth NameKenneth Earl Holliday

Mini Bio (1)

Kene Holliday was born on June 25, 1949 in Copiague, Suffolk County, New York, USA as Kenneth Earl Holliday. He is an actor, known for Matlock (1986), Carter Country (1977) and The Philadelphia Experiment (1984). He has been married to Linda Copling since April 6, 1996. He was previously married to Dolly and Janifer.

Spouse (3)

Linda Copling (6 April 1996 - present)
Janifer (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)
Dolly (? - ?) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (12)

Best known by the public for his starring role as Tyler Hudson on Matlock (1986).
Was fired from Matlock (1986), due to his serious drug and alcohol abuse in 1989.
Was approached by Fred Silverman and Dean Hargrove as their first choice for a co-starring role opposite Andy Griffith in the long-running drama Matlock (1986). He accepted and won the role.
Worked with Dick Van Dyke twice on Matlock (1986) and Diagnosis Murder (1993).
Graduated from Copiague High School in Copiague, Suffolk County, New York, in 1967.
Had lost his father when he was only 12.
At Copiague High School, he was the star of the track team, with the encouragement of his mother.
After he married Linda Copling, he became a traveling evangelist, and he and his wife spent the next decade preaching in gospel musicals.
Before he was a successful actor, he worked with the inaugural theater group at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., where he conducted workshops as a founding member of the D.C. Black Repertory Company.
Had missed 7 episodes or had limited appearances during the third season of Matlock (1986), because he was sent to a rehabilitation clinic for his drug and alcohol abuse, where he stayed on an outpatient basis.
Acting mentors were Andy Griffith and Victor French.
Lives in Amityville, New York [September 2007]

Personal Quotes (4)

Whatever's happened to me over the years, I know that I've always been a guy who's been able to achieve what I've desired because I was willing to make a sacrifice. Whether it was on the football field and there were 12 more yards I needed to get or whether it was in the studio for this movie when it would get 112 degrees in hotel rooms where we were working ... God blessed me with these gifts. And I'm willing to do the work to make them manifest.
I was a functioning, executive-minded alcoholic. In Hollywood, especially, I drank lots of high-end cognac. Never mind how old I was at the time, I was a black kid with a lot of money.... I never stuck anything in my arm because I'd grown up in New York at a time when I saw guys older than me turning into ghosts because of heroin. But I drank, I smoked.... It became a lifestyle for me through the '70s and '80s, and it caught up with me. I lost a wife during that period and keep myself medicated through drink and drugs. When you take days off from shooting schedules as I did during Matlock (1986), you're going to get fired. Thing is, I had been three months sober when they fired me because I'd been in rehab on an outpatient basis. I've never had a relapse. It made me mad enough to stay sober.
[on his firing from Matlock (1986)]: I was still drinking and drugging. There is just so much of that they are going to tolerate on a multimillion-dollar show.
[when he played football at the University of Maryland]: My football career was not going where I wanted it to go. I wasn't going to be Jim Brown.

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