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Arthur Kennedy (I) (1914–1990)


Arthur Kennedy, one of the premier character actors in American film from the late 1940s through the early 1960s, achieved fame in the role of Biff in Elia Kazan's historic production of Arthur Miller's Pultizer-Prize winning play "Death of a Salesman." Although he was not selected to recreate the role on screen, he won one Best Actor and four Best... See full bio »

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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Known For

Filmography

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 1990 Grandpa
 1989 I figli del vento (TV Movie)
 1978 Covert Action
CIA Chief of Station, Athens
 1978 Porco mondo
 1978 Cyclone
The Priest
 1978 Cave of the Sharks
Mr. Jackson
 1977 Nine Guests for a Crime
Uberto - old man
 1977 The Sentinel
Monsignor Franchino
 1976 As of Tomorrow
Mike Jannacone
 1976 Roma a mano armata
Ruini
 1975 La polizia ha le mani legate
Armando Di Federico
 1974 The Antichrist
Bishop Ascanio Oderisi
 1974 Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
The Inspector
 1974 The Man from Independence
Tom Pendergast
 1973 The President's Plane Is Missing (TV Movie)
Gunther Damon
 1973 Ricco
Don Vito
 1973 Baciamo le mani
Don Angelino Ferrante
 1972 Crawlspace (TV Movie)
Albert Graves
 1971 A Death of Innocence (TV Movie)
Mark Hirsch
 1971 My Old Man's Place
Walter Pell
 1970 The Movie Murderer (TV Movie)
Angus MacGregor
 1969 Shark
Doc
 1969 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Rome
- Appalachian Autumn (1969) ... Rome
 1969 Hail, Hero!
Albert Dixon
 1968 Anzio
Maj. Gen. Jack Lesley
 1968 Un minuto per pregare, un instante per morire
Tuscosa Marshal Roy W. Colby
 1968 Day of the Evil Gun
Owen Forbes
 1967 Monday's Child
Peter Richardson
 1966 ABC Stage 67 (TV Series)
Narrator / Lieutenant Hammond
- The Brave Rifles (1966) ... Narrator
- The Confession (1966) ... Lieutenant Hammond
 1966 Nevada Smith
Bill Bowdre
 1965 Joy in the Morning
Patrick Brown
 1965 Murieta
Capt. Love
 1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Keith Hollands
- Change of Address (1964) ... Keith Hollands
 1964 Attack and Retreat
Ferro Maria Ferri
 1962-1964 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Colin Ryan / Hans Maasdijk
- Ambassador at Large (1964) ... Colin Ryan
- The Forgery (1962) ... Hans Maasdijk
 1964 Suspense (TV Series)
Sgt. Mike Kenny
- I, Mike Kenny (1964) ... Sgt. Mike Kenny
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Walter Meade Taylor
- Leviathan Five (1964) ... Dr. Walter Meade Taylor
 1963 Espionage (TV Series)
Ed Pierce
- The Whistling Shrimp (1963) ... Ed Pierce
 1961 Murder She Said
Dr. Quimper
 1961 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Dr. Harry A. Wilmer
- People Need People (1961) ... Dr. Harry A. Wilmer
 1961 Claudelle Inglish
Clyde Inglish
 1960 Elmer Gantry
Jim Lefferts
 1960 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Paul Heller
- In the Presence of Mine Enemies (1960) ... Paul Heller
 1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Whitney Barton
- The Web of Guilt (1960) ... Whitney Barton
 1959 A Summer Place
Bart Hunter
 1959 Home Is the Hero
Willie O'Reilly
 1959 The Ten Commandments (TV Movie)
 1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Sam Carter
- Make It Look Good (1959) ... Sam Carter
 1958 Some Came Running
Frank Hirsh
 1958 Twilight for the Gods
First Mate Ramsay
 1958 Rendezvous (TV Series)
 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series)
- The Victim (1956)
 1955 The Rawhide Years
Rick Harper
 1955 The Naked Dawn
Santiago
 1955 Trial
Barney
 1955 The Desperate Hours
Deputy Sheriff Jesse Bard
 1955 The Man from Laramie
Vic Hansbro
 1955 Crashout
Joe Quinn
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Larry Morton
- Night Visitor (1954) ... Larry Morton
 1954 Impulse
Alan Curtis
 1952 The Lusty Men
Wes Merritt
 1952 The Girl in White
Dr. Ben Barringer
 1952 Rancho Notorious
Vern Haskell
 1951 Red Mountain
Lane Waldron
 1951 Bright Victory
Larry Nevins
 1949 Chicago Deadline
Tommy Ditman
 1949 The Window
Ed Woodry
 1949 Champion
Connie
 1949 The Walking Hills
Chalk
 1945 Target - Invisible (Documentary short)
Narrator (uncredited)
 1945 Time to Kill (Short)
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1944 Resisting Enemy Interrogation
Sgt. Alfred Mason (uncredited)
 1944 Ditch and Live (Short)
Captain Scott H. Reynolds (uncredited)
 1943 Air Force
Bombardier
 1942 Desperate Journey
Flying Officer Jed Forrest
 1941 Highway West
George Foster
 1941 Strange Alibi
Sergeant Joe Geary
 1941 Knockout
Johnny Rocket, aka Kid Williams
 1940 City for Conquest
Eddie Kenny
Show Show Self (7 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (5 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "All My Sons" on Broadway. Written by Arthur Miller. Drama. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Article | See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[1985, about retiring] I ask myself that frequently. It seems the theater has been on the downcline since the mid-fifties. The pace of television shows is very unappealing to me. I will not live in Hollywood or New York anymore and if they don't see you around they just don't think of you for roles. I guess I'm retired, but if Tony Quinn [Anthony Quinn] told me that there was a hell of a part for... See more »

Trivia:

Four of Kennedy's five Oscar-nominated performances were directed by Mark Robson: Champion (1949), Bright Victory (1951), Trial (1955), and Peyton Place (1957). His fifth nod, for Some Came Running (1958) was directed by Vincente Minnelli. See more »

Nickname:

Johnny

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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