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Overview (5)

Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (assassination)
Birth NameRobert Francis Kennedy
Nicknames R.F.K.
Bobby
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-68), US politician, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, the third son of Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy and wife Rose Kennedy. He studied at Harvard and at Virginia University Law School, served at sea (1944-46) in World War II, was admitted to the bar (1951), and served on the Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities (1957-59), when he prosecuted several top union leaders. An efficient manager of his brother John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign, he was an energetic Attorney General (1961-64), notably in his dealings with civil rights problems. He became senator from New York in 1965. After winning the Californian Democratic presidential primary election, he was shot at a hotel in Los Angeles. His assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, a 24-year-old Jordanian-born immigrant, was sentenced to the gas chamber in 1969, but was not executed.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lester A Dinerstein <lester1@earthlink.net>

Spouse (1)

Ethel Kennedy (17 June 1950 - 6 June 1968) (his death) (11 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Strong Boston accent

Trivia (33)

Ex-brother-in-law of Peter Lawford.
Uncle of Maria Shriver; ex-uncle-in-law of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Had 11 children: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (b. 1952), Joseph Kennedy (b. 1953), Robert Kennedy Jr. (b. 1955), Courtney Kennedy Hill (b. 1957), Michael Kennedy (b. 1959, d. 1998), Kerry Kennedy Cuomo (b. 1960), Christopher Kennedy (b. 1964), Max Kennedy (b. 1966), Douglas Kennedy (b. 1967), Rory Kennedy (b. 1968), and David Kennedy (d. 1984).
Served as Attorney General in his brother, John F. Kennedy's, Cabinet, and resigned in 1964 after his brother's death.
Graduated from Harvard University in 1948 with a government degree.
Graduated from the University of Virginia Law School in 1951.
Served as a United States Senator from New York state from 1964 - 6 June 1968.
Graduated from Milton Academy.
Pictured on a 15¢ US commemorative postage stamp issued in his honor, 12 January 1979.
Brother of U.S. Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith, John F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Patricia Kennedy, Rosemary Kennedy, Kathleen Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
He harbored strong disdain for Lyndon Johnson, his older brother's vice president [who ultimately took over as president after John's death] and the feeling was mutual.
In stark contrast to his older brother John F. Kennedy's poor health, Robert was a very strong and physically active man who enjoyed hiking and kayaking, among other outdoor activities.
Was a close friend of Robert Vaughn.
Family friend Andy Williams sang the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" at his funeral. Williams named his son Bobby Williams in honor of Kennedy.
When Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968, it was his friend John Frankenheimer who had personally driven him there that day
Died the same day as Randolph Churchill, the only son of Winston Churchill.
Became close to actor Warren Beatty during his 1968 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. Beatty's relationship with Robert was closer than the one he had with John F. Kennedy while JFK was president. Beatty was particularly valuable in firing up volunteers for such mundane activities as door-to-door canvassing. Bobby was impressed by Beatty's thorough understanding of the issues. After Bobby's assassination in Beatty's hometown of Los Angeles, Beatty became a vocal gun control advocate.
He once got into a contest with Richard Burton, who greatly admired him, in which they tried to outdo the other by quoting William Shakespeare's sonnets. Both were word-perfect, and Burton was forced to "win" the contest by quoting one of the sonnets backwards, a feat Bobby could not match.
A wax replica of his head from the defunct Hollywood Wax Museum was auctioned off for a winning bid of $200 during a live auction on eBay on May 11, 2006.
Interred at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, about 100 yards to the left of his brother's grave.
Was portrayed by Steven Culp in Thirteen Days (2000), Linus Roache in RFK (2002), Dave Fraunces in Bobby (2006), and Tim Ransom in A Woman Named Jackie (1991).
Grandson of Congressman John F. Fitzgerald.
In 1965, still mourning his brother John's death, he journeyed to Canada to climb Mount Kennedy (on the Alasken-Canadian border) which had been named in his brother's honor. Breaking away from the team of experienced mountain climbers, Kennedy made it to the summit making him the first man ever to reach the top.
The hotel in which he was shot, the Los Angeles Ambassador, has since been torn down.
Kennedy assassin Sirhan Sirhan is currently confined at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in southern San Diego County serving life sentence (his early death sentence was reversed due to California laws that invalidated such convictions prior to 1972) .
The R.I.C.O. (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) act of 1970, which has been used to bring about widespread indictments against Organized Crime and the Federal Witness Protection Program is said to have been the brainchild of Robert F. Kennedy when he was the Attorney General.
When he was a senator he hired Jeff Greenfield as a speechwriter, who stayed until Kennedy was assassinated.
Wife Ethel was three months pregnant with their daughter Rory Kennedy when he was assassinated.
He was of Irish descent.
Resigned as U.S. Attorney General in 1964 to run for a U.S. Senate seat in New York. Several of his critics accused him of being a 'carpet bagger' with very few ties, if any, to New York. Furthermore, he was ineligible to vote on November 3rd, 1964, the day of the election, because he did not meet the state property qualifications at the time. Despite this, he went on to narrowly win the seat and served in the Senate until his death in 1968.

Personal Quotes (23)

I'm tired of chasing people.
I've seen despair and hopelessness, and I've seen children who are starving to death in the United States. I mean, not 'I read about children who are starving to death in the United States', but I've seen children who are starving to death in the United States. And, as the reports have said, they will never recover mentally after the age of four.
Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.
Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.
People say I am ruthless. I am not ruthless. And if I find the man who is calling me ruthless, I shall destroy him.
All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.
It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.
What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.
One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.
Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes.
If any man claims the Negro should be content... let him say he would willingly change the color of his skin and go to live in the Negro section of a large city. Then and only then has he a right to such a claim.
I was the seventh of nine children. When you come from that far down you have to struggle to survive.
Now I can go back to being ruthless again.
I thought they'd get one of us, but Jack, after all he's been through, never worried about it I thought it would be me.
Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
But suppose God is black? What if we go to Heaven and we, all our lives, have treated the Negro as an inferior, and God is there, and we look up and He is not white? What then is our response?
Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.
There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?
Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves. What is equally true is that every community gets the kind of law enforcement it insists on.
The free way of life proposes ends, but it does not prescribe means.

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