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Overview (2)

Born in Copiague, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Birth NameKenneth Earl Holliday

Mini Bio (1)

Kene Holiday was born on June 25, 1949 in Copiague, Suffolk County, New York, USA as Kenneth Earl Holliday. He is an actor, known for The Philadelphia Experiment (1984), Bulworth (1998) and Everybody's Fine (2009). He has been married to Linda Copling since April 6, 1996. He was previously married to Dolly Holiday and Janifer Baker Holloway.

Family (2)

Spouse Linda Copling (6 April 1996 - present)
Dolly Holiday (? - ?)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Janifer Baker Holloway (? - ?)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Parents Holliday, Marian

Trivia (16)

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.
As an 11-year-old boy, he would occasionally watch The Andy Griffith Show (1960) that featured his mentor Andy Griffith. Despite not watching every episode of the series, he recognized every character on the show. He was later cast opposite Griffith on Matlock (1986), for the show's first 3 seasons before he was fired in 1989.
He was arrested for drunk driving. Officers were told that Holliday apparently had an argument outside the house with someone he believed to be a friend of the resident, smashed the windows and then got into his car, only to crash into a parked automobile. [30 December 1988].
Is one of the two actors of Matlock (1986) not to share a line with Don Knotts.
Has been sober, after a long battle of drugs and alcohol. [2 February 1989].
His mother, Marian Holliday, passed away in December 2010, after a long battle of Alzheimer's disease. She lived to be 85.

Personal Quotes (8)

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.
[on the death of his mother]: She saved lives. If there was sickness in house, she called the ambulance and stayed on the line with the family, kept them comforted and calmed them down.
[who grew up with his family]: There was dirt for streets. When we got asphalt, it was a big deal. When we got asphalt with gravel, it was a really big deal. There were no lawns, no sidewalks, nothing, just a house. But they owned property up in the north.
[of his sobriety]: God allowed me to survive, to live my life. And the reason I've been able to stay sober is that I easily and veritably admit my own culpability in my deconstruction.
I came from nothing, and just like that I had everything I could ever dream of. It was excessive celebration.

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