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Kennedy (TV Mini-Series 1983) Poster

(1983)

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First aired on NBC on Sunday, November 20, 1983, at the same time that ABC was broadcasting The Day After (1983).
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The role of John F. Kennedy was previously played by Cliff Robertson in PT 109 (1963), making this the first role that he and Martin Sheen had shared. They both played Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in Spider-Man (2002) (Robertson) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) (Sheen). Martin Sheen portrayed J.F.K.'s brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, in the television movie The Missiles of October (1974).
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Martin Sheen provided the opening narration in JFK (1991).
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This television miniseries was broadcast in the 20th Anniversary year of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
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Actor Martin Sheen, who plays Democrat American President John F. Kennedy in this mini-series, provided the opening narration in the Oliver Stone directed later theatrical feature film JFK (1991), which was about the assassination of Democrat American President John F. Kennedy.
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Martin Sheen played fictional American President Josiah Bartlett in The West Wing (1999).
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Star Martin Sheen, who plays Democrat American President John F. Kennedy in this television mini-series, portrayed JFK's brother Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy (aka Bobby Kennedy) in The Missiles of October (1974).
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Emilio Estevez is the son of Martin Sheen. Estevez wrote, starred in and directed Bobby (2006). In this film, Sheen plays a character called Jack, which was J.F.K.'s nickname.
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The role of John F. Kennedy was played by Cliff Robertson in PT 109 (1963), making this miniseries the first role that he and Martin Sheen had shared. They both played Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in Spider-Man (2002) (Robertson) and The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) (Sheen). Martin Sheen portrayed Robert F. Kennedy in The Missiles of October (1974).
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In The Missiles of October (1974), William Devane played John F. Kennedy, while Martin Sheen played a member of his Cabinet. On The West Wing (1999), this was the reverse, with Sheen playing the President, and Devane portraying a member of his Cabinet.
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Martin Sheen, who portrayed the character of Jack in Bobby (2006), played Bobby when he was the U.S. Attorney General in The Missiles of October (1974).
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Martin Sheen is a supporter of the Democrat Party.
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The book "Movies Made for Television" states: Reg Gadney, the writer of this miniseries, "reportedly spent twenty years researching the Kennedys in preparation of a book about the family."
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The making of this miniseries was "distinguished by being an all-British production (including director and crew) with a lengthy cast headed by American actors" according to the book "Movies Made for Television".
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In many ways, Emilio Estevez felt that he was fated all of his life to make Bobby (2006). Just six-years-old when Robert F. Kennedy died, Estevez vividly remembers that night through a child's eyes, and seeing the horrific announcement that Robert had been shot on television, and rushing to awaken his father, Martin Sheen, a long-time Kennedy supporter, with the shocking news. Soon after that, Sheen took his son to visit the spot where Robert F. Kennedy had delivered his final speech at the Ambassador Hotel, a heartfelt, impromptu call for American unity and action in the face of escalating rifts and violence. Estevez recalled: "I remember my dad holding my hand as we wandered through those grand halls, and I remembered my father talking about what we had lost."
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Martin Sheen is the father of Writer and Director Emilio Estevez, who made Bobby (2006), a project which was a labor of love on many levels. In addition to proudly watching his son come into his own as a director, Bobby (2006) also continued Sheen's long-lived relationship with the Kennedy family. Sheen previously played Robert F. Kennedy in The Missiles of October (1974). In Bobby (2006), he played a very different role, that of a wealthy East Coast man, who has entered into therapy, and was examining the very roots of his modern malaise, much to the discomfort of his younger wife, Samantha, portrayed by Helen Hunt. Sheen said: "Robert Kennedy was a very great personal hero of mine. He continues to be a great source of inspiration to me personally. I'm privileged to work for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation. Each of the last few years I've narrated a film that explores the foundation's involvement in social justice and furthers the work of Robert Kennedy." Sheen continued: "I think it's important for us to celebrate heroes and to try and inspire people to higher and more humane service to their fellow men, and I think this film will do that by honoring the spirit of Robert Francis Kennedy, and that my son has been responsible for this just makes me so hopelessly proud."
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The Ambassador Hotel was still one of Los Angeles' finest, if fading, hotels in 1968, when it was irrevocably linked with Robert F. Kennedy's death. But by 1989, the deteriorating building was so in need of massive refurbishments, that it finally closed its doors. The hotel's fate was now left to a decade-long series of legal battles. Finally, in 2005, the historic structure was, at last, about to be gutted and transformed into a much-needed Los Angeles school building. Ironically, at the same time that Emilio Estevez was hoping to keep the Ambassador Hotel open for filming for his film Bobby (2006), his father Martin Sheen was helping the Kennedy Family to arrange for its imminent demise. Explained Sheen: "Ethel Kennedy (Robert F. Kennedy's widow) had asked if I would support the family's effort to have the building torn down, and if a school was built, then hopefully the school would be named after her late husband. So I called several people at the City Council and told them what Mrs. Kennedy wanted, and, coincidentally, Emilio was trying to get them to delay tearing it down so he could film his movie there!" Fortunately, Estevez was able to wrangle a special dispensation from the Los Angeles Unified School District to film for just one week in the Ambassador Hotel before it would disappear forever. During this time, Estevez was able to capture the building's exteriors, as well as its hallway corridors and coffee shop before proceeding with the demolition. "They were literally tearing down the walls around us as we shot", recalled Estevez. "It's quite challenging to keep your composure through that." The film's lightning-fast filming schedule would give the film some of the authenticity Estevez was seeking, but now the creative team was also forced to rethink the film's design. "The idea had always been to have the camera flow from one room in the Ambassador to the next, and have the architecture of the hotel serve as a way of linking all the stories", Estevez explained. "We never imagined we would have to move from location to location."
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Kevin Conroy, who played Edward Kennedy, went on to play Batman. Several other actors from the Batman series have also played members of the Kennedy family. Bruce Greenwood played Batman and John F. Kennedy. Linus Roache played Bruce Wayne's father in Batman Begins (2005) and Robert F. Kennedy in RFK (2002). Pat Hingle played Commissioner Gordon and Joseph Kennedy, Sr. In addition, Gary Oldman, who played Commissioner Gordon, played Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991).
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The last name of Geraldine Fitzgerald, who played Rose Kennedy, is the middle name of John F. Kennedy, "Fitzgerald" being the family maternal line, from which J.F.K. was descended.
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Laurie Kennedy portrayed the character of Pat Lawford, a.k.a. Patricia Kennedy.
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