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George Kennedy


Born - 18 February 1925, New York City, USA
Died - 28 February 2016

Big, beaming, flush-faced, heavy-headed, powerful star character actor with a lick of fair hair, who started off as TV western villains - 'All I had to do was show up on set and get beaten up or shot' - but soon progressed to better things, climaxed by his Oscar as second lead to Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke (1967). Following that he was seen in more genial roles. After forsaking a military career for acting, his more-than-100 films included Oh! For a Man! (1957), Spartacus (1960, as one of those yelling 'I am Spartacus'), The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come (1961), Lonely Are the Brave (1962), Charade (1963), Strait-Jacket (1964), Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964), Mirage (1965), The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), The Dirty Dozen (1967), the lead in Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969), Dynamite Man from Glory Jail (1971), Cahill U.S. Marshal (1973), The Eiger Sanction (1974), Earthquake (1974), Airport '77 (1977), Brass Target (1978), Steel (1979), Wacko (1982), Bolero (1984), The Delta Force (1986), Creepshow 2 (1987), The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988), Driving Me Crazy (1991), The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994), Bayou Ghost (1997), View from the Top (2003), Don't Come Knocking (2005), The Man Who Came Back (2008), Another Happy Day (2011) and The Gambler (2014), his last.