George Kennedy Overview:

Character actor, George Kennedy, was born on Feb 18, 1925 in New York City, NY. Kennedy died at the age of 91 on Feb 28, 2016 in Middleton, ID .


American actor with a powerful build and thinning fair hair. He turned to an acting career after 16 years in the army and surprised many people by becoming a star - mainly on the strength of his Academy Award for Cool Hand Luke in 1967. The transition from villains to good-hearted Joes was almost immediate, but he was a valuable asset to some poor films.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



George Kennedy was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Supporting Actor for Cool Hand Luke (as Dragline) in 1967.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1967Best Supporting ActorCool Hand Luke (1967)DraglineWon

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. In addition, Kennedy was inducted into the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum .

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George Kennedy Quotes:

Chris Adams: This is a rough go, huh, Cassie?
Cassie: Yeah. If I stay here any longer, I'll end up in jail.
Chris Adams: Wouldn't you rather blow one up?
Cassie: For money or for laughs?
Chris Adams: About as much as you'd make in a year - a hundred dollars. Not many laughs.

McKay: You got a privy out back?
Flagg: The name of this town is Progress - there's one inside.
McKay: *In*side?
Flagg: Yeah, just under the staircase.
McKay: [McKay jiggles the handcuffs; Flagg unlocks them and follows as McKay walks to the staircase] You gonna hold my hand?
McKay: [McKay walks into the bathroom and looks around. He pulls the chain on the toilet, which flushes] I'll be damned.

Dragline: Where'd the road go?
Luke: That's it. That's the end of it.
Convict: Man, there's still daylight.
Dragline: About two hours left.
Convict: What do we do now?
Luke: Nothin'.
Dragline: Oh Luke, you wild, beautiful thing. You crazy handful of nothin'.

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Has 4 adopted children

He and Joan adopted their granddaughter in 1998, after their daughter was ruled unfit.

Graduated in 1943 from Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York.

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