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 .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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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
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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:

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.


Judge: Anybody in favor of hanging this man, say "Aye."
Crowd: Aye!
Judge: Against?
Chris Adams: Nooo.
Judge: And who says, "No"?
Chris Adams: Me.
Judge: Just who are you to say, "No"?
Chris Adams: Who do you have to be to say "No" to a rigged court - stretchin' the neck of this poor slob?


Dragline: He was smiling... That's right. You know, that, that Luke smile of his. He had it on his face right to the very end. Hell, if they didn't know it 'fore, they could tell right then that they weren't a-gonna beat him. That old Luke smile. Oh, Luke. He was some boy. Cool Hand Luke. Hell, he's a natural-born world-shaker.


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Has a daughter Betty who was also an actor.

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

He enlisted in the Army during World War II and went on to serve 16 years, both in combat, and in his later years, as an Armed Forces Radio and Television officer.

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