Arthur Kennedy Overview:

Legendary actor, Arthur Kennedy, was born John Arthur Kennedy on Feb 17, 1914 in Worcester, MA. Kennedy died at the age of 75 on Jan 5, 1990 in Branford, CT and was laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery in Lequille, Nova Scotia, Canada.


It's a long way down from City for Conquest and High Sierra to Emmanuelle on Taboo Island, but poor Arthur Kennedy travelled every step of the way. This fair-haired American actor with a slightly fretful look and crooked smile spent six years on stage before deciding on a film career. He became a star without quite heading the cast, was five times Oscar-nominated, and ran up a good row of often likeable western villains. His roles deteriorated in quality from 1958, and in the seventies became increasingly frenzied. Died from a brain tumor.

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Although Kennedy was nominated for five Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1949Best Supporting ActorChampion (1949)Connie KellyNominated
1951Best ActorBright Victory (1951)Larry LevinsNominated
1955Best Supporting ActorTrial (1955)Barney CastleNominated
1957Best Supporting ActorPeyton Place (1957)Lucas CrossNominated
1958Best Supporting ActorSome Came Running (1958)Frank HirshNominated

He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Television and Motion Pictures.

BlogHub Articles:

City for Conquest (1940): Starring James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, and

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 29, 2019 From 4 Star Films

Upon being immersed in City for Conquest, it feels like a cast of millions because so many familiar faces make an appearance for any given amount of time. Surely, the most important coupling is James Cagney and Ann Sheridan who are paired much in the same way as Angel With Dirty Faces (1938), playin... Read full article

The Great

By Virginie Pronovost on Feb 17, 2019 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

My favourite character actor, would have been 105 today and, for the occasion, I’m hosting the ’s Conquest of the Screen Blogathon. I was initially supposed to write about an episode from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour in which Kennedy starred but, instead, I̵... Read full article

The ’s Conquest of the Screen Blogathon is here!

By Virginie Pronovost on Feb 15, 2019 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

It has finally arrived! Today, we start celebrating my favourite character actor, the incomparable , with the blogathon I’ve created in his honour! The festivities start today and will take an end of February 17 or, more precisely, on what would have been his 105th birthday! Arth... Read full article

Announcing the ‘’s Conquest of the Screen Blogathon’!

By Virginie Pronovost on Nov 14, 2018 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

Hello again! Yes, another year will soon be at our door which means… more blogathons of course! You already know that I’ll be honouring Jean Simmons on her 90th birthday at the end of January with Phyllis Loves Her Classic Movies. BUT there’s someone else I’ve been desperate ... Read full article

Book Review: , Man of Characters (Meredith C. Macksoud)

By Virginie Pronovost on Mar 27, 2017 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

For almost two years now, I’m only reading biography books (except for half of Wuthering Heights, The Moment of the Wedding and 1984). I find these fascinating (if they are well-written) and they allow me to discover interesting stuff about the personalities I admire. Remember when I wrote tha... Read full article

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Arthur Kennedy Quotes:

Lorne Warfield: You ever kill a man?
Owen Forbes: Why?
Lorne Warfield: Well, suppose before this thing is over, you have to kill a few Indians?
Owen Forbes: I'll manage. It's not the same thing as men gunning each other down in the middle of the street.

Santiago: Aww! You know how to die. You watch plenty others.

Vic Hansbro: I'm sorry about this. I figured you'd kinda have your bellyful of these parts and would be anxious to get out of here.
Will Lockhart: Yeah, well, I figure this place owes me somethin' and I'm gonna make it pay.
Vic Hansbro: Let me straighten you out, mister. We got enough trouble around here with the Apaches and young Dave. Now don't you go startin' any!

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Interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, Lequille, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Four of Kennedy's five Oscar-nominated performances were directed by Mark Robson: Champion (1949), Bright Victory (1951), Trial (1955), and Peyton Place (1957). His fifth nod, for Some Came Running (1958) was directed by Vincente Minnelli.

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