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:

Dragline: Anything so innocent and built like that just gotta be named Lucille.


Dragline: [watching sexy girl wash a car] My Lord, whatever I done, don't strike me blind for another couple of minutes.


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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Before his acting career really took off, he served as a military consultant on "The Phil Silvers Show" (1955).

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.

As a US Army officer in WWII, he served under Gen. George S. Patton, and later went on to portray Patton in Brass Target (1978).

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