Monday, February 29, 2016

To Absent Friends - George Kennedy

George Kennedy

Sad news has just come over the news with the report that Academy Award winning actor George Kennedy has died at the age of 91.

A most prolific actor, IMDB lists an incredible 183 acting credits to Kennedy dating back to the 1950's when he was a semi-regular on "The Phil Silvers Show".  There were a number of TV appearances, and at least two series in the 1970's, "Sarge" and "The Blue Knight".  There were a lot of movies, most notably his hilarious roles as straight man to Leslie Neilson in the Naked Gun movies, and that Best Supporting Actor Oscar winning role in "Cool Hand Luke" in 1967.  He even played President Warren harding in a 1979 TV mini-series. And of course, my buddy Tim Baker and I have been having a lot of fun in recent months about Kennedy's over-the-top role of Joe Patroni in "Airport" (1970).

Never the leading man, but a solid character actor who always delivered.  As I often say, you can't make movies without guys like George Kennedy.

RIP George Kennedy.

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