George Kennedy - actor b. NYC-1925; a US Army officer in WWII, he served under Gen. George Patton. After 16 yrs in Army, he began his acting career, often playing tough guys. By the late ‘60s, he was popular with casting agents; won Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in ‘Cool Hand Luke’ (’67). Played in disaster films of the '70s (e.g. ‘Earthquake’); his distinctive voice used in many kids’ films. After @ 50 years in Hollywood, he retired to Idaho.
George Kennedy poses April 10,1968 with his Oscar in Santa Monica, Calif, after he was presented with it as best supporting actor. He won the award for his role in the film "Cool Hand Luke." It was his first Oscar.
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