Tuesday, 1 March 2016

OBIT - GEORGE KENNEDY


Academy Award winning actor George Kennedy has died. He had been living with lung cancer, and was age 91 at the time of his death, on the 28th of February, in Middleton, Idaho. Kennedy was a popular star of both small screen and big screen; mere years after his TV debut in 1959 and his film debut in 1960, with an uncredited part in Spartacus, Kennedy was an Oscar winner for his supporting role in 1967's Cool Hand Luke. He starred in Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte, The Flight of the Phoenix, Airport, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Death on the Nile and The Naked Gun over a career that spanned over 50 years and seven decades in the industry. He was married four times, and had six children, including four from adoption. In 1991, Kennedy was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for contributions to motion pictures. Recently seen in a small but pivotal role in 2014's The Gambler, this inimitable actor will be much missed by audiences worldwide.