‘Naked Gun’ actor George Kennedy dead at 91
George Kennedy, whose film and TV roles ran the gamut from a pugilistic prisoner in Cool Hand Luke to a Dallas oil Tycoon and, of course, in the Airport and Naked Gun movies, has died, the Associated Press reported Monday. He was 91.
Kennedy, who won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his fist-fighting convict opposite Paul Newman in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, died Sunday in Boise, Idaho, where he lived since 2002, his grandson told the AP.
He was a TV character actor with a staggering number of appearances to his credit, including shows The Andy Griffith Show, Bonanza, Maverick, Gunsmoke and Perry Mason. But he was equally busy on movie sets, with roles in The Dirty Dozen (below), Airport (and its sequels), Earthquake and dozens more. Read more…