RIP, George Kennedy.

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George Kennedy
(February 18, 1925 – February 28, 2016)

George Kennedy, one of Hollywood’s finest, and busiest, character actors, has passed away at 91.

Kennedy made so many good movies in the 60s and 70s (he was plenty busy in TV, too), it’s hard to keep track of them. Charade (1963). The Sons Of Katie Elder (1965), in which he and John Wayne execute one of the most perfectly-timed hits in all of cinema — as Wayne smacks Kennedy in the face with the spoke of a wagon wheel. Cool Hand Luke (1967, above), as Dragline — which landed him a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. The Dirty Dozen (1967). And a personal favorite, Thunderbolt And Lightfoot (1974).

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3 responses to “RIP, George Kennedy.

  1. Yes, R.I.P. to Mr. Kennedy, whose presence has enlivened many a movie through the years. (I’m still kicking myself for not picking up that out-of-print THE GOOD GUYS AND THE BAD GUYS DVD years ago). But I’m rather ashamed to say that I thought he had already passed a few years ago.

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  2. john k

    Hi again,Jeff…..

    It’s great to see you here.
    I’ve answered some of your questions on the
    HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES thread regarding Blu Rays.

    The films which got me started with Elephant France Blu Ray’s
    are AIRPORT ’75 and AIRPORT ’77 with the late great
    Mr Kennedy.
    I loved the two films he made with Eastwood (the other being
    the underrated THE EIGER SANCTION) two totally contrasting
    roles.

    Jeff, now that you have entered the wonderful world of
    region free Blu Ray I can highly endorse the following Westerns:

    DAY OF THE OUTLAW
    Eureka UK

    MAN WITHOUT A STAR
    BACKLASH
    GUNMAN’S WALK
    Explosive Media,Germany

    WESTERN UNION
    STAR IN THE DUST
    GUN FOR A COWARD
    Koch Media Germany

    Also Koch’s Blu Ray’s of TARANTULA! and THE INCREDIBLE
    SHRINKING MAN are well recommended.

    Future releases…..
    ROLLERCOASTER
    Elephant Films France
    One of the very best “disaster” movies.
    COMANCHE STATION
    Explosive Germany
    RIDE LONESOME
    Koch Germany.

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  3. Hi John! Thanks a million for that great list of titles – much appreciated!

    Kennedy’s role as the cigar chomping Patroni is one of the highlights of the original AIRPORT. I have the DVD set of all the AIRPORT films, but haven’t watched the sequels in a looong time.

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