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George Kennedy, ‘Cool Hand Luke’ Actor, Dead At 91

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George Kennedy poses April 10,1968 together with his Oscar in Santa Monica, Calif, after he was introduced with it as Best Supporting Actor, for his position in “Cool Hand Luke.” 

George Kennedy, recognized for his position in “Cool Hand Luke,” has died, stories TMZ. He was ninety one years previous. 

The actor’s grandson, Cory Schenkel, confirmed that Kennedy, who had been underneath hospice look after the final month, died early Sunday morning in Boise, Idaho. He additionally informed TMZ that Kennedy had been coping with well being points since his spouse Joan’s demise simply over a yr in the past. 

Schenkel additionally shared a touching word about each of his grandparents on Facebook, writing, “While I am extraordinarily unhappy that they’re each gone … I am grateful for the life, reminiscences, and information they shared with me.” 

Born in New York City to a ballet dancer and an orchestra chief, Kennedy discovered success in each tv and movie. The actor appeared in over 200 roles all through his distinguished profession. 

He began out appearing in TV westerns similar to “Maverick” (1960) and “Colt .forty five” (1959). Soon after, he garnered minor roles in movies like “Lonely Are the Brave” (1962) and “The Flight of the Phoenix” (1965). But it was within the late Nineteen Sixties when he was forged in his largest roles, together with Dragline in “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), for which he gained an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. 

Kennedy labored all through the ’70s and ’80s, enjoying quite a lot of totally different characters, like Ed Hocken in “The Naked Gun: Form the Files of Police Squad!” (1988). He appeared within the movie (and its sequels) alongside Leslie Nielsen. 

Kennedy’s final movie was 2014’s “The Gambler,” starring Mark Wahlberg. 

Stars, comparable to Bo Derek and Albert Brooks have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to the late actor. 

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