George Kennedy

  • Birth Name: George Harris Kennedy Jr.
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: February 28, 2016
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Father was a musician and orchestra leader; mother was a ballet dancer.
  • Made stage debut at the age of 2 in a touring company of Bringing Up Father.
  • Enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943 and served for 16 years, including duty during World War II. Later, he became a disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio.
  • While serving in the Army, he helped open the first Army Information Office, which provides technical assistance to films and television shows.
  • After his Army career ended, he became a technical advisor for The Phil Silvers Show and landed a few uncredited appearances, which ignited his acting career.
  • His first speaking role in a major film came in 1960's Spartacus in which he was the last slave to famously exclaim "I am Spartacus."
  • Legally adopted his granddaughter Taylor after his daughter, Shaunna, was deemed an unfit parent.
  • Authored three books: mysteries Murder on Location (1983) and Murder on High (1984) and an autobiography titled Trust Me (2011).


  • 1968, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1967, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1971, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee


  • George Kennedy Sr. — Father
  • Joan McCarthy — Wife (deceased)
  • Taylor Kennedy — Daughter
  • Shaunna Kennedy — Daughter
  • Betty Kennedy — Daughter
  • Norma Wurman — Ex-wife
  • Helen Meade — Mother


  • Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, United States
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