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).


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


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


  • Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas, United States
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

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