George Kennedy, ‘Cool Hand Luke’ Actor, Dies

George Kennedy, an accomplished actor best known for his Oscar-winning role in Cool Hand Luke, died at 91 on Monday.

According to TMZ, Kennedy was in poor health since the death of his wife last year, and was in hospice care at the time of his death.

Kennedy won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as “Dragline” in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke. He was also a notable character in the Naked Gun series, Airport, The Dirty Dozen, Earthquake among other films.

Kennedy also played the rancher Carter McKay for three seasons of television show Dallas. His television acting career also included appearances on The Andy Griffith ShowBonanza, Maverick, Gunsmoke Have Gun Will Travel and many more.

His most recent appearance was in the 2014 film The Gambler, starring Mark Wahlberg.

Kennedy was born in New York City. He made his stage debut at the young age of 2. His first gig in show business was as a radio performer. He served in the Army during World War II as both a soldier and member of the Armed Forces Radio.

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George Kennedy, ‘Cool Hand Luke’ Actor, Dies