Oscar winning actor George Kennedy died

Mar 1, 2016 11:00 IST

Oscar winning actor George Kennedy, who won Academy Award for the 1960s classic Cool Hand Luke, died in the city of Boise, Idaho on 28 February 2016. He was 91.

He won an Oscar in 1968 as Best Supporting Actor for portraying Dragline (a savage chain-gang convict) opposite Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke. The movie garnered four Academy Award nominations, and Kennedy was named best supporting actor.

He won an Oscar in 1968 for Best Supporting Actor for portraying Dragline (a savage chain-gang convict) opposite Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke.

He also made memorable appearances in Earthquake and Airport 1975.

After acting in serious roles for most of his career, Kennedy threw himself into comedy as Captain Ed Hocken, the sidekick to Leslie Nielsen’s bumbling cop Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun films.

His other films included The Dirty Dozen, The Eiger Sanction, Airport, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, Don't Come Knocking, The Gambler and Death on the Nile among others.

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