The news comes to us that actor George Kennedy has passed at the tender age of 91. The Hollywood tough guy joined the Army in 1942 during World War II at the age of 17. He offered technical support to movies and the media of the day. He served for 16 years leaving the service as a captain. His first civilian job was as military technical adviser to “The Phil Silvers Show” which launched him into movie acting. His first movie role was in Spartacus and the photo above is from “The Dirty Dozen”. He is probably best remembered for his comedic roles in Airplane! and the Naked Gun series. For me, the first time I noticed him was as Ben Bowman in the Clint Eastwood movie, The Eiger Sanction.
According to Fox News, in later life, he became an advocate for adopted children, adopting four himself.
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