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George Kennedy dies at 91

Oscar winner George Kennedy has passed away at the age of 91.
The New York native, who had been receiving hospice care for the past month, died early on Sunday (28Feb16) in Boise, Idaho, reports TMZ.com. His grandson, Cory Shenkel, reveals Kennedy had been battling ill health since losing his wife, Joan, in 2014.
The actor began working in Hollywood in the 1960s, landing small roles in films like Spartacus, Charade, Strait-Jacket, and In Harm’s Way.
However, it was his breakout role as convict Dragline in 1967’s Cool Hand Luke, opposite the late Paul Newman, which catapulted him to fame and earned him the Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1968.
He went on to show off his comedy chops in the Naked Gun movie series, and also featured in Academy Award-winning disaster film Airport and its subsequent sequels.
Kennedy’s other notable screen credits include Clint Eastwood projects Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and The Eiger Sanction, and 1974’s Earthquake, in which he co-starred with Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner.
He also appeared in The Dirty Dozen, Bandolero!, Bolero, and the Agatha Christie murder mystery Death on the Nile, while his TV gigs included roles on Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, and Dallas. He later returned to the small screen in U.S. soap opera The Young and the Restless in 2003.
Kennedy’s last acting credit was for Mark Wahlberg’s 2014 release, The Gambler.

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