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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 also showed off his comedy chops in the Naked Gun movie series, and featured in disaster films Airport 1975 and Earthquake.
Kennedy last appeared on the big screen in Mark Wahlberg’s 2014 release, The Gambler.

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