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George Kennedy Net Worth

George Kennedy net worth is

$5 Million

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George Kennedy was an awarded actor born on 18th February 1925, in New York City, USA, and is probably best remembered for his role of “Dragline” in “Cool Hand Luke”(1967), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and was nominated for the matching Golden Globe.

Have you ever wondered how rich George Kennedy was? According to sources, it has been estimated that George Kennedy’s overall net worth was over $5 million, acquired during his successful acting career, which lasted for over 50 years.

George Kennedy Net Worth $5 Million

George was raised by his mother, as his father died when he was only four years old. As his maternal grandfather was a German immigrant, Kennedy is of German, but also Irish and English descent. When it comes to acting, he made his stage debut when he was only two in a touring company staging “Bringing Up Father”, and five years later he had already become a New York City radio DJ. With the arrival of World War II, George joined the U.S. military, staying in this profession until the late ‘50s, and reaching a rank of captain, before an injury persuaded him to find a different occupation. This was when he turned towards acting, and got his first notable role in the TV sitcom “The Phil Silvers Show”. However, his film career started in 1961 in “The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come”, soon followed many other roles such as in Kirk Douglas’s western “Lonely Are the Brave”(1962), “Charade”(1963), “Strait-Jacket”(1964) , and including four films in just a year – “Mirage”, “The Flight of the Phoenix”, “In Harm’s Way” and “The Sons of Katie Elder” all filmed in 1965. His net worth was growing steadily.

A year later, he appeared in the ABC western series “The Legend of Jesse James”, portraying the role of “Blodgett”, and then was cast in probably his best known role in the prison drama film “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), in which he played a convict next to Paul Newman; this part brought him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and a Laurel Award for Male Supporting Performance, plus being nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture.

Kennedy continued his career with films such as “The Dirty Dozen”, “Bandolero!”, “The Boston Strangler”, the Academy Award-winning film “Airport” and its three sequels, and many others. George also appeared on television, mainly in TV series such as “Sarge”, “The Blue Knight” and “Dallas”. When it comes to his last activity, Kennedy made his final film appearance as Ed in “The Gambler”(2014), in which he had a cameo role in the film’s opening scene. George received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to motion pictures.

In his personal life, Kennedy was married four times. His first marriage was in the 1940s to Dorothy Gillooly with whom he had a son. His second marriage was to Norma Wurman, whom he divorced for the first time in 1971, remarried two years later and finally divorced in 1978. The couple had two children. After divorcing from his second wife, George married Joan McCarthy with whom he remained until her death in September 2015, raising three adopted children. died on 28th February 2016 in Middleton, Ohio, USA

Full Name George Kennedy
Net Worth $5 Million
Date Of Birth February 18, 1925
Died February 28, 2016
Place Of Birth New York City, New York, United States
Height 1.9 m
Profession Voice Actor, Writer, Soldier
Education Chaminade High School, Tarleton State University
Nationality American
Spouse Dorothy Gillooly, Norma Wurman, Joan McCarthy
Children Shaunna Kennedy, Taylor Kennedy, Betty Kennedy
Parents Helen A. Kieselbach, George Harris Kennedy
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001421/
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Movies Cool Hand Luke, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, Charade, The Dirty Dozen, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Airport, The Gambler, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, The Eiger Sanction, Naked Gun 33?: The Final Insult, The Sons of Katie Elder, The Flight of the Phoenix, Guns of the Magnif…
TV Shows Dallas, The Blue Knight, Sarge, Backstairs at the White House, Santo Bugito
# Trademark
1 Deep baritone voice
2 Frequently played dependable sidekicks
3 Frequently played gruff blue-collar characters
# Quote
1 [on being cast in bad guy roles on television Westerns at the start of his acting career] The big guys were on television and they needed big lumps to eat up. All I had to do was show up on the set, and I got beaten up.
2 [on his role as Dragline in Cool Hand Luke (1967)] The marvelous thing about that movie was that as my part progresses, I changed from a bad guy to a good guy. The moguls in Hollywood must have said, “Hey, this fellow can do something besides be a bad guy.”.
3 I had the good fortune of speaking with Orson Welles many decades ago and he said “Success is primarily luck anyway.” And I have been very lucky. Of course, Orson Welles was enormously talented and brilliant – so who am I to argue with him!
4 I have been so fortunate and I really am appreciative of the success I’ve had.
5 My father died when I was 4 years old, so I can’t really say anything about his hearing.
6 Of course, I also attribute some of my hearing loss to being in the infantry in World War II. It’s probably a combination of heredity and noise exposure.
7 When you think of a movie, most people imagine a two hour finished, polished product. But to get to that two hour product, it can take hundreds or thousands of people many months of full time work.
# Fact
1 He died only nine days before his Cool Hand Luke (1967) co-star Richard Davalos.
2 He underwent emergency triple heart bypass surgery in 2002.
3 After World War II, a bizarre medical condition – his left leg was shorter than his right by three inches – left him in traction for two years.
4 Following high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 with the hope to become a fighter pilot in the Army Air Corps. Instead, he wound up in the infantry, served under General George S. Patton and distinguished himself in valor. He won two Bronze Stars and four rows of combat and service ribbons.
5 His father was a pianist and a composer/conductor at the Proctor’s Theater in Manhattan, and his mother danced with vaudeville’s “Le Ballet Classique”.
6 A former United States Army career soldier, Kennedy played a series of villains in motion pictures. He attacked Cary Grant with a steel claw in Stanley Donen‘s Charade (1963), pursued Joan Crawford with an ax in Strait-Jacket (1964), attempted to assassinate Gregory Peck in Mirage (1965) and kicked Jeff Bridges to death in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974).
7 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame 6356 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 3, 1991.
8 His maternal grandfather was a German immigrant. His other ancestry included Irish and English.
9 Was considered for the role of Lex Luthor in Superman (1978), which went to Gene Hackman.
10 His daughter Betty is also an actress. He also has a son, George Harris Kennedy III.
11 Attended and graduated from Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York (1943).
12 Attended and graduated from John Tarleton Agricultural College (now Tarleton State University at Stephenville, Texas).
13 Before his acting career really took off, he served as a military consultant on The Phil Silvers Show (1955).
14 As a United States Army officer in World War II, he served under General George S. Patton, and later went on to portray Patton in Brass Target (1978).
15 Due to his tall, enormously broad frame, Kennedy was frequently cast in the 1960s and 1970s as bullies and thugs, and had the distinction of brutalizing stars like Cary Grant, Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood on-screen while gaining a reputation off-screen as one of the nicest actors around. By his 60s, he finally got the chance to play friendlier characters, such as lovable Captain Ed Hocken in the “Naked Gun” movies.
16 Recently hosted the creation of a driving safety video.
17 He was the only actor to appear in all four of the “Airport” movie series.
18 In the early 1970s, Paramount Pictures had plans that were unrealized to remake Double Indemnity (1944) with Kennedy in the Edward G. Robinson role.
19 Kennedy is often mistakenly credited with a bit part in Spartacus (1960). Stuntman Bob Morgan resembles Kennedy closely, and it is he who is seen saying “I’m Spartacus!” in the famous scene. Kennedy had nothing to do with the film.
20 He and Joan McCarthy adopted their granddaughter in 1998, after their daughter was ruled unfit.
21 He enlisted in the United States Army during World War II and went on to serve 16 years, both in combat, and in his later years, as an Armed Forces Radio and Television officer.
22 He and his wife Joan McCarthy adopted four children, including his granddaughter Taylor, whose mother, also adopted by Kennedy, had become addicted to drugs and alcohol.


Title Year Status Character
Bandolero! 1968 Sheriff July Johnson
Gomer Pyle: USMC 1968 TV Series M.P.
Cool Hand Luke 1967 Dragline
Tarzan 1967 TV Series Crandell
The Dirty Dozen 1967 Maj. Max Armbruster
Hurry Sundown 1967 Sheriff Coombs
The Ballad of Josie 1967 Arch Ogden
The Virginian 1964-1966 TV Series Huck Harkness / Tom ‘Bear’ Suchette / Jack Marshman
Dr. Kildare 1963-1966 TV Series Sergeant Hensley / Joe Cramer
Gunsmoke 1960-1966 TV Series Ben Payson / Cyrus / Stark / …
The Big Valley 1966 TV Series Jack Thatcher
The Legend of Jesse James 1966 TV Series Blodgett
Laredo 1965 TV Series Jess Moran
The Flight of the Phoenix 1965 Bellamy
A Man Called Shenandoah 1965 TV Series Mitchell Canady
Daniel Boone 1965 TV Series Zach Morgan
The Sons of Katie Elder 1965 Curley
Shenandoah 1965 Col. Fairchild
Mirage 1965 Willard
In Harm’s Way 1965 Colonel Gregory
Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte 1964 Foreman
The Rogues 1964 TV Series Major Vyx
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1964 TV Series George Martin
Bonanza 1961-1964 TV Series Waldo Watson / Peter Long
See How They Run 1964 TV Movie Rudy
Island of the Blue Dolphins 1964 Aleut Captain
McHale’s Navy 1964 Henri Le Clerc
McHale’s Navy 1963-1964 TV Series Big Frenchy
The Great Adventure 1964 TV Series Sergeant Mulduney
Strait-Jacket 1964 Leo Krause
The Farmer’s Daughter 1963 TV Series Olaf Bjornsen
Charade 1963 Herman Scobie
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters 1963 TV Series Angus
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1963 TV Series Der
Grindl 1963 TV Series Lefty
The Fugitive 1963 TV Series Elevator Operator
Kraft Mystery Theater 1962-1963 TV Series Jake
The Andy Griffith Show 1963 TV Series State Police Detective
Perry Mason 1963 TV Series George Spangler
The Man from the Diners’ Club 1963 George
Alcoa Premiere 1962-1963 TV Series Lincoln / Jake
Have Gun – Will Travel 1960-1963 TV Series Brother Grace / Big Jim / Rud Saxon / …
77 Sunset Strip 1963 TV Series Armstrong
Going My Way 1962 TV Series Mike
The Silent Witness 1962 Gus Jordan
Lonely Are the Brave 1962 Deputy Sheriff Gutierrez
Thriller 1962 TV Series John Paterson
Outlaws 1962 TV Series Joe Ferris
The Tall Man 1961-1962 TV Series Hyram Killgore / Jake Newton
Tales of Wells Fargo 1962 TV Series Hawk
Death Valley Days 1962 TV Series Steamboat Sully
Rawhide 1962 TV Series George Wales
The Untouchables 1961 TV Series Birdie
The Red Skelton Hour 1961 TV Series Ship’s Purser
Bat Masterson 1961 TV Series Sheriff Zeke Armitage
The Asphalt Jungle 1961 TV Series Detective Kolb Det. Kolb
The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come 1961 Nathan Dillon
The Americans 1961 TV Series Hoon
Gunslinger 1961 TV Series Sheriff
Klondike 1961 TV Series Ira Shallop
Surfside 6 1961 TV Series Gabe Buchanan
The Case of the Dangerous Robin 1961 TV Series
Riverboat 1960 TV Series Gunner Slagle
Route 66 1960 TV Series Thad Skinner
Maverick 1960 TV Series Deputy Jones
Peter Gunn 1960 TV Series Karl
Sugarfoot 1959-1960 TV Series Ross Kuhn / Sykes
Laramie 1960 TV Series Gallagher Henchman
Lawman 1960 TV Series Burt
Shotgun Slade 1960 TV Series Tex
The Deputy 1959 TV Series Tex
Cheyenne 1959 TV Series Lee Nelson
Colt .45 1959 TV Series Hank
The Phil Silvers Show 1956-1959 TV Series MP Sgt. Kennedy
The Gambler 2014/III Ed
Another Happy Day 2011 Joe Baker
The Young and the Restless 2003-2010 TV Series Albert Miller
Mad Mad Wagon Party 2010 JB Scotch
Six Days in Paradise 2010 Monty Crenshaw
The Man Who Came Back 2008 Judge Duke
Sands of Oblivion 2007 TV Movie John Tevis
Don’t Come Knocking 2005 Director
Truce 2005 Dr. Peter Gannon
Three Bad Men 2005 Ed Fiske
The Devil’s Due at Midnight 2004 Video short Professor Zebediah Jones
Monster Makers 2003 TV Movie Dexter Brisbane
View from the Top 2003 Passenger Requesting Vodka (uncredited)
Men in White 1998 TV Movie General Vice
Dennis the Menace Strikes Again! 1998 Video Grandpa
Small Soldiers 1998 Brick Bazooka (voice)
Dallas: War of the Ewings 1998 TV Movie Carter McKay
Bayou Ghost 1997 Officer Lowe
Aaahh!!! Real Monsters 1997 TV Series Bones Duvalier
Cats Don’t Dance 1997 L.B. Mammoth (voice)
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest 1996 TV Series General Axton
Dallas: J.R. Returns 1996 TV Movie Carter McKay
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man 1995 TV Series Movie Director
The Commish 1995 TV Series Al Scali
Santo Bugito 1995 TV Series Ralph
River of Stone 1994
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult 1994 Ed Hocken
Lonesome Dove: The Series 1994 TV Series Judge J.T. ‘Rope’ Calder
Distant Justice 1992 Tom Bradfield
Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story 1992 TV Movie Father Dave
Intensive Care 1991 Dr. Bruckner
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear 1991 Ed Hocken
Driving Me Crazy 1991 John McCready
Dallas 1988-1991 TV Series Carter McKay
Hangfire 1991 Warden E. Barles
Good Cops, Bad Cops 1990 TV Movie Kirkland
Mayumi 1990
Hired to Kill 1990 Thomas
Brain Dead 1990 Vance
Esmeralda Bay 1989 Wilson
Ministry of Vengeance 1989 Rev. Hughes
The Terror Within 1989 Hal
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! 1988 Ed Hocken
Uninvited 1988 Video Mike Harvey
Top Line 1988 Heinrich Holzmann
Death Street USA 1988 Sheriff Hanks
Demonwarp 1988 Bill Crafton
Counterforce 1988 Vince Colby
Born to Race 1988 Vincent Duplain
What Price Victory 1988 TV Movie Big Buck Brayton
Private Road: No Trespassing 1987 Video Sam Milshaw
Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues 1987 TV Movie Gen. Nelson Miles
The Gunfighters 1987 TV Movie Deke Turner
Creepshow 2 1987 Ray Spruce (segment “Old Chief Wood’nhead”)
Liberty 1986 TV Movie Seamus Reilly
The Delta Force 1986 Father O’Malley
Savage Dawn 1985 Tick Rand
Radioactive Dreams 1985 Spade Chandler
International Airport 1985 TV Movie Rudy Van Leuven
Rigged 1985 Ben
Half Nelson 1985 TV Movie
The Love Boat 1984 TV Series Erik Larsen
Bolero 1984 Cotton
The Jesse Owens Story 1984 TV Movie Charles ‘Charley’ Riley
Rare Breed 1984 Nathan Hill
Chattanooga Choo Choo 1984 Bert
Fantasy Island 1983 TV Series Adam Cobb
Wacko 1982 Mr. Doctor Graves
Just Before Dawn 1981 Roy McLean
The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire 1981 TV Movie Brakus
Hotwire 1980 Farley & Harley Fontenot
Day of Resurrection 1980 Adm. Conway
Death Ship 1980 Captain Ashland
The Concorde… Airport ’79 1979 Capt. Joe Patroni
Steel 1979 Big Lew Cassidy
Never Say Never 1979 TV Movie Harry Walter
The Double McGuffin 1979 Chief Talasek
Backstairs at the White House 1979 TV Mini-Series President Warren G. Harding
Search and Destroy 1979 Anthony Fusqua
Brass Target 1978 Gen. George S. Patton
Death on the Nile 1978 Andrew Pennington
Mean Dog Blues 1978 Captain Omar Kinsman
Ningen no shômei 1977 Ken Shuftan
Airport ’77 1977 Joe Patroni
The ‘Human’ Factor 1975 John Kinsdale
The Eiger Sanction 1975 Ben Bowman
Sonic Boom 1974 Short Ben Dover
Earthquake 1974 Slade
Airport 1975 1974 Joe Patroni
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot 1974 Red Leary
A Cry in the Wilderness 1974 TV Movie Sam Hadley
Deliver Us from Evil 1973 TV Movie Walter ‘Cowboy’ McAdams
Cahill U.S. Marshal 1973 Fraser
Lost Horizon 1973 Sam Cornelius
A Great American Tragedy 1972 TV Movie Brad Wilkes
Sarge 1971-1972 TV Series Father Samuel Cavanaugh / Sarge Swanson
Ironside 1971 TV Series Father Samuel Cavanaugh
Fools’ Parade 1971 ‘Doc’ Council
Dirty Dingus Magee 1970 Herkimer ‘Hoke’ Birdsill
Zig Zag 1970 Paul R. Cameron
Airport 1970 Patroni
…tick… tick… tick… 1970 John Little
Gaily, Gaily 1969 Axel P. Johanson
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys 1969 McKay
Guns of the Magnificent Seven 1969 Chris
The Boston Strangler 1968 Det. Phil DiNatale
The Legend of Lylah Clare 1968 Matt Burke (uncredited)
The Pink Jungle 1968 Sammy Ryderbeit


Title Year Status Character
The Phil Silvers Show 1956-1959 TV Series technical advisor – 52 episodes


Title Year Status Character
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus! 2010 special thanks
A Natural Born World-Shaker: Making ‘Cool Hand Luke’ 2008 Video documentary short special thanks


Title Year Status Character
A Natural Born World-Shaker: Making ‘Cool Hand Luke’ 2008 Video documentary short Himself
Greatest Ever Disaster Movies 2007 TV Movie Himself
Stormy Seas: The Voyage from Bloodstar to Death Ship 2007 Video documentary short Himself
Armed and Deadly: The Making of ‘The Dirty Dozen’ 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The Complete History of U.S. Wars 1700-2004 2005 TV Series Himself – Host
The 75th Annual Academy Awards 2003 TV Special Himself – Past Winner
75 Years of the Academy Awards: An Unofficial History 2003 TV Special documentary Himself – Interviewee
Dobe and a Company of Heroes 2002 TV Movie Himself
Hollywood Greats 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
The O’Reilly Factor 2002 TV Series Himself
Holy War, Un-Holy Victory 2001 TV Movie documentary Himself – Host
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself – Past Winner (uncredited)
Wings 1996 TV Series Himself
Summerslam 1994 TV Special Himself
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1987 TV Special Himself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself – Audience Member
Good Morning America 1979-1986 TV Series Himself
Benson 1986 TV Series Himself
The Jupiter Menace 1982 Documentary Himself
Counterattack: Crime in America 1982 TV Series documentary Host
Saturday Night Live 1981 TV Series Himself – Host / Various
The Alan Thicke Show 1980-1981 TV Series Himself
Modern Romance 1981 Himself and Zeron
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart 1980 TV Special documentary Himself / Speaker (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show 1973-1979 TV Series Himself – Actor / Himself
The 50th Annual Academy Awards 1978 TV Special Himself – Past Winner
Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette 1978 TV Short Himself / Andrew Pennington
Match Game 73 1976-1977 TV Series Himself – Panelist / Himself
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Himself
The Lion Roars Again 1975 Documentary short Himself
The Hollywood Squares 1974-1975 TV Series Himself
Match Game PM 1975 TV Series Himself – Panelist
Don Adams’ Screen Test 1975 TV Series
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Telly Savalas 1974 TV Special Himself
ABC Late Night 1974 TV Series Himself
The Dean Martin Show 1973 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1971-1973 TV Series Himself
Jerry Visits 1971 TV Series Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1967-1969 TV Series Himself
The 40th Annual Academy Awards 1968 TV Special Himself – Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

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Won Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1993 Special Award ShoWest Convention, USA Special Award of Merit
1991 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 3 October 1991. At 6356 Hollywood Blvd.
1990 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards
1968 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Cool Hand Luke (1967)
1968 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Male Supporting Performance Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Nominated Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1985 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Bolero (1984)
1978 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Brass Target (1978)
1971 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture Airport (1970)
1968 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor Cool Hand Luke (1967)

3rd Place Awards

Year Award Ceremony Nomination Movie
1971 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Best Supporting Performance, Male Airport (1970)

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