George Kennedy, the Oscar-winning actor who found a home in Idaho, died Sunday, Feb. 28. The Canyon County coroner confirmed Kennedy, 91, died at The Cottages, an assisted living facility, in Middleton.
Kennedy, a World War II veteran, entered show business behind the camera as a technical adviser for The Phil Silvers Show
) on CBS.
Kennedy's acting career began with Spartacus
in 1960 and included nearly 200 films, such as Charade
, In Harm's Way
, The Eiger Sanction
, The Dirty Dozen
and The Boston Strangler
. He is remembered by many as airline troubleshooter Joe Patroni in Airport
and three sequels.
It was in Cool Hand Luke
, opposite Paul Newman, that Kennedy won the Oscar as Best Supporting Actor, beating out other legendary actors John Cassavetes (The Dirty Dozen
) and Gene Hackman (Bonnie and Clyde
) in 1967. Kennedy also starred in countless television shows including Dallas
, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Andy Griffith Show
and his own two series, Sarge
and The Blue Knight,
both in the 1970s.
Kennedy's grandson, Cory Schenkel announced his grandfather's passing on his Facebook page.