Oscar Winner George Kennedy, 91, Dies in Idaho 

click to enlarge George Kennedy, 91, died Feb. 28, 2016. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

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 (aka Bilko) on CBS.

Kennedy's acting career began with Spartacus in 1960 and included nearly 200 films, such as Charade, In Harm's Way, Earthquake, 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.

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