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ARTHUR KENNEDY BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Arthur Kennedy was born on February 17th, 1924 in Worcester, Massachusetts with the birth name John Arthur Kennedy.  He was the son of Helen Thompson and J.T. Kennedy who worked as a doctor.  Kennedy graduated from Worcester Academy and then attended the Carnegie Mello School of Drama.
 
By the age of twenty he was very involved with local theater groups.  His first professional job was working as a stage actor with the Globe theatre Company touring the Midwest doing shortened version of Shakespeare.  This job followed with an appearance on Broadway in the play, "Everywhere I Roam" (1938).  This same year Kennedy married his one and only wife, Mary Cheffrey whom he remained married to until she passed away.  Two more Broadway appearances followed on, "Life and Death of an American" (1939) and "An International Incident" (1940). 

After he and his wife decided to relocate to Los Angeles, Kennedy was performing on stage and was discovered by another actor, James Cagney whom chose to cast Kennedy in the film, "City for Conquest" (1940) portraying Cagney's brother.
 
From his role in his first feature film, Warner brothers offered him a contract.  From this point he was cast in a variety of films such as, "High Sierra" (1941) starring Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino, "They Died With Their Boots On" (1941) starring Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan and "Air Force" (1943).    
 
Like many other male actors of this era, he took a brief break from acting to serve in the military for his country during World War II.  Upon his return back to the industry, he chose to pursue stage acting for a bit.  He appeared in Arthur Miller's play, "All My Sons" (1947) and also, "Death of a Salesman" (1949) in which he won a Tony Award as Best Supporting Actor. 
 
It was not long before he returned back to working in films.  Appearing in many films where he was establishing himself as one of the best and most talented supporting actors.  Some of the more well known films were, "Champion" (1949) starring Kirk Douglas, "The Glass Menagerie" (1950) and "Bright Victory" (1951) for which he won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for his role.   

Even moving into the 1950's when many character actors were having trouble getting decent film roles, Kennedy was still a highly desired actor.  He worked on such films as, "Rancho Notorious" (1951) starring Marlene Dietrich, Mel Ferrer and George Reeves, "Trial" (1955) in which he won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for, "Elmer Gantry" (1960) starring Burt Lancaster and Jean Simmons, "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962) starring Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Omar Sharif and Anthony Quinn and "Cheyenne Autumn" (1964) directed by John Ford with an all-star cast consisting of James Stewart, Ricardo Montalban, Gilbert Roland, Richard Widmark, Edward G. Robinson, Dolores del Rio, Sal Mineo, Carroll Baker and Karl Malden and "Nevada Smith" (1966) starring Steve McQueen, Brian Keith, Karl Malden, Martin Landau and Suzanne Pleshette.

As he began to age, film roles began becoming less available and he would make several appearances here and there on television.  By the 1980's Kennedy retired from acting completely.  As he aged he became very ill suffering from thyroid cancer and eye disease.   

Arthur Kennedy passed away on January 5th, 1990 in Branford, Connecticut from a brain tumor at the age of seventy five.  He was interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Lequille, Nova Scotia Canada.  He is survived by his two children, Terence and Laurie Kennedy who also became an actress.     
 
Regardless of the fact that Kennedy and another fellow actor, Claude Rains both share the record of losing four nominations for the Academy Award Best Supporting Actor, he was one of the premier character actors in American film.
 
Filmography

1990   Grandpa
1989   I figli del vento
1989   Signs of Life
1980   Emmanuelle on Taboo Island 
1979   Gli ultimi angeli 
1979   The Humanoid 
1978   Cyclone 
1978   Covert Action 
1978   Porco mondo 
1978   Cave of the Sharks 
1977   Nove ospiti per un delitto 
1977   The Sentinel 
1976   As of Tomorrow
1976   Roma a mano armata  
1975   La polizia ha le mani legate 
1974   Nakia 
1974   Let Sleeping Corpses Lie 
1974   L'anticristo 
1974   Lincoln 
1974   The Man from Independence 
1973   The President's Plane Is Missing
1973   Ricco 
1973   Baciamo le mani 
1972   Crawlspace
1971   A Death of Innocence
1971   My Old Man's Place 
1970   The Movie Murderer
1969   CBS Playhouse
1969   Hail, Hero! 
1969   Caine  
1968   Anzio 
1968   Un minuto per pregare, un instante per morire 
1968   Day of the Evil Gun 
1967   Monday's Child 
1966   ABC Stage 67
1966   Fantastic Voyage 
1966   Nevada Smith  
1965   Joy in the Morning 
1965   Murieta  
1964   The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
1964   Cheyenne Autumn 
1964   Attack and Retreat 
1962-1964  The DuPont Show of the Week 
1964   Suspense
1964   Kraft Suspense Theatre
1963   Espionage
1962   Lawrence of Arabia
1962   Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man  
1961   Barabbas 
1961   Alcoa Premiere
1961   Claudelle Inglish 
1961   Murder She Said 
1960   Sunday Showcase
1960   Elmer Gantry 
1960   Playhouse 90 
1960   G.E. True Theater
1959   A Summer Place  
1959   Our American Heritage
1959   Home Is the Hero 
1959   The Ten Commandments
1959   Zane Grey Theater 
1958   Some Came Running 
1958   Twilight for the Gods 
1958   Rendezvous 
1957   Peyton Place 
1957   Impulse 
1956   Ethel Barrymore Theater  
1955   The Rawhide Years 
1955   The Naked Dawn
1955   Trial  
1955   The Desperate Hours
1955   The Man from Laramie 
1955   Crashout 
1954   The Ford Television Theatre 
1952   The Lusty Men  
1952   The Girl in White 
1952   Rancho Notorious  
1952   Bend of the River  
1951   Red Mountain 
1951   Bright Victory 
1950   The Glass Menagerie
1949   Chicago Deadline 
1949   Too Late for Tears
1949   The Window
1949   Champion 
1949   The Walking Hills 
1947   Cheyenne
1947   Boomerang!  
1946   Devotion 
1945   Time to Kill 
1944   Resisting Enemy Interrogation 
1943   Air Force  
1942   Desperate Journey 
1941   They Died with Their Boots On 
1941   Highway West 
1941   Bad Men of Missouri  
1941   Strange Alibi 
1941   Knockout 
1941   High Sierra 
1940   City for Conquest  





Matinee Classics - A Summer Place starring Richard Egan, Dorothy McGuire, Troy Donahue, Sandra Dee, Arthur Kennedy and Constance Ford
Matinee Classics - Champion starring Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy, Ruth Roman and John Daheim
Matinee Classics - Champion starring Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy, Ruth Roman and John Daheim
Matinee Classics - Champion starring Kirk Douglas, Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy, Ruth Roman and John Daheim
Matinee Classics - Chicago Deadline starring Alan Ladd, Donna Reed, June Havoc, Arthur Kennedy, Berry Kroeger, Harold Vermilyea, Shepperd Strudwick, Dave Willock, Gavin Muir, John Beal, Tom Powers, Howard Freeman and Paul Lees
Matinee Classics - Impulse starring Arthur Kennedy, Constance Smith, Joy Shelton, James Carney and Jack Allen
Matinee Classics - Murder She Said starring Margaret Rutherford, Arthur Kennedy, Muriel Pavlow, James Robertson Justice, Thorley Walters, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Conrad Phillips, Ronald Howard, Joan Hickson, Stringer Davis, Ronnie Raymond, Gerald Cross, Michael Golde, Gordon Harris and Barbara Leake
Matinee Classics - Nevada Smith starring Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Arthur Kennedy, Suzanne Pleshette, Raf Vallone, Janet Margolin, Pat Hingle, Howard Da Silva, Paul Fix, Iron Eyes Cody, James Breden, Gene Evans, Josephine Hutchinson, John Doucette and Val Avery
Matinee Classics - Nevada Smith starring Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Arthur Kennedy, Suzanne Pleshette, Raf Vallone, Janet Margolin, Pat Hingle, Howard Da Silva, Paul Fix, Iron Eyes Cody, James Breden, Gene Evans, Josephine Hutchinson, John Doucette and Val Avery
Matinee Classics - Nevada Smith starring Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Arthur Kennedy, Suzanne Pleshette, Raf Vallone, Janet Margolin, Pat Hingle, Howard Da Silva, Paul Fix, Iron Eyes Cody, James Breden, Gene Evans, Josephine Hutchinson, John Doucette and Val Avery


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