George Harris Kennedy, Jr. (born February 18, 1925) is an Academy-Award winning American actor who has appeared in over 200 film and television productions. He is widely familiar as Joe Patroni in the Airport series of disaster movies from the 1970s, or more recently as Captain Ed Hocken from the Naked Gun trilogy.
Kennedy was born in New York City, New York into a show business family; his father, George Harris Kennedy, a musician and orchestra leader, died when Kennedy was four years old. He was raised by his mother, Helen A. (Kieselbach), a ballet dancer. He made his stage debut at the age of two, later becoming a radio performer. Kennedy put aside show business during World War II and spent sixteen years in the United States Army, seeing combat and working in the Armed Forces radio. After retiring from the military (reportedly because of a back injury), Kennedy found his way back to the entertainment industry.
Kennedy resides in Eagle, Idaho. He is married to Joan McCarthy and has...
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Don't Come Knocking is a 2005 film, a comedy-drama road movie directed by German director Wim Wenders and written by Wenders and actor/playwright Sam Shepard. The two had previously collaborated on Paris, Texas twenty years previously, to which this film bears superficial story similarities, albeit told in a much lighter tone.Shepard stars as Howard Spence, an aging, hard-living Western movie star, who, disgusted with his life, flees by horse from the set of his latest western filming in the desert outside Moab, Utah. He hits the road looking for refuge in his past, traveling to his hometown of Elko, Nevada and, eventually, to Butte, Montana, looking for a woman (Jessica Lange) he left behind twenty years before when he was filming a movie there. Spence is doggedly pursued by Mr. Sutter (Tim Roth), a humorless representative of the insurance company insuring Spence's latest film: Mr. Sutter's job is to return Spence to the set to finish filming the movie. Also converging on Butte is a...,
Small Soldiers is an 1998 action/science fiction film featuring Gregory Smith and Kirsten Dunst with the voice talents of Tommy Lee Jones and Frank Langella. The film is directed by Joe Dante.
The film's setting is New Braunfels, Texas. The movie is about action toys that begin a real war against each other, as a result of being inadvertently equipped with intelligent military computer chips.
Tagline:The few, the proud, and the small.At the beginning of the film, toymaker Heartland Playsystems is acquired by the multinational conglomerate GloboTech Industries, which is expanding from manufacturing high-quality military hardware, into the more profitable consumer markets. Everyone at Heartland is fired except for two employees: a slick executive named Larry Benson (Jay Mohr) and the not so charismatic scientist Irwin Wayfair (David Cross), the two men responsible for developing the most popular toy in Heartland's history. GloboTech CEO Gil Mars (Denis Leary), pays a visit to...,
Cats Don't Dance is a 1997 animated family feature film, notable as the only animated feature produced by the short-lived Turner Entertainment animation unit. It was distributed to theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film is set in a world where human beings and anthropomorphic animals live side-by-side, and focuses on a cat named Danny Cat who wants to break into show business in Hollywood.
The film features the voices of Scott Bakula and Jasmine Guy, and was the directorial debut of former Disney animator Mark Dindal. It is also notable for songs written by Randy Newman, and for Gene Kelly's contributions as choreographer. Cats Don't Dance was Kelly's final film project.
An ambitious young cat named Danny travels from his small hometown of Kokomo to Hollywood who dreams of making it big in the movies. Danny finds an animal talent agent, as well as his clients, and his receptionist, a sassy and rather cynical, but stunning lady cat named Sawyer, whom Danny falls in love with....,
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult is a 1994 comedy film, the third and final film of the Naked Gun series, which was based off the Police Squad! television series. The film was marketed with the tagline "Mostly all new jokes."
The film stars Leslie Nielsen as Police Lieutenant Frank Drebin (his original character from Police Squad!), Priscilla Presley as Jane Spencer Drebin, O. J. Simpson as Nordberg, and George Kennedy as Captain Ed Hocken, all of whom reprise their roles from the first two films. Fred Ward, Anna Nicole Smith, and Kathleen Freeman co-star as a gang of bombers set to blow up the Academy Awards ceremony. Raye Birk reprises his role as the villainous "Papshmir" from the first film.
This is the only film in the series to be directed by Peter Segal, rather than David Zucker. Zucker instead receives credit for writing the film's screenplay. Similar to the previous entry in the series, Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker did not write for the film's script, but both returned as...,
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear is a 1991 comedy film starring Leslie Nielsen as the comically bumbling Police Lt. Frank Drebin of Police Squad!. Priscilla Presley plays the role of Jane, with O.J. Simpson as Nordberg and George Kennedy as police captain Ed Hocken. Also starring Robert Goulet (whom previously made a "special guest star" appearance on Police Squad!) as the villanous Quentin Hapsburg and Richard Griffiths as renewable fuel advocate Dr Albert S. Meinheimer (and also as his evil double, Earl Hacker). Zsa Zsa Gabor, Mel Tormé and members of the Chicago Bears have cameo roles.David Zucker returns from the first entry as director and screenwriter of the film. Jim Abrahams and Jerry Zucker serve as executive producers for the film and receive writing credit due to their contributions to the first entry of the series and the Police Squad television series. However, neither contributed to the screenplay for the film.It is the first sequel to The Naked Gun: From the Files of...,
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! is a 1988 comedy film, the first in a series of movies starring Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, George Kennedy, and O.J. Simpson. The three films (the other two being The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, and Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult) chronicle the adventures of Nielsen's character, the bumbling police detective Lieutenant Frank Drebin.
The film's title parodies The Nude Bomb, another film spun-off from a satirical TV series (Get Smart). The film is marketed with the tagline "You've read the ad, now see the movie!"
The movie series is based on the character created by Nielsen in the television seriesPolice Squad!. The core creative team behind Police Squad! and the movie series includes the team of David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker as well as Pat Proft in varying combinations.
The films all feature extremely fast-paced, off-the-wall, slapstick style comedy, including a lot of visual and verbal puns and gags.
The Naked Gun series is a series of three comedy films from 1988 to 1994, written and produced by the comedy filmmaking trio Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was based on their short-lived 1982 ABC television series Police Squad!, which was cancelled after only six episodes. The first two films were directed by David Zucker, and the third film was directed by Peter Segal.
The Delta Force is a 1986 action film starring Chuck Norris and Lee Marvin as leaders of an elite squad of special forces troops based on the real life U.S. Army Delta Force unit. It was directed by Menahem Golan and featured Martin Balsam, Joey Bishop, Robert Vaughn, Robert Forster, Shelley Winters, and George Kennedy. The film was produced in Israel.The Delta Force was Lee Marvin's last film.A group of Arab terrorists hijack American Travelways (ATW) Flight 282 flying from Athens to Rome and then to New York City. Taking all passengers and crew hostage and diverting the plane to Beirut, the group, the pro-Khomeini New World Revolutionary Organization, make demands to the United States government that, if not met, will result in the death of them all.As a compromise, the terrorists release the women and children passengers. The remaining hostages are transported to a militant controlled area of Beirut. Using a sympathetic Orthodox Priest, the Israeli Army Intelligence prepare an...,
Savage Dawn is a 1985 action and drama film. The Fifth Chapter Motorcyle Club made an appearance in the film. The film was directed by Simon Nuchtern.
Tagline: The reign of terror is about to endStryker (played by Lance Henriksen), a former soldier, is riding on his motorcycle in the desert, he is on his way to see his friend Tick Rand (played by George Kennedy) in the small town of Aqua Dulce, Texas. Stryker stops at a gas station to get some gas. There are 2 bikers, Spyder (played by John Lisbon Wood) and Meatrack (played by Charles Hyman) who ride in, they are members of a motorcycle gang called the "Savages". The 2 bikers start trouble with the gas station owner, Stryker comes to deal with the 2 and they both ride off.
Stryker arrives in Aqua Dulce, he asks for directions, he is greeted by the town lawman, Deputy Joe Bob (played by Lewis Van Bergen), he is making sure Stryker is not here to cause trouble. A lady come up to Stryker and kisses him, he realizes that it is Tick's...,
Bolero is a 1984 film starring Bo Derek, and written and directed by her husband John Derek. The film centers on Bo Derek's sexual awakening and her journey around the world to pursue an ideal first lover who will take her virginity.
Bo Derek's 1979 film 10 had made her a sudden superstar; the film had prominently used Ravel's Boléro music piece as a lovemaking theme. It was said that the title of the Bolero film was an attempt to leverage audience recognition of this, five years later.
Bolero was released with no MPAA rating; its nudity and sexual content—including nude scenes of Olivia d'Abo, who was 14 or 15 at the time of filming—disqualified it from a "R" rating. At the time of release the NC-17 rating had not yet been established and the only higher rating being X, John Derek decided to released the film unrated. The film's tagline is "An adventure in eXtasy."
The film was thrashed by the critics; it was nominated for nine Golden Raspberry Awards and won six, including "Worst...,
Virus(復活の日,Fukkatsu no hi?) is a 1980 post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie directed by Kinji Fukasaku and starring Masao Kusakari, George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, Chuck Connors, Olivia Hussey, Edward James Olmos, Ken Ogata, Sonny Chiba and Glenn Ford. The film is notable for being the most expensive Japanese film ever made at the time.The movie opens with a shady transfer happening between an East German scientist and a group of American secret agents. The Russians have illicitly "acquired" a sample of MM88, a deadly virus created accidentally by an American virologist that magnifies the potency of any other virus or bacteria it comes in contact with. The scientist wants the virus taken to a colleague in Switzerland, but the Americans are only interested in recovering the stolen MM88. Escaping an attack by East German soldiers, the spies crash their plane and the virus is released, creating a world wide epidemic initially known as the "Italian Flu".The governments of the world watch...,
The Concorde ... Airport '79 is a 1979 American disaster film (in the UK, it was released a year later as Airport '80: The Concorde). The film was the fourth and final installment of the Airport series and is widely considered the poorest effort of the series. Universally derided by critics, the film made only US$13 million  at the box office.
Some, such as All Movie Guide's Bruce Eder have interpreted the film as a self-parody, due to the film's outrageous premise, situations, and casting. In The Concorde ... Airport '79, the airplane rolls inverted, which, among other aerobatcis, would be difficult for even the most experienced pilot to accomplish safely. Also notable is the casting of Mercedes McCambridge as a Soviet Olympics coach. For a period in the 1950s, McCambridge was blacklisted during the Red Scare in America. Plus, McCambridge has been credited as the voice of the devil in The Exorcist , while Linda Blair (who played the little possessed giril in The Exorcist) was in ...,
Death on the Nile is a 1978 film based on an Agatha Christie mystery novel of the same title, directed by John Guillermin. The film features the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and it takes place in Egypt, mostly on the Nile River.The film begins with a meeting between Linnet Ridgeway (Lois Chiles) and Jacqueline de Bellefort (Mia Farrow). Jackie wants her fiancé, Simon Doyle (Simon MacCorkindale), to work for Linnet. Upon his arrival he and Linnet Ridgeway have a whirlwind affair, in which they end up marrying. While honeymooning in Egypt, they are continually hounded by a jilted Jacqueline. In an attempt to get away, the Doyles board a Nile paddle steamer.The next day, when the passengers venture off-shore to examine a near-by temple, a large boulder is pushed off a pilar narrowly missing Simon and Linnet Doyle. Soon after, they stumble upon Jackie who, after scaring the Doyles witless, boards the ship, despite Poirot's warnings to stay away. That night, in the saloon, Jacqueline...,
Airport '77 is a 1977 disaster film and second sequel in the Airport franchise. The film is generally considered the best of the sequels due to the quality of the writing and acting, even if the technical feasibility of the ditching and subsequent submersion of a fully pressurised 747 might be questioned. The film starred a number of veteran actors, including Jack Lemmon, James Stewart, Joseph Cotten, and Olivia de Havilland. Like its predecessors, Airport '77 was a box office hit earning US$30 million  but marked the series' progression into increasingly unlikely plots.
A privately owned luxury Boeing 747, Stevens' Flight 23 (call sign two-three sierra heavy) complete with piano bar, office, and bedroom, is used to ferry invited guests to an estate owned by wealthy philanthropist Philip Stevens (James Stewart). Valuable artwork of the Stevens' private collection is also onboard the jetliner, to be eventually displayed in his new museum. Such a collection motivates a group of...,
Airport 1975 is a 1974 disaster film and the first sequel to the successful 1970 hit Airport. Unlike the original film, Airport 1975 was a bona fide "blockbuster" disaster film, with an "all-star" cast and extensive promotional campaign. The film is one among many of a class of campy 1970s disaster movies. Its plot devices and shallow characterizations, including a singing nun (Helen Reddy), a former glamorous star (Gloria Swanson), an alcoholic (Myrna Loy), a child in need of an organ transplant (Linda Blair), and a chatterbox (Sid Caesar) were parodied in part in 1980's Airplane!. The characteristics of Airport 1975 were also used in numerous similar films to come, including the film's own sequels: Airport '77 and The Concorde: Airport '79.
Though derided by the critics upon its release, Airport 1975 was ultimately a success. With a budget of US$3 million, the film made over US$47 million  at the box office. Helen Reddy was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising...,
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot is a 1974 crime film starring Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy, and Geoffrey Lewis.
It was filmed in Fort Benton, Wolf Creek, and Great Falls, Montana in the Summer of 1973. Jeff Bridges was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
According to Steven Bach's book Final Cut, Clint Eastwood vowed never to work with the movie's distributor United Artists again due to what he felt was poor promotion of it.
The script for the film was originally written on spec (speculation) by Michael Cimino. On reading it, Eastwood liked it so much that he originally intended to direct it himself. However, on meeting Cimino, he decided to give him the directing job instead, giving Cimino his big break. Cimino's work on Thunderbolt & Lightfoot led directly to his Oscar-winning The Deer Hunter (1978).
Lost Horizon is a 1973 musical film directed by Charles Jarrott and starring Peter Finch, John Gielgud, Liv Ullmann, Michael York, Sally Kellerman, Bobby Van, George Kennedy, Olivia Hussey, James Shigeta and Charles Boyer.
The film is a remake of Frank Capra's film of the same name, with screenplay by Larry Kramer. Both films are based on James Hilton's novel.
After derided preview screenings Columbia Pictures tried to re-cut the film, but to no avail. Critic John Simon remarked that it "must have arrived in garbage rather than in film cans". The songs are by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, whose long partnership hit rocky ground within months of this film's release.
In a motif similar to the use of Technicolor in The Wizard of Oz, the film only becomes a musical in the central Shangri-La sequence, with the framing 'civilization' sequences played as straight drama.
The film was not available on video for years until Pioneer Entertainment released a reconstructed version of the longer...,
Airport is a 1970 film based on the 1968 Arthur Hailey novel of the same name. This film, which earned over $100,000,000 at the box office, centers around an airport manager trying to keep his airport open during a snowstorm, while a suicidal bomber plots to blow up an airplane (a Boeing 707) in flight.Although it had a complex plot, Airport paved the way for the disaster film genre and established many of the conventions for that genre.The movie was written for the screen and directed by George Seaton. Seaton was assisted by Henry Hathaway, and Ernest Laszlo photographed it in 70 mm Todd-AO. It was the last film scored by Alfred Newman before his death.The story takes place at the fictional Chicago-area Lincoln International Airport. The majority of the filming was done at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Only one Boeing 707 was used in the filming: N324F, a 707-349C, was leased from Flying Tiger Line by Universal Studios and sported an El Al cheatline over its bare...,
...tick...tick...tick... is an American movie made in 1970 directed by Ralph Nelson. Racially provocative for its time, it stars Jim Brown in the role of an African-American man elected as the sheriff of a rural county in the American South. It has become somewhat of a cult classic for its cutting-edge portrayal of racial relations and its tense narrative.
The movie was released seven years after Nelson's 1963 film Lilies of the Field, starring Sidney Poitier, which was made before the eruption of violence stemming from the American civil rights movement of the mid 1960s. It also portrayed the controversy of racial relations, but with a much gentler narrative.
The movie was also released the same year as Nelson's Soldier Blue which provided a fictionalized account of a massacre of Indians by U.S. cavalry troops in the 1860s.
The movie can be viewed as something of a counter-narrative to the 1967 movie In the Heat of the Night, which featured Poitier as a Philadelphia detective sent...
Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969) is the second sequel to the 1960 western film, The Magnificent Seven (itself based on Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai).It was directed by Paul Wendkos and stars George Kennedy as Chris Adams, the character Yul Brynner portrayed in the first two films. The additions to the cast to make up the "new" seven are Monte Markham, Bernie Casey (in his film debut), James Whitmore, Reni Santoni, Joe Don Baker and Scott Thomas. Each have their quirks and baggage. They band together to help free a Mexican revolutionary (Fernando Rey) and help fight the oppression of sadist militarist Diego played by Michael Ansara. Elmer Bernstein once again provides the music.This film was preceded by Return of the Seven in 1966, and followed by The Magnificent Seven Ride in 1972....
Bandolero! is a 1968 western directed by Andrew V. McLaglen.
Posing as a hangman, Mace Bishop (James Stewart) arrives in town with the intention of freeing his brother Dee (Dean Martin) from the gallows. Dee had been arrested for a bank robbery in which Maria Stoner's (Raquel Welch) husband was killed. After freeing his brother, Bishop successfully robs the bank. A posse led by the local sheriff (George Kennedy) and deputy (Andrew Prine) chase them across the Mexican border. Dee takes Maria as a hostage. Despite initial protestations, she soon falls for him. In a final showdown, the bandoleros kill both brothers, but not before being avenged by Maria.g
The film was shot at Alamo Village, the movie set originally created for John Wayne's "The Alamo". Alamo Village is located north of Bracketville, Texas.
During the filming, Raquel Welch complained on the set about being asked for autographs. James Stewart chastised her, reminding her that her salary was paid by the movie fans.
Cool Hand Luke is a 1967 American film starring Paul Newman and directed by Stuart Rosenberg. The screenplay was adapted by Donn Pearce and Frank Pierson from the novel by Pearce.Newman stars in the title role as Luke, a prisoner in a Florida prison camp who refuses to submit to the system. His inability to conform drives the plot of the movie, in the same vein as characters such as Winston from Nineteen Eighty-Four, McMurphy from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or Holman in The Sand Pebbles.Luke is sent to the prison camp for cutting the heads off parking meters one drunken night, and when asked what kind of thing that is for a man to do, his explanation is "Small town, not much to do in the evenin'. Mostly just settlin' up old scores." His unquenchable spirit makes the other prisoners idolize (and idealize) him, and leads to his Christ-like martyrdom at the hands of the authorities. There is occasional Christian imagery and reference throughout, notably in the closing pullback shot...
The Dirty Dozen is a 1967 World War II action-war film directed by Robert Aldrich, from the novel by E.M. Nathanson, featuring Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Telly Savalas, Charles Bronson and Jim Brown. Though ostensibly about World War II, the story deals with contemporary 1967 themes of individualism vs. collectivism, cultural relativism, internal and external racism, and their meanings within patriotism and duty in war. Such themes obliquely refer to the American War against Vietnam.In England, in the spring of 1944, as Allied forces in the UK prepare for the D-Day invasion. Major John Reisman (Lee Marvin) is ordered to witness the hanging execution of a U.S. soldier. Reisman, an OSS officer, then meets with Regular Army Major General Worden (Ernest Borgnine). In the anteroom to the general's office, personal enmity surges when Maj. Reisman and Col. Everett Dasher Breed (Robert Ryan) confront each other.Entering the meeting room, Maj. Reisman encounters friend Maj. Armbruster ...
The Sons of Katie Elder is a 1965 western film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring John Wayne and Dean Martin. Filmed shortly after Wayne's surgery to remove a cancerous lung and two ribs, the star insisted on doing his own stunts, and nearly contracted pneumonia after being dragged into a river. The film was remade in 2005 as Four Brothers.
The sons of Katie Elder - John, Tom, Bud and Matt - reunite at their hometown for their mother's funeral. All four of them share some regret with each other as none of them have done her exactly proud, although until her death she had held her hopes high for her offspring.
However, the townspeople are mostly not on friendly terms with John, the eldest of the four and a professional gunslinger, and Morgan Hastings, the owner of the local gunsmithy and also of the old Elder ranch after their father's death, begins to display an increasingly hostile attitude towards the brothers. This only serves to pique their curiosity, and after asking...,
Shenandoah is a 1965 Western war drama starring Jimmy Stewart and directed by Andrew V. McLaglen. Though set during the American Civil War. Upon its release, the film was praised for its message, as well as its technical production. In 1966, the film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound. Due in part to her performance in Shenandoah, Rosemary Forsyth was nominated for a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer - Female.
Charlie Anderson (Stewart) is a widowed farmer in Shenandoah, Virginia during the Civil War. He hopes to keep his family out of the war, believing that it is not "his" war. Confederate recruiters visit his farm in an unsuccessful attempt to enlist the young men in the Anderson family. Anderson's daughter, Jennie, gets married to a young confederate officer early in the film. Anderson is able to keep his family uninvolved in the war even as combat takes place on his land. His new son-in-law is immediately posted to his unit as his wedding ends.
Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (also known as Whatever Happened to Cousin Charlotte?) is a 1964 20th Century Fox gothic horror/thriller motion picture starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, and Joseph Cotten. Others in the cast include Agnes Moorehead, Cecil Kellaway, Victor Buono, Mary Astor, Bruce Dern, George Kennedy, and William Campbell. The film's title song was performed by Italian-American singer Al Martino.Directed and produced by Robert Aldrich, it was adapted for the screen by Henry Farrell and Lukas Heller, based on the short storyWhatever Happened to Cousin Charlotte? by Henry Farrell.The movie reunited two of the stars from Aldrich's What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Davis and Victor Buono. Joan Crawford was cast to play the de Havilland role, but dropped out (see: "Trivia" below).Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress (Agnes Moorehead); Best Art Direction (Black-and-White) (William Glasgow Art Direction, Raphael...,
Charade is a 1963 film written by Peter Stone and Marc Behm, directed by Stanley Donen, and starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. It also stars Walter Matthau, James Coburn, George Kennedy, Dominique Minot, Ned Glass, and Jacques Marin. It spans three genres: suspense thriller, romance, and comedy.
The film is notable for its screenplay, especially the repartee between Grant and Hepburn, for its location filming in Paris, for Henry Mancini's score and theme song, and for the animated titles by Maurice Binder.
It has been referred to as "the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made." Regina 'Reggie' Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) meets a charming stranger calling himself Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) while on a skiing holiday in Megève. She then returns to Paris, planning to ask her husband Charles for a divorce, but finds their flat empty and all their possessions sold. The police then notify her that her husband has been murdered, thrown from a train. The police give Regina her...,
Lonely are the Brave is a 1962 movie adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel The Brave Cowboy. It stars Kirk Douglas as Jack Burns, and Walter Matthau as a sheriff who empathizes with Burns but must do his job and chase him down.
The movie, like the book, is the story of a cowboy named John W. "Jack" Burns, who lives as a transient worker and roaming ranch hand much as the cowboys of old did, and refuses to join modern society. He rejects much of modern technology, and will not carry any kind of identification such as a driver's license or Social Security card. When his oldest friend is jailed for giving aid to illegal immigrants, Burns deliberately gets himself arrested in an attempt to break his friend out of jail. His friend has a family and too much at stake to become a fugitive from the law, and he refuses to go, so Burns winds up on the run from the law by himself. He heads for the hills on his horse, and the police mount an extensive search for him. When a helicopter joins in...
George Kennedy was born in New York, New York, United States