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Son of George Harris Kennedy Sr and Helen A Kieselbach
Husband of (1st) Dorothy Gillooly (1943-1940's)
Husband of (2nd) Norma/Revel Wurman (23 June 1959 - 1971) - 2 children
Husband of (3rd) Norma/Revel Wurman (remarried - 22 November 1973 - 11 August 1978) - no children
Husband of (4th) Joan McCarthy (24 August 1978 - 14 September 2015) - 4 adopted children
Father passed away when he was only 4 years old - he was raised by his mother from that point forward. Was in his first starring role at the age of 2 (stage touring company) and by 7, was a radio DJ. He graduated from Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York in 1943 and went on to attend (but not graduate) a WWII training program at John Tarleton Agricultural College (Now Tarleton State University) at Stephenville, Texas.
He joined the Army during WW II and was involved in combat missions. He stayed in for 16 years (1943-1959). He was an officer promoted to the rank of Captain and even served under General George Patton. Later in his career, he was an Armed Forces Radio and Television officer and spun records as a DJ.
His career in the Army ended due to a back injury, but it led him straight back into acting. By 1960 he had his first movie role in Spartacus. He later won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1967 (presented in 1968) for his role as the chain-gang convict Dragline in the movie "Cool Hand Luke".
George appeared in over 200 roles in his lifetime, from western heavies to comedic roles in movies like the Airplane series. He was considered one of the nicest men in Hollywood. George passed away of natural causes at the age of 91 while in a nursing home in Idaho. His wife Joan passed away a few months before he did.
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