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13 February 29th, 2016 Y&R and Dallas Alum, Oscar Winner George Kennedy Has Died

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George Kennedy,  the Oscar-winning star of 1967′s Cool Hand Luke, which also starred Paul Newman has died at age 91, his grandson, Cory Schenkel confirmed.

Kennedy died in his sleep at his Boise, Idaho home early Sunday morning, the day of the Academy Awards.  He had been in failing health ever since his wife Joan died a little over a year ago. George had been under hospice care for the past month.

In the soaps, Kennedy is most remembered for his guest stints on The Young and the Restless playing Victor Newman’s despicable father, Albert Miller.  Kennedy first played the role in 2003 and then reprised it again in 2010.   Victor’s relationship with his father gave Eric Braeden some of the finest material of his career as the complex Victor.  Albert had abandoned his family, causing his son to be raised in an orphanage.

CBS original primetime soap Dallas also featured Kennedy as Carter McKay, one of the Ewing families bitter enemies from 1988 to 1991.  Geroge also played the role in two follow-up TV movies, 1996′s Dallas: J.R. Returns and 1998′s Dallas: War of the Ewings.  In addition, Kennedy appeared in several of the 70′s major disaster films including the original Airport and several sequels, as well as in Earthquake.  In the 80′s, he would appear in The Naked Gun franchise of films along with Leslie Nielsen.

After the jump, watch George Kennedy as Albert on The Young and the Restless in scenes with Eric Braeden and Joshua Morrow (Nick).  Then share your thoughts on the passing of this talented actor in the comment section below!

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  1. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Sad news…i remember seeing those disaster flicks at the movies when they had 1.00 days at our two cinemas…then i would buy popcorn for 1.00 and a drink for 50 cents and an ice cream sandwich for 75 cents…that today would cost me 20 dollars or more but i havent seen a movie in years…i actually did not know GK was still around-sad news…over a week ago i attended a cousins funeral and nearly lost my sister-her son is still ill and im not too well-horrible month.


    Timmm replied

    Jim, you are a walking “Soap Opera!” You have my prayers my good man!


    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Thanks…i can use them.

    Rose replied

    Jimh…I think there’s something to be said for I not getting more “news” than anyone needs to know all of the time. I’m still recovering from David Bowie. Sorry you’re feeling poorly. But spring is supposed to be coming soon. :(


    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Thanks…there has been some slight improvement…staying positive.

  2. Timmm says:

    Rest George! Miss Cee, I hope you watch these two clips. What an amazing job in both clips. Yes Victor is and always was about family BUT its interesting to see where all his anger comes from. He did such an amazing job in both scenes! What I find interesting is he and Adam’s relationship seems to be heading down the same path time and time again like Victor and his dad’s did! You think Victor would learn something from this?


  3. Llanviewer717 says:

    Very sorry to hear of George Kennedy’s death. What a magnificent career he had. I will always remember his tremendous talent and the dynamic strength he brought to every character and every performance. Thank you Mr. Kennedy for so much outstanding entertainment. May you rest in peace.


  4. Mo says:

    RIP – loved him in Naked Gun and Airport.


  5. Sandy J. says:

    George was always one of my favourite actors; he could play any role convincingly and make it look very easy. Loved him in the Airport movies especially.
    May he now rest peacefully with his wife. I send my sincere condolences to his other family members.


  6. nicholas says:

    Such a damn shame that death has to take place . All the wonderful talents and all these wonderful people that we have lost through the years . RIP George .


  7. nellie says:

    so sad.


  8. Patrick says:

    George Kennedy opening line.. on his acceptance speech for his best supporting Oscar… for “Cool Hand Luke”

    ” I could Bust ”

    just a genuine mans man who endeared the audience… heck I swooned

    Loved that he was in a movie with Bette Davis

    “hush, hush, sweet Charlotte”


  9. Rose says:

    George Kennedy represented a solid, versatile actor, the type of which you don’t see much of anymore. So glad to hear he had a long career. RIP.


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