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• George Kennedy, one of the film industry's most enduring and versatile character actors, passed away on Sunday. He was 91.

Kennedy won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 1967 for his role in Cool Hand Luke, where he played a chain gang prisoner alongside Paul Newman in the title role. (Younger MNB readers who never have heard of or seen Cool Hand Luke should rectify that. Immediately.) Kennedy then went on to play a gruff mechanic in the popular Airport series of films, and got some late career fame when he made fun of his popular persona in The Naked Gun films. He also was well known for roles in such films as The Dirty Dozen, Earthquake, and In Harm's Way.
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