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'Naked Gun' actor George Kennedy dead at 91


George Kennedy, whose film and TV roles ran the gamut from a pugilistic prisoner in Cool Hand Luke to a Dallas oil Tycoon and, of course, in the Naked Gun and Airplane movies, has died, the Associated Press reported Monday. He was 91.

Kennedy who won an Academy Award for his fist-fighting convict opposite Paul Newman in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke, died Sunday in Boise, Idaho, where he lived since 2002, his grandson told the AP.

He was a TV character actor with a staggering number of appearances to his credit, including shows The Andy Griffith Show, Bonanza, Maverick, Gunsmoke and Perry Mason. But he was equally busy on movie sets, with roles in The Dirty Dozen (below), Airport (and its sequels), Earthquake and dozens more.

Charles Bronson And George Kennedy In 'The Dirty Dozen'

Jim Brown, Charles Bronson and George Kennedy in 1967’s “The Dirty Dozen.”

Image: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images

But modern audiences will best remember him for 1988 spoof The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! and its two sequels as Captain Ed Hocken, the sympatico boss of Leslie Nielsen’s bone-dry Det. Frank Drebin. He also had a three-year run on Dallas as oil tycoon Carter McKay.