Arthur Kennedy got his big break when he was discovered by James
Cagney. His first film role was of Cagney’s younger brother in City for
Conquest in 1940. He appeared in many Western films and police
dramas, equally adapting as hero or villain.
Kennedy won a Tony Award for best supporting actor for his stage
portrayal of Biff in Death of a Salesman in 1949. His role in Trial
(1955) won him a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actor
and his part as the newspaper reporter in Elmer Gantry (1960)
gained him a Film Daily Award and a Limelight Award.