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VETERAN ACTOR HAS DIED AT 91


George Kennedy in Cool Hand Luke (1967)


George Harris Kennedy, Jr. (February 18, 1925 – February 28, 2016)

LOS ANGELES –  George Kennedy, the tough-guy character actor who won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a savage chain-gang convict in the 1960s
classic "Cool Hand Luke," has died.

His grandson Cory Schenkel says Kennedy died on Sunday morning of old age
in Boise, Idaho.

He had undergone emergency triple bypass surgery in 2002. That same year,
he and his late wife moved to Idaho to be closer to their daughter and her family,
though he still was involved in occasional film projects.

His biggest acting achievement came in "Cool Hand Luke," a 1967 film.


George Kennedy (left) appeared with Leslie Nielsen in Naked Gun
in 1988
.

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365. LEAP YEARS USUALLY HAPPEN EVERY FOUR YEARS AND TODAY IS
THAT EXTRA DAY!

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FIRST OSCAR AWARDS GIVEN OUT IN 1929

The 1st Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts
and Sciences
, honored the best films of 1927 and 1928. It took place on May
16, 1929, at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. AMPAS president Douglas Fairbanks hosted the show. Tickets cost $5
(which would be $69 in 2016 considering inflation), 270 people attended the event
and the presentation ceremony lasted only fifteen minutes. It is the only Academy
Awards ceremony not to be broadcast either on radio or television.

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