Cool Hand Luke star George Kennedy dies aged 91
George Kennedy, the actor best known for his Oscar-winning turn in Cool Hand Luke, has died at the age of 91.
Kennedy, who had been ill for a number of months, passed away on Sunday (February 28th), according to grandson Cory Schenkel.
Born in 1925 in New York, Kennedy began acting as early as the age of two when he appeared in a production of Bringing Up Father. He would go on to spend 16 years in the US military, including distinguished service during World War II, before a back injury led him to leave the army and pursue an acting career.
He made his big-screen debut in Spartacus in 1960 and would go on to star in countless movies over a 54-year career. His most famous turn was as Dragline in Cool Hand Luke, a performance that would earn him an Oscar for best-supporting actor. Later in his career he would go on to star in The Naked Gun and Death On The Nile. His final movie was 2014's The Gambler.
Both Mark Wahlberg and Mia Farrow, who co-starred with Kennedy, have paid tribute to him. You can read the tributes below:
RIP George Kennedy. Was an honor to work with and my condolences to your family and loved ones.— Mark Wahlberg (@mark_wahlberg) March 1, 2016
RIP George Kennedy wonderful colleague & pal— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) March 1, 2016