This year has been tragic for the entertainment industry as another Hollywood heavyweight, George Kennedy, passed away at age of 91. He played the iconic role of a lead detective who starred alongside Leslie Nielsen in the epic comedy, “Naked Gun.”
Last Sunday, about the same time as Oscars 2016, the entertainment industry bid goodbye to another Academy Award winner, George Kennedy. A spokesperson for the Canyon County coroner’s office in Idaho revealed that Kennedy passed away due to a prevailing heart condition, reports The Wrap.
Kennedy’s wife, Joan, died last September 2015, and the actor had been struggling to survive his heart ailment ever since. In fact, his grandson, Cory Schenkel, revealed that he had been under hospice care earlier this year.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Kennedy had been contributing to the world of entertainment since the 60s. His greatest achievement was winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor last 1967 for the film “Cool Hand Luke.”
Despite his “tough man” role in the movie, he was also recognized in his role as Captain Ed Hocken in the comedy franchise “Naked Gun.” He starred alongside Leslie Nielsen in “Naked Gun: From the Files of the Police Squad!” released on 1988, “The Naked Gun 2 ½: The Smell of Fear” released 1991, and “The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult” on 1994.
Other movies the actor portrayed in included “The Guns of the Magnificent Seven,” “The Good guys and the Bad Guys,” “Dirty Dingus Magee,” “Fool’s Parade,” and “The Eiger Sanction.” He had starred alongside Hollywood’s best such as Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, James Stewart, and Clint Eastwood.
George Kennedy’s last contribution to the world of entertainment was in 2014 when he starred in Mark Wahlberg’s “The Gambler.”