George Kennedy Dies

George Kennedy, Veteran of Dallas and Airport Franchise, Dead at 91

Dallas vet George Kennedy, who picked up an Oscar for 1967’s Cool Hand Luke but who was probably best known for his work in the Airport and Naked Gun franchises, died Sunday, TMZ reports. He was 91.

Kennedy played rancher and Ewing family nemesis Carter McKay on Dallas from 1988-1991, later reprising his role in the reunion pics Dallas: J.R. Returns (1996) and Dallas: War of the Ewings (1998). Although he didn’t appear in the recent TNT revival, his presence was felt via Carter’s grandson Hunter (played by Fran Kranz).

His final TV role was in 2003 on CBS’ The Young and the Restless, playing the biological father to Victor Newman.

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17 Comments
  1. Brian says:

    Great actor.

    R.I.P. George

  2. gloria says:

    A great actor..
    Rest in Peace, kind sir !

  3. Satch Riley says:

    The man was a fine actor.

  4. George Kennedy was NOT in the Airplane movies. He was in the “Airport” movies!

  5. Mad Hobbit says:

    i liked him in The Dirty Dozen

  6. B says:

    Oh dear. He was fabulous, such a great presence in Cool Hand Luke and Airport. Peace and comfort to his loved ones.

  7. ninamags says:

    I enjoyed the heck out of those Airport movies!!!

    They were fantastic!

    RIP, Mr. Kennedy.

  8. Connie Huston says:

    Mr. Kennedy was a great actor.. We have lost another one of our actors that made sense when they played a role.RIP, Mr. Kennedy.🇺🇸🍀💐

  9. Carol says:

    R.I.P. Mr. Kennedy you were one of the good ones – ‘Cool Hand Luke’, ‘Charade’, ‘The Blue Knight’ just to name a few.

  10. christine says:

    I am heavy hearted and saddened, we lost a legend. I loved his acting, and on airport, his smart Alec remarks made you laugh each time.. George, rest in peace, you were one fine actor!

  11. N says:

    R I P Loved him in “Cool hand Luke”

  12. Leanne says:

    He was a great actor. I always liked him. He was great in whatever movies, TV shows he was in. My sympathy to the family for a great man. (by the way, his grandson did a great job in TNT Dallas. I was sorry to see it cancelled)

    • drhenning says:

      His daughter was also in it with a different actress playing Tracy.. Carter also became the head of the oil company that was always trying to destroy Ewing.

  13. Annie says:

    I loved him in the airport series! He went from mechanic in the first movie to a pilot in the last. Great actor. Rip

  14. Hamish says:

    RIP, George Kennedy. My favorite George Kennedy role was as Herman Scobie in Charade.