George Kennedy, the actor best known for his performances in Cool Hand Luke and The Naked Gun movies, has died.
The 91-year-old's passing on the morning of February 28 was confirmed by his grandson, Cory Schenkel, on Facebook.
Kennedy, who appeared in over 200 films and TV shows during his career, won his supporting actor Academy Award in 1967 for his performance opposite Paul Newman inCool Hand Luke. The film managed a worldwide box office take of $16.2 million making it the fourth biggest film of the year.
He made gave his last on screen performance in The Gambler in 2014. The film, which featured Mark Wahlberg in the lead role, was not a critical or financial hit with a worldwide take of $38.5 million on a $47 million budget.
Kennedy was born in New York City and spent 16 years in the U.S. Army working for Armed Forces Radio. He moved into the entertainment industry when he got a job as technical adviser to The Phil Silvers Show.
While Kennedy largely played strong and often brusque characters in dramas, in the 80s and 90s he embraced his comedic side as Captain Ed Hocken opposite Leslie Nielsen's comical cop Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun movies.