The man responsible for bringing the character "Dragline" to life in Cool Hand Luke, has passed away.
George Kennedy succumbed to old age and illness on Sunday (Feb. 28) in Boise, Idaho, according to his grandson, Cody Schenkel.
In a Facebook status posted on Sunday afternoon, Schenkel wrote, "I have created so many great memories and I will enjoy them for life. While I am extremely sad that they are both gone (my grandma in September 14 and my grandpa this morning) I am grateful for the life, memories, and knowledge they shared with me."
He had a prominent career in television, appearing on The Andy Griffith Show, Bonanza, The Legend of Jesse James, Gunsmoke, Maverick, and more.
Following his TV career, he had roles in many films including The Dirty Dozen, Bandolero!, Academy Award-winning movie Airport (and its sequels), and won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Cool Hand Luke.
Kennedy was born into a show business family, making his stage debut at two-years-old. He enlisted in the US Army during World War II and served for 16 years until his back was injured badly. He returned to the states and began acting right away.
According to CNN, Kennedy continued acting into his 80s. The Internet Movie Database notes his last film as The Gambler starring Mark Wahlberg.
Our prayers are with Kennedy's family during this difficult time.
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