George Kennedy, a beloved actor who won an Academy Award in 1968 for his work in the Paul Newman classic, “Cool Hand Luke,” died on Sunday according to his son.
A 16-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Kennedy was a regular figure on TV and film throughout the 1970s and 1980s in movies like “Earthquake” and “The Dirty Dozen” and TV shows like “Bonanza.”
Kennedy’s roles wained in recent years as the actor grew older with his last film appearance occuring in 2014 in “The Gambler,” starring Mark Wahlberg.
In a 2011 interview about his life, Kennedy reflected on the passing of time, and how his time of movie stardom had expired.
“My time in movies and shows is up. The people who I talk to you about right now with great affection are, for the most part, gone,” Kennedy told Smashing Interviews Magazine.
“When they talk about somebody coming out in a brand new movie now, I don’t even know who they are. It is their turn. My turn is over and that’s fine. It was fun. The fact that it was all I could do made it even better. I loved what I did.”