George Kennedy, Oscar-winning character actor of ‘Cool Hand Luke,’ dies at 91

February 29, 2016 10:51 PM

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George Kennedy, the burly character actor who won an Academy Award as a chain-gang leader in “Cool Hand Luke,” threatened Audrey Hepburn as a hook-armed villain in “Charade” and was a crusty mainstay of 1970s disaster films before veering into satire as a clueless policeman in the “Naked Gun” film series, died Feb. 28 at a nursing home in Middleton, Idaho. He was 91.

The cause was a heart ailment, said Steve Rhodes, chief deputy coroner of Canyon County, Idaho.

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