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Arthur Kennedy

Arthur Kennedy

In Lawrence of Arabia, Arthur Kennedy plays Bentley, the American newspaper correspondent who helps create and popularize the legend of Lawrence.

It is Bentley who, shocked out his journalistic cynicism, pronounces judgment on Lawrence as the two men survey the horror of the battlefield of Tafas.

George M. Cohan called him the most brilliant young actor on Broadway. Still another friend and admirer was James Cagney. When Cagney starred in City for Conquest, he asked that Kennedy be cast as his brother in the film. The result was a Warner Bros. contract.

Kennedy is a disciplined professional with years of 'rigorous training and experience in back of his performance. Job hunting during the Depression, he found a place with the Globe Theatre Group, which presented abbreviated versions of Shakespeare at the Cleveland Great Lakes Exposition. The repertoire consisted of 16 plays, performed seven a.day and nine on holidays and weekends. There were rehearsals every morning. Hard work, Kennedy recalls, but valuable experience.

On Broadway Kennedy had brilliant successes in Death of a Salesman and All My Sons. Five times his fellow film professionals have nominated him for the Academy Award, for his work in Champion, Bright Victory, Peyton Place, Some Came Running and Trial. His recent film credits include Elmer Gantry, Claudelle Inglish, Murder, She Said, Barabbas and The Adventures of a Young Man.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Arthur Kennedy Facts

Birth NameJohn Arthur Kennedy
OccupationActor
BirthdayFebruary 17, 1914
SignAquarius
BirthplaceWorcester, Massachusetts, USA
Date of deathJanuary 5, 1990 (age 75)
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Arthur Kennedy compared to you?
Awards1956 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for Trial)

Selected Filmography

Not available.