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Edgar Kennedy
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    (April 26, 1890-November 9, 1948)
    Born in Monterey County, California
    Was an original Keystone Kop
    Starred in over 100 ‘Average Man’ short films for RKO (1930-47)
    Appeared in the films ‘Brown of Harvard’ (1911), ‘The Knockout’ (1914),‘Two Tars’ (1928), ‘Night Owls’ (1930), ‘Duck Soup’ (1933), ‘Twentieth Century’ (1934), ‘San Francisco’ (1936), ‘A Star Is Born’ (1937), ‘Peck’s Bad Boy with the Circus’ (1938), ‘Private Snuffy Smith’ (1942), ‘Air Raid Wardens’ (1943), ‘Anchors Aweigh’ (1945), ‘The Sin of Harold Diddlebock’ (1947) and ‘Unfaithfully Yours’ (1948)
    He went prematurely bald.
    He claimed to have been a boxer who once went 14 rounds with Jack Dempsey, but in reality the only time the two met was in a film, ‘The Adventures of Daredevil Jack.’
    Because of his hulking frame, he was initially cast as villains.
    He would later be typecast as easily upset authority figures.
    He died two days before he was scheduled to be the guest of honor at a testimonial dinner arranged by his fellow actors.
    Before becoming an actor, he had a singing career in vaudeville.
    He directed a half dozen two-reel comedies (including a pair of Laurel and Hardy shorts) for Hal Roach.
    He was a frequent golfing partner of Mickey Rooney.
    He was a master of the slow burn.
    A New York Times critic wrote that in his ‘Average Man’ shorts, Kennedy ‘created a character as universally comprehensible as Chaplin’s Little Tramp and twice as real.’

Credit: C. Fishel

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