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Arthur Kennedy
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Actor
    (February 17, 1914-January 17, 1990)
    Born in Worcester, Massachusetts
    Birth name is John Arthur Kennedy
    Acted in 'City for Conquest,' 'High Sierra,' 'The Glass Menagerie,' 'Air Force,' 'Champion,' 'Bright Victory,' 'Bend of the River,' 'Trial,' 'The Man from Laramie,' 'Peyton Place,' 'Some Came Running,' 'Elmer Gantry,' 'Barabbas,' 'Lawrence of Arabia' 'Hemingway's Adventures as a Young Man,' 'Cheyenne Autumn' 'Nevada Smith,' 'Fantastic Voyage,' and 'Signs of Life'
    Acted in the original productions of 'All My Sons' (1947), 'Death of a Salesman' (1949), 'The Crucible' (1953), and 'The Price' (1968)
    Played opposite Laurence Olivier in 'Becket' on the Broadway stage (1961)
    He was an alcoholic.
    He got his start in stage acting as part of the Federal Theater Project.
    He was typecast as villains or as the 'sympathetic antagonist.'
    He ties with Claude Rains for the most losses for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar (four nominations).
    He's a 'serious actor' who lost Oscars to light comedians like Burl Ives, Red Buttons, and Jack Lemmon.
    Over the years, people have made the mistake of thinking he's a member of the elite Kennedy family, although he's of no relation.
    He acted in the notoriously bad film adaptation of 'The Glass Menagerie,' playing a character almost half his age.
    He got a part in the prestigious 'Lawrence of Arabia' only after Edmund O'Brien had a heart attack on location, removing him from the project.
    He was discovered by James Cagney.
    He was a versatile actor who frequently brought depth to one-dimensional characters.
    He was a friend and frequent co-star to Jimmy Stewart, John Garfield, and Anthony Quinn.
    He was a favorite of Arthur Miller, who starred him in the original runs of four of his plays.
    He won a Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Biff Loman in 'Death of a Salesman.'
    He beat out both Humphrey Bogart and Marlon Brando for the New York Film Critics Circle Award in 1951.
    He won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of a Communist agitator in 'Trial' (1956).
    He was nominated for Best Actor for his role in 'Bright Victory,' in addition to his Supporting Actor Nominations in 'Champion,' 'Trial,' 'Peyton Place,' and 'Some Came Running.'
    Sal Mineo, who was up against him for the 1956 Oscar, stated in an interview that he thought Kennedy would win (both ended up losing to Jack Lemon).
    He was married to the same woman for over thirty years, until her death.
    He served in the United States Army Air Corps, making aviation training films.

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