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Tom Kennedy (actor)

Tom Kennedy (actor)

Tom Kennedy (actor)
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Intro Actor
Was Actor
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender male
Birth 15 July 1885, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Death 6 October 1965, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A. (aged 80 years)
Star sign Cancer
Tom Kennedy (actor)
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Tom Kennedy (July 15, 1885 – October 6, 1965) was an American actor known for his roles in Hollywood comedies from the silent days, with such producers as Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, mainly supporting lead comedians such as the four Marx Brothers, W. C. Fields, Mabel Normand, Shemp Howard, Laurel and Hardy, and the Three Stooges. Kennedy also played dramatic roles as a supporting actor.


Barton MacLane, Tom Kennedy, Noah Beery, Randolph Scott and Verna Hillie in Henry Hathaway's Man of the Forest (1933)

For over 50 years, from 1915 to 1965, he appeared in over 320 films and television series, often uncredited. His first film was a short black and white comedy His Luckless Love. He was in all nine Torchy Blane films as Gahagan, the poetry-spouting cop whose running line was, "What a day! What a day!" He continued making films right up until his death, his last film being a western The Bounty Killer.

Tom Kennedy was often erroneously listed in film sources as the brother of slow-burning comedian Edgar Kennedy. Though the two men were not related, they were apparently good friends, and Tom was a supporting actor for Edgar in many of Edgar's domestic two-reelers.

Kennedy was also paired with Stooge Shemp Howard for several short subjects at Columbia Pictures such as Society Mugs, as well as appearing with the Three Stooges in the films Loose Loot and Spooks!. He was also paired with El Brendel for four shorts, such as Phoney Cronies in 1942.

His television appearances included episodes of Perry Mason, Maverick, My Favorite Martian and Gunsmoke.

Partial filmography

  • Mickey (1918)
  • Our Leading Citizen (1922)
  • As Man Desires (1925)
  • The Best Bad Man (1925)
  • Behind the Front (1926)
  • We're in the Navy Now (1926)
  • Tillie's Punctured Romance (1928)
  • The Cop (1928)
  • Love Over Night (1928)
  • The Fall Guy (1930)
  • It Pays to Advertise (1931)
  • Monkey Business (1931)
  • The Crooked Circle (1932)
  • 42nd Street (1933)
  • Behind the Headlines (1937)
  • Fly-Away Baby (1937)
  • Marry the Girl (1937)
  • Forty Naughty Girls (1937)
  • Living on Love (1938)
  • Crime Ring (1938)
  • Crashing Hollywood (1938)
  • Curtain Call (1940)
  • Bringing Up Father (1946)
  • The Paleface (1948)
  • Jiggs and Maggie in Jackpot Jitters (1949)
  • Havana Rose (1951)
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Keystone Kops (1955)
  • Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957)
  • Some Like it Hot (1959) as bouncer (uncredited)
  • It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) as Santa Rosita Police Department traffic cop (uncredited)
  • The Bounty Killer (1965)


Kennedy died of bone cancer on October 6, 1965.

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