14 Facts About Arthur Kennedy


John Arthur Kennedy was an American stage and film actor known for his versatility in supporting film roles and his ability to create "an exceptional honesty and naturalness on stage", especially in the original casts of Arthur Miller plays on Broadway.


Arthur Kennedy won the 1949 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Miller's Death of a Salesman.


Arthur Kennedy won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for the 1955 film Trial, and was a five-time Academy Award nominee.


Arthur Kennedy attended South High School, Worcester, and graduated from Worcester Academy.


Arthur Kennedy moved to New York City and, billed as John Arthur Kennedy, joined the Group Theatre.


Arthur Kennedy made his entry into films when he was discovered by James Cagney.


Arthur Kennedy appeared in many Western films and police dramas.

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Arthur Kennedy appeared in many notable films from the early 1940s through mid-1960s, including High Sierra, Champion, They Died with Their Boots On, The Glass Menagerie, The Desperate Hours, Trial, Peyton Place, Some Came Running, A Summer Place, Elmer Gantry, The Man from Laramie, Barabbas, Lawrence of Arabia, Nevada Smith and Fantastic Voyage.


Arthur Kennedy enjoyed film success in England during the 1950s, usually playing the lead role in b-movies whenever an American character was needed.


Arthur Kennedy enjoyed a distinguished stage career over the same period, receiving a Tony Award for his role of Biff Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.


Arthur Kennedy inaugurated three other major characters in Miller plays: Chris Keller in All My Sons, John Proctor in The Crucible and Walter Franz in The Price.


In 1974, Arthur Kennedy was a regular on the short-lived ABC police drama Nakia, as Sheriff Sam Jericho.


Arthur Kennedy received a nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Bright Victory.


Arthur Kennedy spent much of his later life in Savannah, Georgia, out of the public eye.