Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dead Kennedys

By now, you've probably heard that US Senator Ted Kennedy died overnight. They say not to speak ill of the dead, so I'll posit that the most appropriate movie would be Dark Victory.

Of course, Hollywood has had its share of actors named Kennedy. I'd love to recommend something by Tom Kennedy, who played Torchy Blaine's friend, Officer Gahagan. But, those movies aren't available on DVD, and because of their relative obscurity, aren't likely to be released any time soon.

There's also Arthur Kennedy, who was nominated five times for an Oscar, although he never won. One of his earliest performances, as the gangster Red in High Sierra, is coming up overnight tomorrow, at 2:00 AM ET Friday, August 28. (That's 11:00 PM Thursday out in the Pacific time zone.)

As for a Kennedy who did win an Oscar, there's George Kennedy for Cool Hand Luke, but he's not dead yet.

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