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Edgar Kennedy

Edgar Kennedy

Actor

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Edgar Livingston Kennedy (April 26, 1890 – November 9, 1948) was an American comedic film character actor, known as "Slow Burn". A slow burn is an exasperated facial expression, performed very deliberately; Kennedy embellished this by rubbing his hand over his bald head and across his face, in an attempt to hold his temper. Kennedy is best known for a small role as a lemonade vendor in the Marx Brothers film Duck Soup, as well as the many Hal Roach films he appeared in. Kennedy became so identified with frustration that practically every studio hired him to play hotheads. He often played dumb cops, detectives, and even a prison warden; sometimes he was a grouchy moving man, truck driver, or blue-collar workman. His character usually lost his temper at least once. In Diplomaniacs, Kennedy presides over an international tribunal, where Wheeler & Woolsey want to do something about world peace. "Well, ya can't do anything about it here", yells Kennedy, "this is a peace conference!" Kennedy, established as the poster boy for frustration, even starred in an instructional film titled The Other Fellow, in which loudmouthed roadhog Edgar always vents his anger on other drivers (each one played by Kennedy as well), little realizing that, to them, he is "the other fellow." Perhaps his most unusual roles were as a puppeteer in the detective mystery The Falcon Strikes Back and as a philosophical bartender inspired to create exotic cocktails in Harold Lloyd's last film, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock (1947). He also played comical detectives opposite two titans of acting: John Barrymore in Twentieth Century (1934) and Rex Harrison in Unfaithfully Yours (1948); in the latter, he tells conductor Harrison that "Nobody handles Handel like you handle Handel." Kennedy died of throat cancer at the Motion Picture Hospital, San Fernando Valley on 9 November 1948. His body was interred at the Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California.

Born: April 26, 1890 in Monterey, California, USA

Died: November 9, 1948 (Age 58)

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Making a Living
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Double Wedding
Filmography
Title Rating Job Role(s) Year
Movie
8
Actor Street Vendor 1933
Movie
7
Actor Insp. Mulrooney 1944
Movie
6.9
Actor Dr. Glenn 1941
Movie
7
Actor Spike 1937
Movie
7
Actor Pop Randall the Landlord 1937
Movie
6.6
Actor Jake 1947
Movie
4.6
Actor Happy Moran 1934
Movie
5
Actor Cornelius Cornpone 1940
Movie
6.6
Actor Uncle Charlie 1949
Movie
7.2
Actor Oscar McGonigle 1934
Movie
6.4
Actor Kegs McKeever 1942
Movie
6.3
Actor Joe Bledsoe 1943
Movie
6.4
Actor Callaghan 1937
Movie
7
Actor Lieutenant Miller 1939
Movie
7
Actor Officer Donovan 1932
Movie
6
Actor Onderdonk 1935
Movie
6.7
Actor Captain Mack 1936
Movie
6.9
Actor Darsey 1937
Movie
5.9
Actor Bugs Leary 1938
Movie
5.2
Actor Police Chief Murphy 1943
Movie
5.9
Actor Counterman 1935
Movie
4.9
Actor Officer Thurston 1934
Movie
6.2
Actor Inspector Dailey 1939
Movie
7.1
Actor Police Captain 1945
Movie
6.5
Actor Chairman - Peace Conference 1933
Movie
5.5
Actor German Prison Guard (uncredited) 1919
Movie
6.4
Actor 2nd Restaurant Owner / Banks' Butler (uncredited) 1914
Movie
7.2
Actor Herbert - the Husband 1934
Movie
5.8
Actor George Browning 1940
Movie
6.5
Actor Herman Wilson 1934
Movie
6.4
Actor Warden Elmer Jones 1932
Movie
4.9
Actor Sgt. Homer Gatling 1942
Movie
7.7
Actor Sweeney 1948
Movie
5.5
Actor Baldy 1932
Movie
6
Actor Guard 1934
Movie
6.6
Actor Judd 1947
Movie
6.6
Actor Nepomuk - the Hermit 1943
Movie
7.2
Actor Sheriff 1936
Movie
6.5
Actor Smiley Dugan 1943
Movie
6.8
Actor Detective Donahue 1934
Movie
6.2
Actor Tim Kelsey 1933
Movie
6.8
Actor Judge 1933
Movie
6.6
Actor Harry, the Bartender 1936
Movie
6.5
Actor Sweeney 1935
Movie
5.7
Actor Water Wagon Driver (uncredited) 1932
Movie
7.6
Actor edited from 'A Pair of Tights' (archive footage) 1960
Movie
6
Actor Sheriff Judd 1936
Movie
5.8
Actor Police Lt. Garrison 1937
Movie
5.5
Actor Elmer 1932
Movie
5.4
Actor Sgt. Buck Martin 1934
Movie
6.3
Actor Corporal Austin 1926
Movie
6.5
Actor Healy, Process Server 1934
Movie
5.8
Actor Ed Eggers 1929
Movie
5.7
Actor Mr. Basscombe 1937
Movie
6.2
Actor Sam Gilroy 1933
Movie
6.3
Actor Henry 1935
Movie
6.3
Actor Cop (uncredited) 1931
Movie
6.7
Actor Detective (uncredited) 1925
Movie
6.7
Actor O'Brien 1934
Movie
4.5
Actor Sgt. Ed Cooper 1942
Movie
5.8
Actor Mayor Moe Carson 1942
Movie
5.8
Actor Sheriff Renick 1938
Movie
6
Actor Arthur Bailey 1938
Movie
6.6
Actor Bicarbonate 1936
Movie
5.5
Actor Herbert Green 1934
Movie
6.1
Actor Donovan 1936
Movie
6.6
Actor Bosun Higgins 1944
Movie
7
Actor Sheriff Gregory 1940
Movie
6.7
Actor Daddy Warbucks 1932
Movie
Actor Judge John J. McGuinnis 1939
Movie
5.8
Actor Willy 'Persimmon' Bates 1935
Movie
6.3
Actor Police Officer McCarthy 1935
Movie
5.6
Actor Edgar Kennedy (footage from 'I'll Build It Myself') (archive footage) 1948
Movie
7
Actor Cop 1933
Movie
Actor Daniel Webster Smith 1938
Movie
Actor Bill Sproat 1926
Movie
Actor Mahoney 1935
Movie
6
Actor George Browning 1940
Movie
Actor Officer Rafferty 1940
Movie
Actor Chauncey 1940
Movie
Actor Biff 1941
Movie
Actor 1920
Movie
5.4
Actor Windy 1933
Movie
Actor Rudolf Hochstetter 1936
Movie
Actor Pops 1940
Movie
Actor Jimmie Pierson 1934
Movie
Actor Doc Hogan, Fight Promoter 1943
Movie
5.8
Actor Ed Wimpy 1933
Movie
6
Actor SFPD Desk Sergeant (uncredited) 1929
Movie
Actor Joe Barton 1939
Movie
6.4
Actor Judge 1943
Movie
6.5
Actor Buffington-Doorman 1931
Movie
Actor Detective 1926
Movie
Actor 1926
Movie
Actor Fire Chief Galvin 1940
Movie
Actor Warden Bingham 1942
Movie
7.2
Actor 1957
Movie
Actor 1927
Short Film
5.5
Actor Butler 1914
Short Film
6
Actor Striking Baker 1914
Short Film
5.5
Actor Tough Hot Dog Customer (uncredited) 1914
Short Film
5.8
Actor Cafe Proprietor (uncredited) 1914
Short Film
7.2
Actor Uncle Edgar 1929
Short Film
6.8
Actor Golfer (uncredited) 1928
Short Film
7.3
Actor Cop (as Ed Kennedy) 1928
Short Film
6.8
Actor Cop 1928
Short Film
7.6
Actor Officer Kennedy 1930
Short Film
7.1
Actor Collis P. Kennedy 1929
Short Film
7.3
Actor Motorist 1928
Short Film
7.1
Actor Officer Kennedy 1929
Short Film
5.4
Actor Landlady's Husband 1914
Short Film
5.8
Actor Lover 1914
Short Film
5.8
Actor Cyclone Flynn 1914
Short Film
5.7
Actor Policeman 1914
Short Film
5.6
Actor Policeman 1914
Short Film
4.9
Actor Crook 1914
Short Film
6.1
Actor Edgar 1915
Short Film
5.3
Actor Jealous Cop in Park 1913
Short Film
5.5
Actor The Slicker's Chauffeur 1914
Short Film
6.5
Actor 1930
Short Film
6.1
Actor Shell Game Operator 1915
Short Film
6.8
Actor Kennedy the Cop 1929
Short Film
7.1
Actor The Policeman 1930
Short Film
7.8
Actor The Husband, Mr Glenders 1928
Short Film
4.6
Actor The Cop 1913
Short Film
4.5
Actor Water Policeman 1913
Short Film
5
Actor Laughing Spectator 1913
Short Film
7.4
Actor Kennedy the Cop 1930
Short Film
5.7
Actor Audience Member / Cop in Movie 1913
Short Film
5.3
Actor Rajah 1914
Short Film
5.3
Actor Dance Hall Manager (uncredited) 1914
Short Film
5.1
Actor Tough Guy in Bar 1914
Short Film
7.4
Actor Marion's Boyfriend's Boss 1929
Short Film
6.5
Actor Quimby the Lawyer (uncredited) 1930
Short Film
5.9
Actor Cicero the Cop 1930
Short Film
5.4
Actor 3rd Deputy 1913
Short Film
5.4
Actor Police Chief 1914
Short Film
5.8
Actor Café Proprietor 1914
Short Film
6.7
Actor The Cop 1928
Short Film
5.4
Actor Diamond Dan - Jim's Rival 1916
Short Film
5.6
Actor Pete - the Flower Girl's 1st Brother 1919
Short Film
5.7
Actor Director (uncredited) 1914
Short Film
5.6
Actor Spectator in Grandstand (uncredited) 1914
Short Film
5.5
Actor Wreck Bystander (uncredited) 1914
Short Film
6.3
Actor (uncredited) 1914
Short Film
5.9
Actor Neighbor 1915
Short Film
5.6
Actor Handout-Giver (uncredited) 1915
Short Film
5.6
Actor 1st Street Crowd Participant (uncredited) 1915
Short Film
5.8
Actor Fatty's Pal 1915
Short Film
5.4
Actor Cop 1915
Short Film
5.4
Actor Diner / Man in Audience (uncredited) 1915
Short Film
7
Actor Kennedy the Cop 1930
Short Film
5.2
Actor Suitor 1915
Short Film
7
Actor Landlord 1929
Short Film
4.9
Actor Ethel's Former Boyfriend 1914
Short Film
4.7
Actor Cop (uncredited) 1913
Short Film
Actor Spectator 1913
Short Film
Actor 1st Crook 1913
Short Film
Actor 1st Cop 1913
Short Film
Actor Cop 1914
Short Film
Actor 1913
Short Film
6.1
Actor Edgar, Movie Director 1934
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1935
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1934
Short Film
5.5
Actor A City Chap 1916
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1944
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1941
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1933
Short Film
Actor Mug 1913
Short Film
Actor 1913
Short Film
Actor Cop 1913
Short Film
Actor 1933
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1936
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1936
Short Film
6.1
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1945
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1934
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1935
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1935
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1936
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1938
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1942
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1932
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1935
Short Film
Actor 1934
Short Film
Actor 1914
Short Film
Actor Peter X. Bush - Streetcar Superintendent 1916
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1941
Short Film
Actor The Crook 1924
Short Film
Actor 1928
Short Film
Actor Cop 1929
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1940
Short Film
5.5
Actor Mary's Father / Gertie's Uncle 1930
Short Film
6.9
Actor Night Club Patron 1930
Short Film
Actor Mr. Howard J. Green, Composer 1931
Short Film
Actor 1931
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1943
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1940
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1941
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1941
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1940
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1942
Short Film
Actor Thelma's Last Rescuer 1931
Short Film
Actor Uncle Ed Sutton 1930
Short Film
6
Actor Man in Phone Booth 1930
Short Film
Actor The Maid's Boyfriend 1915
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1937
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1937
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1938
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1939
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1939
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1938
Short Film
Actor The Groom 1914
Short Film
Actor Wedding Guest 1913
Short Film
Actor Detective 1930
Short Film
5.4
Actor Station Master Kennedy (uncredited) 1930
Short Film
Actor 1929
Short Film
Actor Thelma's Father 1930
Short Film
6
Actor Fiancee's Father 1930
Short Film
Actor Henchman 1913
Short Film
5.6
Actor Cop 1913
Short Film
Actor Mustached Man 1913
Short Film
Actor Jealous Boyfriend 1914
Short Film
Actor Officer Kennedy 1930
Short Film
Actor Policeman 1929
Short Film
Actor An American Tourist 1921
Short Film
6
Actor Cop 1931
Short Film
Actor 1933
Short Film
Actor Edgar, the Private Detective 1942
Short Film
Actor 1920
Short Film
Actor Michael Kennedy 1929
Short Film
Actor 1929
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1933
Short Film
Actor The Cop 1928
Short Film
Actor 1937
Short Film
Actor Officer Ed Kennedy 1929
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1940
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1936
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1937
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1943
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1944
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1944
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1939
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1937
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1939
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1945
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1945
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1945
Short Film
Actor 1929
Short Film
5.9
Actor The cafe waiter (uncredited) 1915
Short Film
Actor Detective 1930
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1946
Short Film
Actor Edgar Kennedy 1946
Short Film
Actor Edgar 1946
Short Film
Actor Tony Peanutty - Italian Ward Leader 1916
Short Film
6.8
Directing Director 1928
Short Film
6.7
Directing Director 1928
Short Film
Directing Director 1922
Short Film
Directing Director 1924
Short Film
Directing Director 1930
Short Film
Directing Director 1930
Short Film
Directing Director 1930
Title Rating Job Role(s) Year
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