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Arthur Kennedy Height, Weight, Age, Children, Biography

Arthur Kennedy Quick Info
Height 5 ft 10 in
Weight 70 kg
Date of Birth February 17, 1914
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Date of Death January 5, 1990

Arthur Kennedy was an American actor, stage artist, and voice actor who gained acclaim for his ability to create “an exceptional honesty and naturalness on stage”. A versatile actor, he was cast in a variety of films which include the likes of City for ConquestBad Men of MissouriHigh Sierra, They Died with Their Boots OnImpulse, The Walking Hills, The Glass Menagerie, Air Force, The Man From Laramie, Highway WestStrange Alibi, Bright Victory, Desperate Journey, Too Late for Tears, The Window, Red Mountain, Ricco the Mean Machine, Cheyenne, Champion, Peyton Place, Rancho Notorious, Bend of the RiverThe Girl in WhiteTwilight for the Gods, The Rawhide Years, Devotion, Boomerang, The Naked Dawn, Day of the Evil Gun, Chicago DeadlineThe Desperate HoursHome Is the Hero, Elmer Gantry, Some Came RunningA Summer Place, Hemingway’s Adventures of a Young Man, Lawrence of ArabiaClaudelle InglishBarabbas, My Old Man’s Place, I Kiss the Hand, Joy in the Morning, Fantastic VoyageAttack and RetreatCheyenne Autumn, Nevada Smith, Signs of Life, The Tough OnesThe SentinelCovert Action, The Antichrist, Killer CopThe HumanoidBermuda: Cave of the Sharks, and Murder, She Said.

Born Name

John Arthur Kennedy

Nick Names

Arthur, Johnny

Arthur Kennedy as seen in a scene from 'The Confession' presented on the television program 'Stage 67' in 1966
Arthur Kennedy as seen in a scene from ‘The Confession’ presented on the television program ‘Stage 67’ in 1966 (ABC Television / eBay / Public Domain)


He was born on February 17, 1914.


On January 5, 1990, Arthur Kennedy died of a brain tumor at the age of 75 in Branford, Connecticut, United States.

Sun Sign


Born Place

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States





Arthur Kennedy studied at South High School in Worcester and then attended Worcester Academy, a private school located in Worcester, Massachusetts.

After that, he enrolled at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied drama. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1934.


Actor, Stage Artist, Voice Actor


  • Father – John Timothy “J.T.” Kennedy (Dentist)
  • Mother – Helen (née Thompson)




5 ft 10 in or 178 cm


70 kg or 154.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Arthur Kennedy dated –

  1. Mary Cheffey (1938-1975) – In March 1938, he got married to Mary Cheffey and the duo was blessed with 2 children – a daughter named Laurie Kennedy (b. February 14, 1945) and a son named Terence Kennedy. Arthur and Mary remained together until her death in 1975.

Race / Ethnicity


Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color


Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Receding hairline

Arthur Kennedy Facts

  1. Alongside Kirk Douglas and Marilyn Maxwell, Arthur Kennedy co-starred as Connie in the 1949 drama film noir sports film Champion. This performance got him nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor”.
  2. He brought to life the character of Larry Nevins in the 1951 drama romance war film Bright Victory and this role earned him an Oscar nomination in the “Best Actor” category.
  3. In 1955, he played Barney Castle in the drama film Trial and this role won him the Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture” while he was also nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor”.
  4. Arthur Kennedy was cast as Lucas Cross in the drama film Peyton Place in 1957 and his co-stars for the project included Lana Turner, Hope Lange, Lee Philips, Lloyd Nolan, Diane Varsi, Russ Tamblyn, and Terry Moore. This role got him nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor” and a Laurel Award for “Top Male Supporting Performance”.
  5. Along with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine, Martha Hyer, Nancy Gates, and Leora Dana, Arthur Kennedy co-starred as Frank Hirsh in the drama film Some Came Running in 1958. For this, he was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor” and a Laurel Award for “Top Male Supporting Performance”.
  6. He suffered from thyroid cancer and eye disease during the final years of his life and spent much of his later life in Savannah, Georgia. He preferred staying out of the public eye.
  7. Arthur Kennedy has 2 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – for Motion Pictures at 6681 Hollywood Boulevard and for Television at 1620 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

Featured Image by ABC Television / eBay / Public Domain

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