It is Bentley who, shocked out his journalistic cynicism, pronounces judgment on Lawrence as the two men survey the horror of the battlefield of Tafas.
George M. Cohan called him the most brilliant young actor on Broadway. Still another friend and admirer was James Cagney. When Cagney starred in City for Conquest, he asked that Kennedy be cast as his brother in the film. The result was a Warner Bros. contract.
Kennedy is a disciplined professional with years of 'rigorous training and experience in back of his performance. Job hunting during the Depression, he found a place with the Globe Theatre Group, which presented abbreviated versions of Shakespeare at the Cleveland Great Lakes Exposition. The repertoire consisted of 16 plays, performed seven a.day and nine on holidays and weekends. There were rehearsals every morning. Hard work, Kennedy recalls, but valuable experience.
On Broadway Kennedy had brilliant successes in Death of a Salesman and All My Sons.° Five times his fellow film professionals have nominated him for the Academy Award, for his work in Champion, Bright Victory, Peyton Place, Some Came Running and Trial. His recent film credits include Elmer Gantry, Claudelle Inglish, Murder, She Said, Barabbas and The Adventures of a Young Man.
Arthur Kennedy Facts
|John Arthur Kennedy
|February 17, 1914
|Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
|Date of death
|January 5, 1990 (age 75)
|5' 10" (1m78) How tall is Arthur Kennedy compared to you?
|1956 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for Trial)