Tom Kennedy (American actor)
July 15, 1885|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||October 6, 1965
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Hollywood Forever Cemetery|
|Other names||Tommy Kennedy|
Tom Kennedy (July 15, 1885 – October 6, 1965) was an American actor best known for his roles in Hollywood comedies from the silent days, with such producers as Mack Sennett and Hal Roach, mainly supporting lead comedians such as the four Marx Brothers, WC Fields, Mabel Normand, Shemp Howard and Laurel and Hardy.
For over 50 years, from 1915 to 1965, he appeared in over 320 films and TV shows, often uncredited. His first film was a short black and white comedy, His Luckless Love. He was in all nine Torchy Blane films as Gahagan, the poetry-spouting cop whose running line was, "What a day! What a day!" He continued making films right up until his death, his last film being a western, The Bounty Killer.
Tom Kennedy was often erroneously listed in film sources as the brother of slow-burning comedian Edgar Kennedy. Though the two men were not related, they were apparently good friends, and Tom was a supporting actor for Edgar in many of Edgar's domestic two-reelers.
Tom Kennedy appeared in such films as:
- Mickey (1918)
- As Man Desires (1925)
- Tillie's Punctured Romance (1928)
- The Cop (1928)
- Love Over Night (1928)
- Monkey Business (1931)
- 42nd Street (1933)
- Fly-Away Baby (1937)
- Marry the Girl (1937)
- Curtain Call (1940)
- Bringing Up Father (1946)
- Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957)
- Some Like it Hot (1959)
- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Kennedy was also paired with Stooge Shemp Howard for several short subjects at Columbia Pictures such as Society Mugs, as well as appearing with the Three Stooges in the films Loose Loot and Spooks!. He was also paired with El Brendel for four shorts, such as Phoney Cronies in 1942.
Kennedy died of bone cancer on October 6, 1965.
- Tom Kennedy at the Internet Movie Database
- Tom Kennedy at the Internet Broadway Database
- Tom Kennedy at Find a Grave