July 13, 1921|
Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
|Died||January 19, 1994
New York City
|Alma mater||Elon University|
|Notable work||The Silence of the Lambs|
Life and career
Utt was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on July 13, 1921. He graduated from Elon College (now Elon University) in Elon, N.C. in 1942. He received a scholarship to Juilliard School where he studied vocals in hopes of becoming an opera singer. Utt served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He returned home and became a stage and radio actor, appearing in shows like Carousel.
Utt began working in production on stage performances of Peter Pan. He then became a film line producer for films like Midnight Cowboy (1969), The French Connection (1971), The Seven-Ups (1973) and All That Jazz (1979). Utt was a producer and unit production manager on four Jonathan Demme films: Something Wild (1986), Married to the Mob (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Philadelphia (1993), with Lambs and Philadelphia earning awards at the Oscars. Utt was among the three producers who received Best Picture for Lambs, in which he also made a cameo appearance.
- Winged Victory (1944) - Chorus Member (uncredited)
- Something Wild (1986) - Dad
- Married to the Mob (1988) - Sourpuss F.B.I. Man
- Miami Blues (1990) - Krishna Ramba, Head Krishna
- The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - Dr. Akin
- Dogfight (1991) - Thrift Shop Man
- Philadelphia (1993) - Juror
- The Ref (1994) - Jeremiah Willard
- The Truth About Charlie (2002) - The Late Monsieur Hyppolite
- The Manchurian Candidate (2004) - Rosie's Cousin's Mentor (final film role)
- "Kenneth Utt, 72, Producer of Films Who Also Acted". The New York Times. January 22, 1994. Retrieved April 4, 2011.