Sad news: Oscar-winning actor George Kennedy has passed away.
I know he was in a lot of great movies, but his work as the comic foil for Leslie Nielsen in the Naked Gun flicks was hilarious. Those comedies wouldn’t have been as funny without George Kennedy in them.
I’ll post a scene from the first film, but if you like funny movies, watching the whole series is a must. Notice Kennedy’s strong comic timing. He meshes really well with Nielsen; even as the lines get really wacky, there’s never a missed beat between the two actors.
What’s even better is that both men based their acting careers on being cast as Hollywood tough guys. The fact that Kennedy (and Nielsen) could play that hard-boiled cop act for laughs was really cool.