Tom Kennedy was born July 15, 1885, New York City, New York
He died October 6, 1965, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California of
Tom is the father of Don Kennedy
Tom Kennedy as one
of the townsmen. You will see Tom in "The
Rifleman" many times, probably more times then listed. He
always went unaccredited, but not here at the ranch.
Once a boxer, this brawny character actor began his film career early
in the silent movie era. Although Tom never
became a star, Tom's face is almost as familiar to movie goers as
their own. He frequently played big, dumb, likable,
working-class types as in "The Case of the Stuttering Bishop"
(1937). He almost became a policeman,
but turned to professional boxing. He came to Hollywood in
1915 from his native New York after a career as a heavyweight boxer.
He made his film debut in 1915 in "One Round Hogan."
a one time Keystone Kop who career as a movie actor spanned nearly
fifty years. He also worked with W.C. Fields, The Marx Brothers, and Laurel and Hardy in
a career that lasted until his death at the age of 80.
Tom Kennedy in.....
"The Mysterious Rider"
"It Happened in Hollywood"
*Thanks to Phillip Arnold for giving this
character his credit due!