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Tom Kennedy (July 15, 1885 – October 6, 1965) was an American actor 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 Marx Brothers, W. C. Fields, Mabel Normand, Shemp Howard, Laurel and Hardy, and the Three Stooges. Kennedy also played dramatic roles as a supporting actor. For over 50 years, from 1915 to 1965, he appeared in over 320 films and television series, often uncredited.

His first film was a short black and white comedy, His Luckless Love. Kennedy was in all nine Torchy Blane films as Gahagan, the poetry-spouting cop whose running line was, "What a day! What a day!"

He is 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, with Tom appearing in many of Edgar's domestic two-reel comedy shorts.

Tom Kennedy was also paired with Stooge Shemp Howard for several shorts for 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.

His television appearances included episodes of Perry Mason, Maverick, My Favorite Martian, and Gunsmoke.

Tom Kennedy continued making films right up until his death, his last film being the western The Bounty Killer.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tom Kennedy (July 15, 1885 – October 6, 1965) was an American actor 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 Marx Brothers, W. C. Fields, Mabel Normand, Shemp Howard, Laurel and Hardy, and the Three Stooges. Kennedy also played dramatic roles as a supporting actor. For over 50 years, from 1915 to 1965, he appeared in over 320 films and television series, often uncredited.

His first film was a short black and white comedy, His Luckless Love. Kennedy was in all nine Torchy Blane films as Gahagan, the poetry-spouting cop whose running line was, "What a day! What a day!"

He is 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, with Tom appearing in many of Edgar's domestic two-reel comedy shorts.

Tom Kennedy was also paired with Stooge Shemp Howard for several shorts for 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.

His television appearances included episodes of Perry Mason, Maverick, My Favorite Martian, and Gunsmoke.

Tom Kennedy continued making films right up until his death, his last film being the western The Bounty Killer.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 158

Birthday 1885-07-15

Day of Death 1965-10-06

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Thomas A. Kennedy
  • Thomas Kennedy

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1959 Some Like It Hot as Bouncer (uncredited)
1955 Hook a Crook as I. Katchum (archive footage) (uncredited)
1953 Spooks! as Mr. Hyde
1953 Loose Loot as Joe
1952 Invasion, U.S.A. as Tim, Bartender
1952 Gold Fever as Big Tom
1951 Fraidy Cat as I. Katchum (uncredited)
1951 Havana Rose as House Detective
1951 The Scarf as Asylum Inmate
1951 M as Hood (uncredited)
1950 Riding High as Racetrack Mug (uncredited)
1949 Square Dance Jubilee as Bartender Tom
1949 The Mutineers as Butch
1948 The Paleface as Bartender
1948 Thunder in the Pines as Josh, the Station Master
1948 Jinx Money as Officer Rooney
1948 Devil's Cargo as Naga, Mug Who Tails Delgado
1947 The Judge Steps Out as Court Information Clerk
1947 Dangerous Years as Mr. Adamson
1947 Magic Town as Moving Man (uncredited)
1947 The Burning Cross as Police Station Sergeant (bit)
1947 The Pretender as Fingers Murdock
1947 The Case Of The Baby-Sitter as Officer Murphy
1947 The Mighty McGurk as Bruiser
1946 Society Mugs as Tom
1946 Jiggers, My Wife as Joe
1946 The Kid from Brooklyn as Referee #1 (uncredited)
1946 Blonde Alibi as Policeman Clancy
1945 Man Alive as Bartender
1945 Voice of the Whistler as Ferdinand / Hammerlock
1945 Where the Pest Begins as Jonathan Batts
1944 The Princess and the Pirate as Alonzo
1944 Moonlight and Cactus as Lucky
1944 Girls! Girls! Girls! as Police Detective Lt. Kerrigan
1944 And the Angels Sing as Potatoes
1944 Radio Rampage as Mr. Thompson
1943 Wedtime Stories as House Detective
1943 True to Life as Customer (uncredited)
1943 Campus Rhythm as Police Sergeant
1943 So's Your Uncle as Cop
1943 Petticoat Larceny as Pinky
1943 Stage Door Canteen as Tom Kennedy
1943 Dixie as Barkeeper (uncredited)
1943 Taxi, Mister as Kennedy
1943 Hit Parade of 1943 as Westinghouse
1943 Dixie Dugan as Sergeant (uncredited)
1942 Mexican Spitfire's Elephant as Joe the Villa Luigi Bartender
1942 Blondie's Blessed Event as Cop
1941 Sweet Spirits of the Nighter as Tom
1941 The Mexican Spitfire's Baby as Sheriff Judson
1941 Sailors on Leave as Dugan
1941 Angels with Broken Wings as Gus
1941 Thieves Fall Out as Cabbie
1940 Mexican Spitfire Out West as Cabbie
1940 Flowing Gold as Petunia
1940 Sporting Blood as Grantly
1940 Pop Always Pays as Murphy
1940 An Angel from Texas as Chopper
1940 Curtain Call as Masseur
1940 Millionaire Playboy as Tom Murphy
1940 Remember the Night as 'Fat' Mike
1939 The Day the Bookies Wept as Pinky Brophy
1939 These Glamour Girls as Joy Lane Manager (uncredited)
1939 Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite as Gahagan
1939 Quiet, Please as Gorilla Stand-In Max Imhof
1939 Torchy Runs for Mayor as Gahagan
1939 Society Lawyer as Alf
1939 Torchy Blane in Chinatown as Det. Sgt. Gahagan
1939 The Long Shot as Mike Claurens
1938 Torchy Gets Her Man as Gahagan
1938 Crime Ring as Dummy
1938 Halfway to Hollywood as Tom
1938 Danger on the Air as Hotel Doorman
1938 Torchy Blane in Panama as Detective Gahagan
1938 Go Chase Yourself as Icebox
1938 Making the Headlines as Police Sergeant Handley
1938 He Couldn't Say No as Dimples
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 as Himself
1938 Blondes at Work as Gahagan
1938 Swing It, Sailor! as Policeman
1938 Fiddling Around as Tom Kennedy
1938 Crashing Hollywood as Al
1937 Wise Girl as Detective
1937 The Adventurous Blonde as Detective Gahagan
1937 Living on Love as Pete Ryan
1937 Calling All Curtains
1937 Forty Naughty Girls as Detective Casey
1937 Varsity Show as Policeman (uncredited)
1937 Bury the Hatchet as Tom
1937 The Big Shot as Bugs
1937 Marry the Girl as Jasper
1937 She Had to Eat as Pete
1937 Fly Away Baby as Gahagan
1937 Slave Ship as Bartender
1937 The Case of the Stuttering Bishop as Jim Magooney
1937 Behind The Headlines as Tiny
1937 New News as Tom Kennedy
1937 Smart Blonde as Gahagan
1936 Free Rent
1936 Grandma's Buoys as Tom
1936 Midnight Blunders as Tom
1936 The Big Game as Fan in Stands
1936 Hollywood Boulevard as Bouncer at Pago Pago
1936 Poppy as Hot Dog Stand Proprietor (uncredited)
1936 The Country Doctor as Logger (uncredited)
1936 Just Speeding
1935 The Bride Comes Home as Husky Thug at Party (uncredited)
1935 She Couldn't Take It as Slugs (uncredited)
1935 Old Man Rhythm as Campus Guard
1935 Gobs of Trouble
1935 Alibi Bye Bye as Snoops, the house dick
1935 Stage Frights
1935 Gum Shoes
1934 The Dancing Millionaire as Crusher McGee
1934 Down to Their Last Yacht as Joe 'Uncle Ed' Schultz (uncredited)
1934 Hollywood Party as Beavers (uncredited)
1933 Day of Reckoning as Furniture Mover
1933 Penthouse as Gazotti's Butler Joe (uncredited)
1933 Man of the Forest as Sheriff Blake
1933 Cross Fire as French Bouncer (uncredited)
1933 42nd Street as Slim Murphy
1933 Blondie Johnson as Hype (uncredited)
1933 Lawyer Man as Jake - the Ice Man (uncredited)
1932 Fish Feathers
1932 If I Had a Million as Joe the Carnival Bouncer (uncredited)
1932 Night After Night as Tom
1932 The Crooked Circle as Mike, the policeman
1932 Pack Up Your Troubles as Recruiting Sergeant
1932 Huddle as Moving Man
1932 The Promoter as Burke
1931 Flying High as Jokester with Firecrackers
1931 Monkey Business as Gibson
1931 Caught as Jard Harmon
1931 Young as You Feel as Colorado Detective
1931 Iron Man as Bartender (uncredited)
1931 The Gang Buster as 'Gopher' Brant
1930 The Fall Guy as Detective Burke
1929 Happy Days as Doorman (uncredited)
1929 Big News as Officer Ryan
1929 Glad Rag Doll as Manager
1928 Marked Money as Bill Clemons
1928 None But the Brave as Noah
1928 Hold 'Em Yale as Detective
1928 Tillie's Punctured Romance as Property Man
1927 Senorita as Oliveros Gaucho (uncredited)
1926 We're in the Navy Now as Sailor Percival Scruggs
1926 The Better 'Ole as The Blacksmith (uncredited)
1926 Mantrap as Curly Evans
1926 Behind the Front as Sergeant
1925 The Best Bad Man as Dan Ellis
1921 Sunless Sunday
1920 Kismet as Kutayt
1919 Yankee Doodle in Berlin as American General (uncredited)
1918 Mickey as Tom Rawlings
1917 Thirst as Man in Employment Agency (uncredited)
1917 Her Torpedoed Love as Roy Mulligan the Hobo / The False Minister
1916 His Bitter Pill as Dan's Henchman
1915 Double Trouble as Judge Blodgett

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