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Fred Kennedy
Original name: Frederick Kennedy
Birth: 1909
Ainsworth
Brown County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Dec. 5, 1958
Natchitoches
Natchitoches Parish
Louisiana, USA

Actor/Stuntman. Kennedy was a face seen in the background of many classic westerns between the 1930s and 1950s. In one of his rare speaking roles, Kennedy played Trooper Heinze in the John Wayne movie, "Rio Grande." Kennedy pioneered the training of "falling horses" and was an expert at saddle falls and blind wagon driving. Some of Kennedy's other movie appearances were: "The Adventures of Robin Hood," "Red River," "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," "The Searchers" and "Hondo." In 1958, Kennedy was hired for a small part in his friend's, director John Ford, production of "The Horse Soldiers" in Louisiana. To earn extra money for doing a stunt, Kennedy talked Ford into allowing him to perform a saddle fall. During the stunt, Kennedy broke his neck and died while being transported to the hospital. Ford, distraught over the death of Kennedy, shut down production and returned to Hollywood. The final battle scene for "The Horse Soldiers" was shot at a later date in the San Fernando Valley area, instead of on location in Louisiana. The scene with Kennedy's fatal saddle fall was kept in the movie. In 1982 Kennedy was inducted into the Hollywood Stuntman's Hall of Fame. (bio by: Randy) 
 
Burial:
Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park
North Hollywood
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Lincoln Memorial Section, Lot 31
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Randy
Record added: Aug 09, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15199459
Fred Kennedy
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Fred Kennedy
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Fred Kennedy
Added by: Randy
 
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Thinking of you today, Fred. This is a season when many of your colleagues and friends joined you ... We pray you all continue to rest in heavenly peace with many blessings for your family.
- SqueekyWheel ~
 Added: May. 14, 2015
Easter Blessings, Fred -- remembering you today...
- SqueekyWheel ~
 Added: Apr. 5, 2015

- Robert David Miller
 Added: Mar. 31, 2015
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