Kennedy, George 1925(?)–

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Kennedy, George 1925(?)–


Born February 18, 1925 (some sources cite 1926), in New York, NY; son of George (a composer, conductor, and orchestra leader) and Helen (a dancer; maiden name, Meade); married second wife Revel Wurman (some sources cite name as Norma Wurman), 1959 (divorced 1978); married Joan McCarthy, 1978; children: Shaunna, Taylor (an adopted granddaughter); some source cite four other children.


Agent—Richard Bauman and Associates, Inc., 5757 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 473, Los Angeles, CA 90036; Cunningham/Escott/Slevin & Doherty Talent Agency, 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 140, Los Angeles, CA 90025. Contact—Kaufman Bernstein Oberman, Tivoli & Hiller, 2049 Century Park East, Suite 2500, Los Angeles, CA 90067-3127.


Actor. Appeared in advertisements. Worked as a professional boxer. Associated with charitable efforts. Military service: U.S. Army, served for sixteen years, including active duty during World War II; became captain; received two Bronze Stars; served as Armed Forces Radio and Television officer; director of the Army Information Office.

Awards, Honors:

Academy Award, best actor in a supporting role, Golden Laurel Award, male supporting performance, Producers Guild of America, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best supporting actor, all 1968, for Cool Hand Luke; Golden Globe Award nomination, best supporting actor, and Golden Laurel Award nomination, best supporting performance, male, both 1971, for Airport; Golden Boot, 1990; Special Award of Merit, ShoWest Convention, National Association of Theatre Owners, 1993; received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Rebel soldier, Spartacus (also known as Spartacus: Rebel against Rome and Espartaco), Universal, 1960.

Nathan Dillon, Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1961.

Deputy Sheriff Guitierrez, Lonely Are the Brave (also known as The Last Hero), Universal, 1962.

Gus Jordan, The Silent Witness, Emerson Film Enterprises, 1962.

George, The Man from the Diner's Club, Columbia, 1963.

Herman Scobie, Charade, Universal, 1963.

Aleut captain, Island of the Blue Dolphins, Universal, 1964.

Foreman, HushHush, Sweet Charlotte (also known as What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte?, Berceuse pour un massacre, Cancion de cuna para un cadaver, Chut, chut, chere Charlotte, Com a maldade na alma, Hysch hysch, Charlotte!, Murha asuu sydaemessae, Pianopiano dolce Carlotta, Tystys, Charlotte, and Wiegenlied fuer eine Leiche), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1964.

Henri Le Clerc, McHale's Navy, Universal, 1964.

Leo Krause, Strait-Jacket, Columbia, 1964.

Colonel Fairchild, Shenandoah, Universal, 1965.

Colonel Gregory, In Harm's Way, Paramount, 1965.

Curley, The Sons of Katie Elder, Paramount, 1965.

Mike Bellamy, The Flight of the Phoenix, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1965.

Willard, Mirage, Universal, 1965.

Dragline, Cool Hand Luke, Warner Bros., 1967.

Major Max Armbruster, The Dirty Dozen, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1967.

Sheriff Coombs, Hurry Sundown, Paramount, 1967.

Arch Ogden, The Ballad of Josie, Universal, 1968.

Detective Phil DiNatale, The Boston Strangler, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968.

(Uncredited) Matt Burke, "Anna Christie," The Legend of Lylah Clare, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1968.

Sammy Ryderbeit, The Pink Jungle, Universal, 1968.

Sheriff July Johnson, Bandolero!, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968.

Axel P. Johanson, Gaily, Gaily (also known as Chicago, Chicago), United Artists, 1969.

Big John McKay, The Good Guys and the Bad Guys, Warner Bros., 1969.

Chris, Guns of the Magnificent Seven, United Artists, 1969.

Herkimer "Hoke" Birdsall, Dirty Dingus Magee, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970.

John Little, … tickticktick … (also known as Black Cop, Tick tick tick, Sheriff I het stad, Tic, tic, tic,Tickticktickbyen der var, Tickticktickesplode la violenza, and Tiktiktik), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970.

Joseph "Joe" Patroni, Airport, Universal, 1970.

Paul R. Cameron, Zigzag (also known as False Witness, Zig-Zag, and Zig Zag), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970.

Doc Council, Fools' Parade (also known as Dynamite Man from Glory Jail), Columbia, 1971.

Abe Fraser, Cahill, U.S. Marshal (also known as Cahill, Cahill, United States Marshal, and Wednesday Morning), Warner Bros., 1973.

Sam Cornelius, Lost Horizon, Columbia, 1973.

Joseph "Joe" Patroni, Airport 1975 (also known as Airport '75, Airport 75, Aeroporto 1975, Aeropuerto 75, Airport '75—Giganten am Himmel, Giganten am Himmel, Jaettilaeinen taivaalla, Jumbo 747 en kindyno, Katastroflarm, and 747 en peril), Universal, 1974.

Red Leary, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, United Artists, 1974.

Sergeant Lew Slade, Earthquake, Universal, 1974.

Sonic Boom (short film), 1974.

Ben Bowman, The Eiger Sanction, Universal, 1975.

(Uncredited) Himself, The Lion Roars Again (short documentary), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1975.

John Kinsdale, The Human Factor (also known as Il giustiziere), Bryanston, 1975.

Joseph "Joe" Patroni, Airport '77 (also known as Airport 1977, Airport 77, Airport '80, Aeroporto '77, Aeroporto 77, Airport '77—Verschollen im Bermuda-Dreieck, Airport III—Verschollen im Bermuda-Dreieck, Haveriplats: Bermudatriangeln, Jumbo jet sto trigono tou diavolou, Kaappaus Bermudan kolmiossa, Kapning oever Bermuda triangeln, Les naufrages du 747, Port lotniczy '77, and Verschollen im Bermuda-Dreieck), Universal, 1977.

Ken Shuftan, Ningen no shomei (also known as Proof of the Man), 1977.

Andrew Pennington, Death on the Nile (also known as Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile," Assassinio sul Nilo, Doden paa Nilen, Doeden paa Nilen, Eglima sto Neilo, Kuolema Niilillae, Morte no Nilo, Morte sobre o Nilo, Mort sur le Nil, Smierc Nilu, and Tod auf dem Nil), Paramount, 1978.

Captain Omar Kinsman, Mean Dog Blues, American International Pictures, 1978.

General George S. Patton, Jr., Brass Target, United Artists, 1978.

Captain Joseph "Joe" Patroni, The Concorde: Airport '79 (also known as Airport 1979, Airport '79, Airport 1980, Airport 80 Concorde, Airport 80: The Concorde, The Concorde, S.O.S. Concorde, Aeropuerto 79, Airport '79—Die Concorde, Airport '80—Concorde, and Airport '80—Die Concorde), Universal, 1979.

Chief Talasek, The Double McGuffin, Mulberry Square Releasing, 1979.

Anthony Fusqua, Search and Destroy (also known as Striking Back), 1979, Film Ventures International, 1981.

Admiral Conway, Fukkatsu no hi (also known as Day of Resurrection, The End, and Virus), Media, 1980.

Big Lew Cassidy, Steel (also known as Look Down and Die and Men of Steel), World-Northal, 1980.

Captain Ashland, Death Ship, Avco-Embassy, 1980.

Farley Fontenot and Harley Fontenot, Hotwire, Comworld Pictures, 1980.

Roy McLean, Just before Dawn, Oakland, 1980.

Himself and Zeron, Modern Romance, Columbia, 1981.

Narrator, The Jupiter Menace (documentary), Celebrity Releasing, 1981.

Dr. Graves, Wacko (also known as Crazy Doctor in Love), Jensen Farley, 1983.

Bert, Chattanooga Choo Choo, April Fool Distribution, 1984.

Cotton Grey, Bolero (also known as Bolero: An Adventure in Ecstasy), Cannon, 1984.

Nathan Hill, A Rare Breed, New World Pictures, 1984.

Tick Rand, Savage Dawn, 1984.

Benjamin Wheeler, Rigged (also known as Hit and Run), Cinestar, 1985.

Father O'Malley, The Delta Force (also known as Mahatz Ha-Delta), Cannon, 1985.

Spade Chandler, Radioactive Dreams, De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986.

Ray Spruce, "Old Chief Wood'nhead" segment, Creepshow 2, New World Pictures, 1987.

Sam Milshaw, Private Road: No Trespassing, Trans World Entertainment, 1987.

Vincent Duplain, Born to Race, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1987.

Bill Crafton, Demonwarp, 1988.

Captain Ed Hocken, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (also known as The Naked Gun), Paramount, 1988.

Hal, The Terror Within, Concorde Productions, 1988.

Heinrich Holzmann, Top Line (also known as Alien Terminator), 1988.

Mike Harvey, Uninvited, 1988.

Reverend Hughes, Ministry of Vengeance (also known as Haevens engle, Helden USA 4, Helden USA IV—Zurueck im Libanon, Pyhae kosto, and Undicesimo: la vendetta), Concorde Productions, 1989.

Wilson, La Bahia Esmeralda (also known as Esmeralda Bay, Karibian kapinalliset, and Zatoka Esmeralda), United International Pictures, 1989.

Bradford Kelly, Fatal Skies, 1990.

Sheriff Hanks, Nightmare at Noon (also known as Death Street USA), Omega Entertainment, 1990.

Vance, Brain Dead (also known as Paranoia), Concorde Productions, 1990.

Mayumi (also known as Mayumi: Virgin Terrorist), [South Korea], 1990.

Captain Ed Hocken, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (also known as The Naked Gun 2 1/2), Paramount, 1991.

Thomas, Hired to Kill, 1991.

Warden, Hangfire (also known as First Blood Commando), Motion Picture Corporation of America, 1991.

Chief Tom Bradfield, Distant Justice, 1992.

Dr. Bruckner, Intensive Care, 1992.

McCready, Driving Me Crazy (also known as Trabbi Goes to Hollywood), Motion Picture Corporation of America, 1992.

Third surfer, Magic Kid (also known as Ninja Dragon), 1993.

Captain Ed Hocken, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (also known as The Naked Gun III), Paramount, 1994.

River of Stone, Gecko Films/Leaping Lizards Productions, c. 1994.

Officer Lowe, Bayou Ghost, Independent Artists, 1997.

Voice of L. B. Mammoth, Cats Don't Dance (animated musical), Warner Bros., 1997.

Grandpa, Dennis the Menace Strikes Again!, Warner Bros., 1998.

Voice of Brick Bazooka, Small Soldiers (live action and animated; also known as The Commando Elite, Pequenos guerreiros, Pequenos guerreros, Petits soldats, Pienet soturit, and Smaa soldater), DreamWorks, 1998.

(Uncredited) Passenger requesting vodka, View from the Top (also known as A View from the Top), Miramax, 2003.

Professor Zebediah Jones, The Devil's Due at Midnight (short film), 2004.

Director, Don't Come Knocking, Sony Pictures Classics, 2005.

Dr. Peter Gannon, Truce, Anthem Pictures, 2005.

Ed Fiske, Three Bad Men, Iron Horse Entertainment, 2005.

Some sources cite an appearance in Searching for Haizmann, Centre Communications, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Father Samuel Patrick "Sarge" Cavanaugh, Sarge, NBC, 1971-72.

William A. "Bumper" Morgan, The Blue Knight, CBS, 1975-76.

Host and narrator, Counterattack: Crime in America, ABC, 1982.

Carter McKay, Dallas, CBS, 1988-91.

Voice of Ralph, Santo Bugito (animated), CBS, 1995-96.

Host, The Complete History of U.S. Wars 1700-2004, PBS, beginning 2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Warren G. Harding, Backstairs at the White House, NBC, 1979.

Charles "Charley" Riley, The Jesse Owens Story, syndicated, 1984.

Television Appearances; Movies:

(In archive footage) Hawk, Gunfight at Black Horse Canyon (re-edited episodes of Tales of Wells Fargo [also known as Wells Fargo]), c. 1962.

Rudy, See How They Run, NBC, 1964.

"Bear" Suchette, The Bull of the West (also known as Hot Lead and Vengeance Is the Spur), 1971.

Brad Wilkes, A Great American Tragedy, ABC, 1972.

Walter "Cowboy" McAdams, Deliver Us from Evil, ABC, 1973.

Sam Hadley, A Cry in the Wilderness, ABC, 1974.

Rudy Van Leuven, International Airport, ABC, 1985.

Seamus Reilly, Liberty, NBC, 1986.

General Nelson Miles, Kenny Rogers as the Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues (also known as The Gambler III: The Legend Continues and Kenny Rogers as "The Gambler" III—The Legend Continues), CBS, 1987.

Vince Colby, Counterforce (also known as Escuadron and Escuadron: Counterforce), syndicated, 1987.

"Big Buck" Brayton, What Price Victory (also known as Hail Alma Mater and The Price of Victory), ABC, 1988.

Commissioner Dan Kirkland, Good Cops, Bad Cops (also known as The Cops Are Robbers and Good Cops, Bad Cops: The Biggest Heist in History), NBC, 1990.

Father Dave, Final Shot: The Hank Gathers Story, syndicated, 1992.

Carter McKay, Dallas: J. R. Returns, CBS, 1996.

Carter McKay, Dallas: War of the Ewings, CBS, 1998.

General Vice, Men in White (also known as National Lampoon's "Men in White"), Fox Family Channel, 1998.

Dexter Brisbane, Monster Makers, The Hallmark Channel, 2003.

John Tevis, Sands of Oblivion, Sci-Fi Channel, 2007.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Himself and Andrew Pennington, Death on the Nile: Making of Featurette, 1978.

Himself, This Is Your Life, NBC, 1987.

The Naked Gun 2 ½: Looking down the Barrel of Comedy, HBO, 1991.

Himself, Jimmy Stewart: Hometown Hero, Arts and Entertainment, 1993.

Himself, Summerslam, pay-per-view, 1994.

Host, Holy War, Un-Holy Victory, 2001.

Himself, Dobe and a Company of Heroes, 2002.

Himself, 75 Years of the Academy Awards: An Unofficial History, BBC, 2003.

Himself, Cary Grant: A Class Apart, TNT, 2004.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 40th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1968.

The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998.

The 75th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Military police officer, The Phil Silvers Show (also known as Bilko, The Phil Silvers Show: You'll Never Get Rich, Sergeant Bilko, Sgt. Bilko, and You'll Never Get Rich), CBS, 1955.

Hank, "The Rival Gun," Colt .45, ABC, 1959.

"Prisoner of Moon Mesa," Cheyenne, ABC, 1959.

Deputy Jones, "Hadley's Hunters," Maverick, ABC, 1960.

Emil Wolheter, "The Blacksmith," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1960.

Gunner Slagle, "River Champion," Riverboat, NBC, 1960.

Karl, "The Crossbow," Peter Gunn, NBC, 1960.

Sam Tarnitzer, "The Legacy," Have Gun Will Travel, CBS, 1960.

Tex, "The Spanish Box," Shotgun Slade, syndicated, 1960.

"Duel at Alta Mesa," Laramie, NBC, 1960.

"Ebenezer Scrooge Appopoplous," My Sister Eileen, CBS, 1960.

"A Head of Hair," Have Gun Will Travel, CBS, 1960.

Birdie, "The King of Champagne," The Untouchables, ABC, 1961.

Deke, "The Vigil," Have Gun Will Travel, CBS, 1961.

Detective Kolb, "The Burglary Ring," The Asphalt Jungle, ABC, 1961.

Detective Kolb, "The Friendly Gesture," The Asphalt Jungle, ABC, 1961.

Gabe Buchanan, "Heels over Head," Surfside 6, ABC, 1961.

Ira Shallop, "Swing Your Partner," Klondike, NBC, 1961.

Jake Baylor, "Kitty Shot," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1961.

Jake Newton, "Trial by Hanging," The Tall Man, NBC, 1961.

Pat Swarner, "Big Man," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1961.

Peter Long, "The Infernal Machine," Bonanza (also known as Ponderosa), NBC, 1961.

Rud Saxon, "Proof of Love," Have Gun Will Travel, CBS, 1961.

Zeke Armitage, "The Fourth Man," Bat Masterson, NBC, 1961.

"Jungle Quest," The Case of the Dangerous Robin (also known as Dangerous Robin), syndicated, 1961.

"The Road," Have Gun Will Travel, CBS, 1961.

Big Jim, "Don't Shoot the Piano Player," Have Gun Will Travel, CBS, 1962.

Duke Jones, "Farewell Performance," Outlaws, NBC, 1962.

George Wales, "The Peddler," Rawhide, CBS, 1962.

Hawk, "Assignment in Gloribee," Tales of Wells Fargo (also known as Wells Fargo), NBC, 1962, episode re-edited with other episodes and broadcast as the television movie Gunfight at Black Horse Canyon, c. 1962.

Hug Eliot, "The Boys," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1962.

Hyram, "Three for All," The Tall Man, NBC, 1962.

Jake, "Ordeal in Darkness," Alcoa Premiere, ABC, 1962.

John Paterson, "The Innocent Bystanders," Thriller (also known as Boris Karloff's "Thriller"), NBC, 1962.

Steamboat Sully, "Miracle at Whiskey Gulch," Death Valley Days (also known as Call of the West, The Pioneers, Trails West, and Western Star Theater), syndicated, 1962.

Angus, "The Day of the Long Night," The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, ABC, 1963.

Armstrong, "The Night Was Six Years Long," 77 Sunset Strip, ABC, 1963.

Big Frenchy, "French Leave for McHale," McHale's Navy, ABC, 1963.

Brother Grace, "The Eve of St. Elmo," Have Gun Will Travel, CBS, 1963.

Der, "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theater (also known as The Chrysler Theater and Universal Star Time), NBC, 1963.

George Spangler, "The Case of the Greek Goddess," Perry Mason, CBS, 1963.

Joe Cramer, "To Each His Own Prison," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1963.

Lefty, "Grindl and the Counterfeiters," Grindl, NBC, 1963.

Lincoln, "The Broken Year," Alcoa Premiere, ABC, 1963.

State police detective, "The Big House," The Andy Griffith Show, CBS, 1963.

"The Simple Life," The Farmer's Daughter, ABC, 1963.

Big Frenchy, "The Return of Big Frenchy," McHale's Navy, ABC, 1964.

Cyrus Degler, "Crooked Mile," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1964.

Henry, "Misadventure," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, NBC, 1964.

Jack Marshman, "A Gallows for Sam Horn," The Virginian (also known as The Men from Shiloh), NBC, 1964.

Major Vyx, "The Computer Goes West," The Rogues, NBC, 1964.

Sergeant Mulduney, "Rodger Young," The Great Adventure, CBS, 1964.

Stark, "The Warden," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1964.

"The Scapegoat," Bonanza (also known as Ponderosa), NBC, 1964.

Jess Moran, "Pride of the Rangers," Laredo, NBC, 1965.

Mitchell Canady, "A Special Talent for Killing," A Man Called Shenandoah, ABC, 1965.

Tom "Bear" Suchette, "Nobility of Kings," The Virginian (also known as The Men from Shiloh), NBC, 1965.

Zach Morgan, "A Rope for Mingo," Daniel Boone, NBC, 1965.

Ben Payson, "Harvest," Gunsmoke (also known as Gun Law and Marshal Dillon), CBS, 1966.

Blodgett, "Return to Lawrence," The Legend of Jesse James, ABC, 1966.

Huck Harkness, "Trail to Ashley Mountain," The Virginian (also known as The Men from Shiloh), NBC, 1966.

Jack Thatcher, "Barbary Red," The Big Valley, ABC, 1966.

Sergeant Hensley, "Mercy or Murder," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1966.

Sergeant Hensley, "Strange Sort of Accident," Dr. Kildare, NBC, 1966.

Crandell, "Thief Catcher," Tarzan, NBC, 1967.

Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (also known as The Best of Carson), NBC, 1971, 1973.

Himself, "Celebrity Roast: Wilt Chamberlain," The Dean Martin Show (also known as The Dean Martin Comedy Hour), NBC, 1973.

Himself, The Wacky World of Jonathan Winters, syndicated, 1973.

Himself, Match Game 76 (also known as The Match Game), CBS, 1976.

Himself, Match Game 77 (also known as The Match Game), CBS, 1977.

Host, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's "Saturday Night," Saturday Night, Saturday Night Live '80, SNL, and SNL 25), NBC, 1981.

Adam Cobb, "God Child/Curtain Call," Fantasy Island, ABC, 1983.

Erik Larsen, "Vicki and the Fugitive/Lady in the Window/Stolen Years/Dutch Treat: Parts 1 & 2," The Love Boat, ABC, 1984.

Judge J. T. "Rope" Calder, "Judgement Day," Lonesome Dove: The Series, syndicated, 1992.

Alan Scali, "The Golden Years," The Commish, ABC, 1995.

Voice of the movie director, "In the Nam of the Father," Duckman (animated; also known as Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man), USA Network, 1995.

Himself, "What about Larry?," Wings, NBC, 1996.

Voice of General Axton, "DNA Doomsday," The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (animated; also known as Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures), TBS and Cartoon Network, 1996.

Voice of Bones Duvalier, "Oh, Can I Go Now?," Aaahh!!! Real Monsters (animated), Nickelodeon and YTV (Canada), 1997.

Himself, "Tony Curtis," The Hollywood Greats (also known as Hollywood Greats), BBC, 2002.

Albert Miller, The Young and the Restless (also known as Y&R), CBS, 2003 (multiple episodes).

Appeared as a panelist in Match Game PM (also known as The Match Game), syndicated; appeared in other programs, including Sugarfoot, ABC.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Father Samuel "Sarge" Swanson, Sarge: The Badge or the Cross? (also known as The Badge or the Cross and Sarge), NBC, 1971.

William A. "Bumper" Morgan, The Blue Knight, CBS, 1975.

Harry Walter, Never Say Never, CBS, 1979.

Brakus, The Archer: Fugitive from the Empire (also known as The Archer and the Sorceress and Fugitive from the Empire), NBC, 1981.

Harry Bliss, Bliss, ABC, 1984.

Half-Nelson, NBC, 1985.

Deke Turner, The Gunfighters, syndicated, 1987.

Television Work; Series:

Technical advisor, The Phil Silvers Show (also known as Bilko, The Phil Silvers Show: You'll Never Get Rich, Sergeant Bilko, Sgt. Bilko, and You'll Never Get Rich), CBS, 1955-59.

Stage Appearances:

Appeared as a child actor in various productions.

Radio Appearances:

Appeared as a child actor in radio programs.



Host and narrator, A Better Way (also known as Smith System—A Better Way), Smith System, 1990.

(In archive footage from Earthquake) Sergeant Lew Slade, The Making of "Midway" (short), Universal Studios Home Video, 2001.

Himself, Armed and Deadly: The Making of "The Dirty Dozen" (short), Warner Home Video, 2006.

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