Thursday, October 27, 2016

RIP Michael Kennedy

Michael Charles Kennedy
Thousand Oaks, CA

Ventura County Star
October 27, 2016

Michael Charles Kennedy, 67, a resident of Thousand Oaks and native of Woodstock, Illinois passed away at Northridge Hospital on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 12:39am.

He was a loving father to his only child, Christopher Michael Kennedy, who was his pride and joy. Catherine Dianne Kennedy, his ex-wife and mother of his son was by his bedside.

He is survived by his sister Penny Wortham and her husband, Jim Wortham, nephews Mark Stanoch, Frank Hoegen and his wife, Molly and nieces Brook Galvin, Amy Yang, Heather Wiedamann and Lisa Ash.

Born May 14, 1949 to Frank and Robin Kennedy, Michael enjoyed living all over the world due to his father's military service. From 1971-1975, Michael assisted his parents who owned and operated RVK Talents, one of the first Screen Actors Guild Agencies in Tucson and Tucson Central Casting. Michael then moved to Los Angeles and became a proud member of the Directors Guild of America advancing to the level of First Assistant Director and 2nd Unit Director. During his 45+ years in the film industry, Michael worked on many feature films and movies and mini-series for television including "Walker, Texas Ranger", "The Two Jakes" with Jack Nicholson, "Salsa", "Noble House", "The Winds of War" and "East of Eden". He was also an Assistant Director and Unit Production Manager instructor at California State University, Long Beach Film School. Aftercare Cremation will care for Michael's remains.

The celebration of Michael's life will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 2pm at Paramount Ranch, his favorite film location.

KENNEDY, Michael (Michael Charles Kennedy)
Born: 5/14/1949, Woodstock, Illinois, U.S.A.
Died: 10/23/2016, Northridge, California, U.S.A.

Michael Kennedy’s westerns – production assistat, assistant director, casting:
Death Valley Days (TV) – 1970 [production assistant]
The Soul of Nigger Charlie – 1973 [production assistant]
The Trial of Billy Jack – 1974 [production assistant]
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1974 [production assistant]
The Gun and the Pulpit (TV) – 1974 [production assistant]
The Hanged Man (TV) – 1974 [production assistant]
The Mask of Zorro (TV) – 1974 [production assistant]
Posse – 1975 [extras casting]
Bonanza: Under Attack (TV) – 1995 [assistant director]
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV) – 1995-1997 [assistant director]

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