Burt Kennedy

Burt Kennedy
Born (1922-09-03)September 3, 1922
Muskegon, Michigan, United States
Died February 15, 2001(2001-02-15) (aged 78)
Sherman Oaks, California, United States
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Occupation Film director, writer, producer
Years active 1955–2000

Burt Kennedy (September 3, 1922 – February 15, 2001) was an American screenwriter and director known mainly for directing Westerns.


After World War II service in the 1st Cavalry Division, the Muskegon, Michigan-born Kennedy found work writing for radio, then used his training as a cavalry officer to secure a job as a fencing trainer and fencing stunt double in films. That led to Kennedy being hired to write for a television program with a fencing theme for John Wayne's Batjac Productions.

Although the TV program was never produced, it led Kennedy to write screenplays for a number of Batjac films starting with the 1956 western Seven Men from Now starring Randolph Scott. In the 1960s, after also becoming a film director, Kennedy moved on to write for western television programs. He wrote and directed an episode from the first season of the '60s TV series Combat! titled "The Walking Wounded."

In 1996, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.[1]

An Army lieutenant in World War II, during which he received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart, Kennedy was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.[2]



Year Title Director Producer Writer Other Notes
1956 Seven Men From Now Yes
Gun the Man Down Yes
Man in the Vault Yes
1957 The Tall T Yes
1959 Ride Lonesome Yes
1960 Comanche Station Yes
1961 The Canadians Yes Yes
1962 Six Black Horses Yes
1964 Mail Order Bride Yes Yes
1965 The Rounders Yes Yes
The Money Trap Yes
1966 Return of the Seven Yes
1967 Return of the Gunfighter Yes
Welcome to Hard Times Yes Yes
The War Wagon Yes
1969 Support Your Local Sheriff! Yes
Young Billy Young Yes Yes
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys Yes
1970 Dirty Dingus Magee Yes Yes
1971 The Deserter Yes
Support Your Local Gunfighter Yes Yes Executive producer
Hannie Caulder Yes Yes
1973 The Train Robbers Yes Yes
1976 The Killer Inside Me Yes
1977 Escape from the Dark Yes
1980 Wolf Lake Yes Yes
1987 The Trouble with Spies Yes Yes Yes
1990 Big Bad John Yes Yes
White Hunter Black Heart Yes
1991 Suburban Commando Yes
2000 Comanche Yes Yes


Year Title Notes
1974 Shootout in a One-Dog Town Director
Television movie
Sidekicks Director/Producer
Television movie
All the Kind Strangers Director
Television movie
1977 The Rhinemann Exchange Director
Television miniseries
1978 Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid Director
Television movie
1979 The Wild Wild West Revisited Director
Television movie
1980 More Wild Wild West Director
Television movie
1986 Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills Director
Television movie
1987 The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory Director
Television movie
1988 Once Upon a Texas Train Director/Producer/Writer
Television movie
Where the Hell's That Gold? Director/Producer/Writer
Television movie


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