Bill Kennedy (I) (1908–1997)

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"...And who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way!" Remember that familiar voice on TV's Adventures of Superman (1952)? That belonged to Bill Kennedy. Kennedy's moneymaker was in his rich, resonant voice. One of the more prolific ... See full bio »

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Known For

The People's Choice Abner Snell
Destination Tokyo Torpedo Gunnery Officer
I Shot Billy the Kid Deputy John Poe
Adventures of Superman Announcer / Credits Announcement / Intro Announcement / Narrator / Race Track Announcer / Radio Announcer #1 / Wrestling Announcer


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 1967 Don't Make Waves
Reporter (uncredited)
 1952-1958 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Announcer / Race Track Announcer / Narrator / ...
- All That Glitters (1958) ... Announcer (voice, uncredited)
- The Perils of Superman (1958) ... Announcer (voice, uncredited)
- The Brainy Burro (1958) ... Announcer (voice, uncredited)
- Three in One (1958) ... Announcer (voice, uncredited)
- Superman's Wife (1958) ... Announcer (voice, uncredited)
 1957 The Silent Service (TV Series)
- The Jack at Tokyo (1957) ... (uncredited)
 1956 Bill Kennedy at the Movies (TV Series)
Bill Kennedy
 1956 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Truck Driver
- Millionaire Jane Carr (1956) ... Truck Driver
 1956 Sky King (TV Series)
- Boomerang (1956) ... Bishop
 1954-1955 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Brigham Young / Henchman / George Cluett / ...
- Miracle of the Sea Gulls (1955) ... Brigham Young
- I Am Joaquin (1955) ... Henchman (uncredited)
- Halfway Girl (1954) ... George Cluett
- 11,000 Miners Can't Be Wrong (1954) ... DA Leonard Pike
- Mr. Godiva (1954) ... Newspaper Editor (uncredited)
 1955 I Died a Thousand Times
 1955 Lucy Gallant
Newspaper Reporter at Fashion Show (uncredited)
 1955 Buffalo Bill, Jr. (TV Series)
McKeever - Railroad Agent
- Empire Pass (1955) ... McKeever - Railroad Agent
 1950-1955 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Ames / Rusty / Phineas Stacy / ...
- Code of the Pioneers (1955) ... Ames
- Dan Reid's Sacrifice (1955) ... Rusty
- Drink of Water (1950) ... Phineas Stacy
- White Man's Magic (1950) ... Ira Boles
- Barnaby Boggs, Esquire (1950) ... Red Kruger
 1954-1955 The Lineup (TV Series)
Police Capt. Leonard
- Cop Killer (1954) ... Police Capt. Leonard
 1954-1955 I Married Joan (TV Series)
General / 1st Desk Sergeant
- Lieutenant General (1955) ... General
- Two Saint Bernards (1954) ... 1st Desk Sergeant
 1955 Unchained
Sanders (uncredited)
 1954-1955 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (TV Series)
The Army Sergeant / Arthur Stebbins
- George's Mother-in-Law Trouble (1955) ... The Army Sergeant
- An Elephant Sits on Gracie's Fender (1954) ... Arthur Stebbins (uncredited)
 1954 At This Moment (Short)
John O'Shea
 1950-1954 The Cisco Kid (TV Series)
Sam Foster / Deputy Sheriff Cogley / Hank Jaggett / ...
- Pot of Gold (1954) ... Deputy Sheriff Cogley
- The Haunted Stage Stop (1954) ... Hank Jaggett
- Uncle Disinherits Niece (1951) ... Sam Foster
- Phoney Sheriff (1951) ... Sam Kelly
- Haven for Heavies (1951) ... Red Kelly
 1954 The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse (TV Series)
 1954 Public Defender (TV Series)
- High Stakes (1954) ... Andy
 1954 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
 1954 Stories of the Century (TV Series)
Capt. James Williams
- Henry Plummer (1954) ... Capt. James Williams
 1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
- The Paper Sword (1954)
 1954 Your Favorite Story (TV Series)
 1953 Born to the Saddle
Jeff (uncredited)
 1952 Professor F.B.I. (Short)
FBI Trainee
 1952 Red Planet Mars
News Commentator #1 (uncredited)
 1952 The Unexpected (TV Series)
- Calculated Risk (1952) ... Narrator
 1952 Chevron Theatre (TV Series)
 1951 The Range Rider (TV Series)
Gang Boss / Riker Hannigan
- The Secret Lode (1951) ... Gang Boss
- The Range Rider (1951) ... Riker Hannigan
 1951 The Gene Autry Show (TV Series)
Henchman Bill / Vance Evans / Sheriff Tom Lash / ...
- The Bandits of Boulder Bluff (1951) ... Henchman Bill
- Warning! Danger! (1951) ... Vance Evans
- Double Barreled Vengeance (1951) ... Sheriff Tom Lash
- The Raiders (1951) ... The Sheriff
 1951 Racket Squad (TV Series)
- The Salted Mine (1951) ... Sawyer
 1951 Boston Blackie (TV Series)
- Fortune Teller (1951)
 1951 Nevada Badmen
Jensen - Banker
 1951 Canyon Raiders
Hemingway (uncredited)
 1951 Silver City Bonanza
Monk Monroe
 1951 Cry Danger
Cop at Trailer Park (uncredited)
 1951 Abilene Trail
Rancher Colter
 1951 Two Lost Worlds
Martin Shannon (as William Kennedy)
 1950 The Marshall of Trail City (TV Short)
 1950 Border Outlaws
Carson, Dude Ranch Guest
 1950 Border Rangers
Sgt. Carlson
 1950 Train to Tombstone
Rev. Jared Greeley (uncredited)
 1950 I Shot Billy the Kid
Deputy John Poe
 1950 Peggy
Reporter (uncredited)
 1950 Storm Over Wyoming
Jess Rawlins
 1950 Gunslingers
Ace Larabee
 1950 Chain Lightning
Radio Man at Test Flight (uncredited)
 1949 Malaya
Intern (uncredited)
 1949 Trail of the Yukon
 1949 Forgotten Women
Bill Dunning
 1949 Law of the West
Dan Nixon - Land Agent
 1949 Shadows of the West
Banker Ward
 1949 Dynamite
Construction Worker (uncredited)
 1948 Belle Starr's Daughter
Kiowa Marshal (uncredited)
 1948 Joan of Arc
Thierache - Joan's Executioner: The Trial at Rouen
 1948 Sheriff of Medicine Bow
Barry Stuart
 1948 In This Corner
Al Barton
 1948 A Southern Yankee
Lt. Sheve (uncredited)
 1948 Triggerman
 1948 I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes
2nd Detective
 1948 Raw Deal
Drunk (uncredited)
 1948 Assigned to Danger
Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
 1948 Overland Trails
Carter Morgan
 1947 The Gangster
Thug (uncredited)
 1947 Louisiana
 1947 News Hounds
Mark Morgan
 1947 The Case of the Baby Sitter
Homicide Lt. MacGruder
 1947 Web of Danger
Ernie Reardon
 1947 Fun on a Week-End
Bill Davis (uncredited)
 1947 Seven Were Saved
Colonel (uncredited)
 1946 That Brennan Girl
Arthur, Helen's Husband
 1946 The Bachelor's Daughters
Mr. Stapp
 1946 Of Human Bondage
 1946 Don't Gamble with Strangers
Harry Amold
 1946 The People's Choice
Abner Snell (as Drew Kennedy)
 1945 The Royal Mounted Rides Again
Cpl. J. Wayne Decker
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue
Herbert Stone
 1945 Escape in the Desert
Hank Albright
 1944 Hollywood Canteen
Busboy (uncredited)
 1944 The Last Ride
Correlli (uncredited)
 1944 Crime by Night
Hospital Attendant (uncredited)
 1944 The Doughgirls
Tall Guy who Punches Drake (uncredited)
 1944 Make Your Own Bed
FBI Agent (uncredited)
 1944 Mr. Skeffington
Bill Thatcher
 1944 The Adventures of Mark Twain
Townsman (uncredited)
 1943 Destination Tokyo
Torpedo Gunnery Officer
 1943 Food and Magic (Documentary short)
Husband (uncredited)
 1943 Northern Pursuit
Mountie (uncredited)
 1943 Princess O'Rourke
Second Airline Dispatcher (uncredited)
 1943 Murder on the Waterfront
First Officer Barnes
 1943 This Is the Army
News Commentator (uncredited)
 1943 Mission to Moscow
American Newsman (uncredited)
 1943 Air Force
Marine (uncredited)
 1943 Truck Busters
Tim Shaughnessy (uncredited)
 1943 The Hard Way
Radio Announcer (uncredited)
 1942 Beyond the Line of Duty (Short)
Wheless' Air Force Buddy (uncredited)
 1942 Now, Voyager
Hamilton Hunneker (uncredited)
 1942 You Can't Escape Forever
Reporter at Execution (uncredited)
 1942 Busses Roar
The Moocher
 1942 Secret Enemies
Radio Broadcaster (voice, uncredited)
 1942 Flying Fortress
Manhattan News Radio Announcer (uncredited)
 1942 Winning Your Wings (Short)
Pilot with Blonde (uncredited)
 1941 Highway West
Cop in Car-Crash (uncredited)
Show Show Self (1 credit)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Alternate Names:

Drew Kennedy | William Kennedy


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It was a brand-new thing when I was a kid. I was about 13 or 14 when [the crystal radio sets] came out. And I used to listen to whatever programs they had on radio in those days and I thought, "I can do this," and that's how I became intrigued with becoming an announcer. See more »


His one-time recording deal as the "Superman" announcer netted him only $350. He regretted not asking for screen credit which would have earned him much more in the long run. See more »

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