Who is Kene Holliday and where is he today?
Kenneth Earl ‘Kene’ Holiday was born in Copiague, Suffolk County, New York State, USA on June 25, 1949 – his zodiac sign is Cancer and he holds US citizenship. He is an actor who is perhaps best known for his portrayal of one of the main characters – Sergeant Curtis Baker – in the comedy series “Carter Country”, which aired from 1977 to 1979, and which also starred Victor French and Guich Koock. The story follows a redneck sheriff and his deputy who is an educated black man – the series received mixed reviews.
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Kene retired from acting in 2015 and has since lived a seemingly peaceful life with his wife in Los Angeles, California.
Childhood and education
Kene was raised in Copiague as an only child by his mother who was a seamstress and his father who was a construction worker. When Kene was 12, his father passed away and his mother motivated him to move on with his life and perhaps find solace in sports – this led to Kene starting playing football in high school and running on the track . He attended Copiague High School, where he was the best football player the school had ever seen, and thus was nicknamed “Mr. Hotshot’, as he scored many goals on the pitch.
After graduating in 1967, Kene enrolled at the University of Maryland after being offered a scholarship, and during his sophomore year there he became interested in acting and did a starring role. in the annual university play.
Kene graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1971 and then worked at the Folger Shakespeare Library located in Washington, DC. However, as he began to abuse drugs and alcohol, Keen was fired from his job – he would continue to use drugs. and drink almost daily for the next 14 years.
Kene’s mother died in December 2010, after battling Alzheimer’s disease for years.
Roles in television series
Kene has been credited with starring in over 60 movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of his most notable performances in this article.
He made his first TV series appearance in 1976, when he guest starred as assistant DA Dunn in the episode “A Shield for Murder” of the action crime drama “Kojak”, while that the following years saw him appear in single episodes of numerous series. , such as “The Incredible Hulk” in 1978, the medical mystery drama “Quincy, ME” in 1979, and the comedy “Soap” in 1980.
He gained recognition in 1985 when he was asked to play Roadblock, one of the main characters in the animated action-adventure series “GI Joe: A Real American Hero” also starring Jackson Beck and Christopher Collins, and follows a group of elite soldiers fighting terrorists. .
Kene went on to appear in a single episode of numerous series – three of his last TV series roles before retiring from filmmaking were in the 1996 medical crime action-drama “Diagnosis Murder”, the crime drama ” Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 2005, and the crime procedural drama “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” in 2008.
One of Kene’s first notable performances in movies was in the crime drama ‘See China and Die’, written and directed by Larry Cohen, and which also starred Esther Rolle and Frank Converse – the story follows a woman roommate trying to find out who killed his boss.
In 1984, Kene played Major Clark in the sci-fi film “The Philadelphia Experiment”, starring Michael Pare, Bobby Di Cicco and Nancy Allen, and which follows two sailors living in 1943 who reunite in 1984 after their experience goes wrong.
Some of Kene’s next film roles were in the comedy-drama “No Small Affair” also in 1984, the drama “Badge of the Assassin” in 1985, and the animated action-adventure film “GI Joe: The Movie” in which he voiced Roadblock.
Three of her final and most notable film performances were in the comedy “If It’s Tuesday, It Must Always Be Belgium” in 1987, the 1991 biopic “The Josephine Baker Story” and the drama “Handle Your Business” in 2015.
Kene was nominated for four awards for his performances, in the 2007 film “Great World of Sound”, winning the Newport International Film Festival Best Actor award for Best Male Performance.
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Other nominations were for a Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor (2007), an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actor (2008), and a Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor (2008).
Wife Linda Copling
Kene has been married three times; his first wife was Janifer Baker, an actress who died on May 18, 1984, and might still be known today for her role in the 1982 crime sports drama film “Penitentiary II.” They were married for several years and Janifer gave birth to their child before divorcing. It is believed that Janifer filed for divorce because Kene couldn’t stop drinking.
He then married an unfamous woman, Dolly, who gave birth to their child, but after less than three years together they quietly divorced. In the early 90s, Kene met Linda Copling, a writer best known for her book “Woman of God: A Dedicated Vessel: A Memoir”, and she helped him overcome his alcohol problems. They married on April 6, 1996, then traveled together while preaching in gospel musicals.
Kene and Linda have agreed not to have children, so as of October 2020 Kene is married to his third wife and has two children from his two previous marriages.
Hobbies and other interests
At one point in his life, Kene’s main hobby was drinking alcohol and causing trouble – on December 30, 1988, he had a fight with someone, broke the windows in the house of the person then got into his car, crashing into another car parked nearby. Kene was arrested several times for drunk driving and was fired from the “Matlock” series in 1989 due to his alcohol abuse.
Kene has been traveling since he married Linda, and the two have traveled the world together – they’ve been to every US state, as well as many European countries including Sweden, England and Spain.
They are both animal lovers, but don’t have any as they still travel occasionally.
Kene has his own favorite actor and actress who are Elvis Presley and Emma Watson, and some of his favorite movies are “Viva Las Vegas”, “Blue Hawaii” and “Harry Potter” franchise.
Kene’s age is 71. He has short black hair and brown eyes, his height is 5 feet 11 inches (1.8 m) and he weighs around 160 pounds (72 kg).
As of October 2020, his net worth is estimated to be over $300,000.