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 is of American nationality. He is an actor who is perhaps still best known for his portrayal of one of the lead characters – Sergeant Curtis Baker – in the comedy series “Carter Country”, which aired from 1977 to 1979, which also starred Victor French and Guich Koock. The story follows a redneck sheriff and his deputy, 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.
Youth 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 died, and his mother motivated him to move on with his life and perhaps find solace in sports – this prompted Kene to take up football and running in high school. He attended Copiague High School, where he was the best football player the school had ever seen, and was therefore nicknamed “Mr. Hotshot’, as he scored numerous goals on the field.
After admission in 1967, Kene enrolled at the University of Maryland after getting a scholarship and during his sophomore year there, he became interested in acting and starred in the university’s annual play.
Kene graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971 and then went on to work at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. However, when he started abusing drugs and alcohol, Keen was fired – he would continue to use drugs and drink almost daily for the next 14 years.
Kene’s mother died in December 2010, after years of battling Alzheimer’s disease.
Roles in TV series
Kene is credited with appearing in more than 60 movies and TV series, and we’re about to list some of his most notable performances in this article.
He made his TV series debut in 1976 when he was cast as a guest star as assistant DA Dunn in the episode “A Shield for Murder” of the action-crime drama “Kojak”while the following years saw him appear in a few episodes of many series, such as “The Incredible Hulk” in 1978, the mysterious medical drama “Quincy, ME” in 1979 and the comedy “Soap” in 1980.
He gained recognition in 1985 when he was invited to voice Roadblock, one of the main characters in the animated action-adventure series “GI Joe: A Real American Hero” which also stars Jackson Beck and Christopher Collins, and follows a group of elite soldiers fighting against terrorists .
Kene continued to appear in a single episode of many series – three of his last roles in TV series before retiring from acting were in the action comedy medical crime drama “Diagnosis Murder” in 1996, the crime drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” in 1996. 2005, and the police trial drama “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” in 2008.
Roles in movies
One of Kene’s first notable appearances in films was in the crime drama “See China and Die,” written and directed by Larry Cohen, and starring Esther Rolle and Frank Converse. The story follows a girl who tries to find out who killed her boss.
In 1984 Kene portrayed Major Clark in the science fiction movie “The Philadelphia Experiment”starring Michael Pare, Bobby Di Cicco and Nancy Allen, it follows two sailors living in 1943 who end up in 1984 after their experiment goes awry.
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 provided the voice. of Roadblock.
Three of his last and most notable appearances in films were in the comedy “If It’s Tuesday, It Still Must be Belgium” in 1987, the 1991 biographical film “The Josephine Baker Story” and the drama “Handle Your Business” in 2015.
Kene has been nominated for four awards for his performances, in the 2007 film “Great World of Sound” which won a Newport International Film Festival Best Actor Award for Best Male Performance.
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The 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 may still be known today for her role in the 1982 crime drama sports film “Penitentiary II.” They were married for several years and Janifer gave birth to their child before they divorced – 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 being together for less than three years, they quietly divorced. In the early 1990s, Kene met Linda Copling, a writer 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 and then traveled together while preaching in gospel musicals.
Kene and Linda 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 an argument with someone, smashed the windows of the person’s house, then got into his car and crashed into another car parked nearby. Kene was arrested a number of times for drunk driving and was fired from the “Matlock” series in 1989 for his alcohol abuse.
Kene has loved to travel since he married Linda, and the two have been around the world together – they’ve been to every US state, as well as many European countries, including Sweden, England, and Spain.
They both love animals but have no pets 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 the franchise “Harry Potter”.
Kene is 71 years old. He has short black hair and brown eyes, he is 1.8 m tall and weighs about 72 kg.
As of October 2020, his assets is estimated at over $300,000.