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Kenneth MacKENNA

Male 1899 - 1962  (62 years)


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  • Name Kenneth MacKENNA 
    Born 19 Aug 1899  Canterbury, Merrimack County, NH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Social Security No. 109-01-3936 
    Name Leo MIELZINER Jr. 
    Died 15 Jan 1962  Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Guide to the Mielziner Family Papers, 1890-1935 <http://www.nypl.org/research/manuscripts/the/themiel3.xml>, © 2003 The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations, all rights reserved :

      . . . Leo Mielziner Jr., was born on August 19, 1899 in Canterbury, New Hampshire, and while still in his teens was acting in and directing stage plays. After military service Leo signed a three-year acting contract with producer William Brady, and soon changed his name to Kenneth MacKenna (adapting the name from his mother's family line, with a slight change in spelling). By 1923 Kenneth had appeared in seven Broadway shows, and had toured the country in two of them. His stage credits include Nerves (1924) with Humphrey Bogart and Mary Philips (who were later to marry), and What Every Woman Knows (1926), with Helen Hayes. In 1929 MacKenna was among the many stage actors sought by Hollywood studios to appear in early talking pictures. Having signed a contract with Fox Films to play leading roles, MacKenna moved to California and appeared in a number of movies, including John Ford's Men Without Women (1930), George Cukor's Virtuous Sin (1930) with Walter Huston and Kay Francis, and Those We Love (1932) with Mary Astor, among others. MacKenna also directed several movies, including The Spider (1931) and Walls of Gold (1933). He was married to actress Kay Francis from 1931 to 1934. In the mid-1930s MacKenna returned to New York and resumed his stage career. In 1938 he married onetime co-star Mary Philips, former wife of Humphrey Bogart. Shortly afterward he was hired as story editor for MGM, first in New York and then back in Hollywood, where he eventually became head of the department. In the late 1950s Kenneth McKenna left MGM and resumed his acting career, appearing on Broadway in Dore Schary's drama The Highest Tree (1959) and on screen in Judgement at Nuremburg (1961). He died of cancer in January 1962, at the age of 62.

      (2) California Death Index, 1940-1997 [database online], Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000:

      Name: Kenneth M MacKenna
      Social Security #: 109-01-3936
      Sex: MALE
      Birth Date: 19 Aug 1899
      Birthplace: New Hampshire
      Death Date: 15 Jan 1962
      Death Place: Los Angeles
      Mother's Maiden Name: Friend

      (3) www.findagrave.com:

      Kenneth MacKenna
      Birth: Aug. 19, 1899
      Death: Jan. 15, 1962

      Actor. Born in Canterbury, New Hampshire, he appeared in seven Broadway shows by 1923, was signed to Fox Films and made his screen debut in "Miss Blue Beard" (1925), followed by "A Kiss in the Dark" (1925). A veteran of over 25 feature films, his credits include "The Sea Rose" (1929), "Temple Tower" (1930), "High Time" (1960), "Judgment at Nuremberg" (1961) and "13 West Street" (1962). For television, he appeared on ""Bonanza", "Hong Kong", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Barbara Stanwyck Show". He died at age 62 in Hollywood, California. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)

      Cause of death: cancer

      Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
      Plot: Great Mausoleum, Iris Columbarium, Niche 27261

      Maintained by: Find A Grave
      Record added: Oct 16, 2000
      Find A Grave Memorial# 13018
    Person ID I15317  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2020 

    Father Leo MIELZINER, Sr.,   b. 8 Dec 1869, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1935, Truro, Barnstable County, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ella MacKenna FRIEND,   b. 18 Mar 1873, Manchester, NH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1968  (Age 94 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F6870  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Kay FRANCIS,   b. 13 Jan 1905, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, OK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1968, New York City, New York County, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 17 Jan 1931  Avalon, Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Feb 1933 
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F6868  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary PHILIPS,   b. 23 Jan 1901, New London, New London County, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1975, Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married Aug 1938 
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2020 
    Family ID F6871  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart