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Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. (September 6, 1888 – November 18, 1969) was an American businessman, investor, and government official. Kennedy was the husband of Rose Kennedy. Their children included President John F. Kennedy (1917–1963), Attorney General and Senator...Wikipedia

Age: 81 (age at death)
Born: 6th September, 1888, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 18th November, 1969, Hyannisport, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 4' 10" (147 cm)
Nationality: American
Claim to Fame: Built famous Kennedy family fortune and initial fa

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Was a distant cousin of his wife, Rose Kennedy, whom he married in 1914. Rose was the daughter of John F. Fitzgerald, the Democratic mayor of Boston, Massachusetts, who as the fabled "Honey Fitz" was the most recognized politician in the city.


In 1925 he was retained by the financially troubled owner of Film Booking Office of America (FBO), a "Poverty Row" studio specializing in cheaply made westerns, to help find a new owner. Kennedy formed his own group of investors and bought FBO for $1.5 million. Subsequently, he moved to California in March 1926 to focus on running the studio. At the time movie studios were permitted to also own exhibition companies (a practice that was stopped by a 1947 Supreme Court decision involving Paramount Pictures), so Kennedy launched a hostile buyout of the Keith-Albee-Orpheum Theaters Corporation (KAO), which had more than 700 vaudeville and movie theaters across the U.S. In 1927 he acquired another production studio and film exhibitor, American Pathé, and its Pathé Exchange distribution subsidiary. In October 1928 he formally merged his film companies FBO and KAO with RCA`s Photophone Division to form Radio-Keith-Orpheum (RKO). He topped this off by acquiring the Pantages Theater chain for $3.5 million, creating a major studio in the process with RKO Pictures.


Whenever you`re sitting across from some important person, always picture him sitting there in a suit of long red underwear. That`s the way I always operated in business.


Jack doesn`t belong anymore to just a family. He belongs to the country.


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jimmy917 - They all had a curse. And 4 of them got what they deserved. (4 weeks ago)
JBella - I am sure he had way more affairs than this. He was such a runaround on his dear wife. She held down the fort though. (3 years ago)

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