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Kene Holliday
Born Kenneth Earl Holliday
June 25, 1949 (1949-06-25) (age 60)
Copiague, New York, USA
Occupation Actor

Kenneth Earl "Kene" Holliday (born June 25, 1949) is a prolific American character actor of stage, film and television, best known for his role as Andy Griffith's original private investigator, Tyler Hudson, on the hit television series Matlock. Though he auditioned and won the role, it turned out that he and his series' lead, Andy Griffith, did not get along well with each other even though his character was frequently seen in almost every episode for the first two seasons.

Holliday was said to have developed problems with alcohol while Griffith was said to be difficult to work with himself. During the third season of Matlock in 1988, Holliday's problems persisted and he was eventually sent to rehab in an attempt to overcome his now apparent dependence on drugs and alcohol. By the time he emerged from rehab three months later in 1989, he had already been let go from the show. He was replaced in the TV series by actor Clarence Gilyard, who took over the role until 1993.

Holliday was born in Copiague, Suffolk County, New York. His first television series was Carter Country where he co-starred with Victor French as Sgt. Curtis Baker from 1977 until 1979. Kene provided the voice of the character Roadblock in the 1980s cartoon series, G.I. Joe, and 1987's G.I. Joe: The Movie. He has numerous television and movie credits including roles in G.I. Joe: The Movie (2000), CBS’s made for television movie “Miracle On The Mountain” (2003), Hope & Faith (2004), and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2005).

He published a book of poetry in 1998 entitled "The Book of K-III: The Contemporary Poetics of Kene Holliday".

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