Thursday, November 20, 2008


November 20, 1925:
Robert F. Kennedy, American politician, is born.

Here's a thumbnail biography from Wikipedia:

Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also called RFK, was the United States Attorney General from 1961 to 1964 and a US Senator from New York from 1965 until his assassination in 1968. He was one of U.S. President John F. Kennedy's younger brothers, and also one of his most trusted advisers and worked closely with the president during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He also made a significant contribution to the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

After his brother's assassination in late 1963, Kennedy continued as Attorney General under President Johnson for nine months. He resigned in September 1964 and was elected to the United States Senate from New York that November. He broke with Johnson over the Vietnam War, among other issues.

After Eugene McCarthy nearly defeated Johnson in the New Hampshire Primary in early 1968, Kennedy announced his own campaign for president, seeking the nomination of the Democratic Party. Kennedy defeated McCarthy in the critical California primary but was shot shortly after midnight of June 5, 1968, dying on June 6. On June 9, President Johnson assigned security staff to all Presidential candidates and declared an official day of national mourning in response to the public grief following Kennedy's death.

Various moments in Robert Kennedy's life have been portrayed in Toobworld over the years, usually in the shadow of his older brother Jack's story. But with "RFK" in 2002, he was given the spotlight, with Linus Roache, now of 'Law & Order', in the lead role. This is why Roache has been chosen to represent RFK in the Tele-Folks Directory of Toobworld.

Here's the list of actors who've portrayed Robert F. Kennedy on TV:

Sam Chew Jr.
. . . Tail Gunner Joe (1977)

Cliff De Young
. . . "King" (1978)

Timothy C. Furlong
. . . "Unsolved History" (2002)
{Robert F. Kennedy Assassination (#2.13)}

David Marshall Grant
. . . Citizen Cohn (1992)

Brian Hill
. . . Keep the Faith, Baby (2002)

James F. Kelly
. . . J. Edgar Hoover (1987)

Robert Knepper
. . . Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot (2001)

Peter Krantz
. . . Sugartime (1995)

Jim McMullan
. . . Francis Gary Powers: The True Story of the U-2 Spy Incident (1976)

Linus Roache
. . . RFK (2002)

John Shea
. . . "Kennedy" (1983)

Martin Sheen
. . . Missiles of October, The (1974)

Cotter Smith
. . . Blood Feud (1983)

Toby O'B

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