Kenneth Earl Holliday (born June 25, 1949) is an American actor of stage, film, and television. He is known for his role as Ben Matlock's original private investigator, Tyler Hudson on ''Matlock (TV series), Matlock'' and as Sgt. Curtis Baker on ''Carter Country'' from 1977 until 1979. He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his performance in the film ''Great World of Sound''.


Holliday, a product of the Copiague area of Long Island, New York was raised in a Christians, Christian home, born into a Baptist family. At age 12 he lost his father. With the encouragement of his mother he participated in Track and field athletics, track at Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School, Copiague High School where he was part of the Fantastic Four Relay Team and was the star of his American football, football team. He was nicknamed as ''Mr. Hotshot'' and was known as a "scoring machine" on the football field. He graduated in 1967 and attended University of Maryland on a full scholarship. As he recalled, times were turbulent and the football team was preparing to go on strike against the National Collegiate Athletic Association, NCAA over a change in coaches. He was "jazzed" by a class he took related to the history of theater and acting became his new passion. In 1969, as an undergraduate he played Yank in ''The Hairy Ape'' by Eugene O'Neill. He was the first black person to perform in a leading role on the college's "main stage." After graduation from college his first work was with the Inaugural Theater Group at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. There, he conducted workshops as a founding member of the D.C. Black Repertory Company. In 1975, he was fired from his job because of his continued problems with drugs and alcohol. His chemical abuse continued for the next 14 years. However, despite those problems he starred in the role of Carlyle in David Rabe's Vietnam War-era play ''Streamers (play), Streamers'' at the Lincoln Theatre (Washington, D.C.), Lincoln Theatre. That play led him to Los Angeles in 1976 where he guest-starred on several shows such as ''Kojak''; ''What's Happening!!''; ''The Incredible Hulk (1978 TV series), The Incredible Hulk''; ''Quincy, M.E.''; ''Lou Grant (TV series), Lou Grant''; ''Soap (TV series), Soap'' and its spin-off series, ''Benson (TV series), Benson''; ''The Jeffersons''; ''The Fall Guy''; ''Hart to Hart'' and ''Doogie Howser, M.D.'' He guest starred on many other shows. His first "featuring" television series was ''Carter Country'' where he co-starred with Victor French as Sgt. Curtis Baker from 1977 until 1979. He also was featured in ''Roots: The Next Generations'' and starred in a series of pilots which failed to make it to the air as regular series. Kene provided the voice of the character Roadblock in the 1980s cartoon series, ''G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (1985 TV series), G.I. Joe'' and 1987's ''G.I. Joe: The Movie.'' In 1985, he appeared in the TV film ''Badge of the Assassin.'' In early 1986 while providing the voice of Roadblock, he received a phone call from producers Fred Silverman and Dean Hargrove. He was their first choice to play Matlock's private investigator Tyler Hudson on the ''Matlock'' series opposite TV veteran Andy Griffith. Holliday said in a 2012 interview with Blake Radio that when he was 11 years old he occasionally watched ''The Andy Griffith Show''; he had recognized all the characters from his mentor's show and won the ''Matlock'' role. He was eventually fired from the series due to ongoing concerns around his substance abuse.

Other TV work and personal life

He has numerous television and movie appearances to his credit, including roles in ''G.I. Joe: The Movie'' (1987), CBS’s made-for-television movie ''Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story, Miracle On The Mountain'' (2000), ''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''. Holliday became a traveling evangelist, and he and his wife spent the next decade preaching in gospel musicals. In 2002 Holliday became the round-the-clock caregiver for his mother,https://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/02/nyregion/nyregionspecial2/02peopleli.html?_r=0 who suffers from Alzheimer's disease and subsequently became a member of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. While taking care of his mother, he accepted the lead role in the movie ''Great World of Sound'' in 2007.



*Gotham Awards **2008: Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor, Breakthrough Actor: ''Great World of Sound'' (Nominated) *Independent Spirit Award **2008: Best Supporting Male: ''Great World of Sound'' (Nominated)


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