Who is Kent McCord?

Retired American actor Kent Franklin McWhirter, perhaps known better as Kent McCord, was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 26 September 1942, meaning that his zodiac sign’s Libra. He appeared in 75 movies and TV series prior to his retirement in 2005, and is perhaps still best known for his playing of Captain B. Pilgrim in the 1990 horror science fiction action movie “Predator 2”, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and which starred Danny Glover, Gary Busey and Kevin Peter Hall. It follows Predator as it’s killing people in dystopian Los Angeles, and the movie won one of its five award nominations.

Kent’s been staying away from media since his retirement, and is today leading a peaceful life with his wife in Los Angeles.

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Education and early life

Kent was raised by his parents Laura and Bert McWhirter in Los Angeles, and because he hasn’t spoken of having siblings, most of Kent’s fans believe that he has none.

He grew up being interested in acting, playing lead character in many plays performed at his high school; Kent was also an athlete during his teenage years, and enjoyed running track and playing football.

He matriculated in 1961 and then enrolled at college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 1964.

Roles in movies

Kent’s debut film role was his playing of Casino Patron in the critically acclaimed 1964 musical comedy “Viva Las Vegas”, which George Sidney directed, and which starred Cesare Danova, Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley. It follows a race car driver who’s working as a waiter in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the movie was nominated for three awards. Some of Kent’s other notable performances in the ‘60s were in the ‘65 comedy “John Goldfarb, Please Come Home!”, the ‘66 romantic musical comedy “Frankie and Johnny”, and the ‘67 war drama “The Young Warriors”.

The year 1973 saw him star as Lester Yate in the drama “Beg, Borrow… or Steal”, directed by David Lowell Rich, and which also starred Mike Connors and Michael Cole; it follows three disabled men who are planning to rob a museum. The ‘70s saw Kent appear in a couple of other movies, including in 1977 the dramas “Pine Canyon Is Burning” and “Telethon”, and the 1979 fantasy comedy “Heaven Only Knows”.

In 1982, he played Unger in the popular science fiction comedy “Airplane II: The Sequel”, which Ken Finkleman wrote and directed, and which starred Lloyd Bridges, Julie Hagerty and Robert Hays. It follows Ted Striker who’s trying to prevent a space shuttle from getting too close to the Sun. Kent had only one other film role in the ‘80s: he portrayed Lieutenant Mike Delaney in the 1989 crime drama “Nashville Beat”.

His most notable performance in the ‘90s was perhaps playing the main character Colonel John Reynolds in the 1993 horror “Return of the Living Dead III”, directed by Brian Yuzna, and which also starred James T. Callahan and Sarah Douglas. It follows a man who’s trying to revive his girlfriend, who has just been killed in a car accident, and the film won three of its four award nominations.

Kent’s final three movie roles were in the 2001 action fantasy adventure “Megiddo: The Omega Code 2”, the 2002 comedy “Run Ronnie Run”, and the 2005 action science fiction “Tides of War”.

Roles in TV series

Kent’s debut TV series role was as Marine Officer in Waiting Room in the 1964 episode “The War Called Peace” of the drama “The Lieutenant”, and the remainder of the ‘60s saw him appear in an episode of many series, such as the war comedy “McHale’s Navy”, the western comedy “Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats”, and the drama “Run for Your Life”.

From 1968 to 1975, he starred as Officer Jim Reed in all the 174 episodes of the crime drama “Adam-12”, created by Robert A. Cinader and Jack Webb, and which also starred Martin Milner and Shaaron Claridge. The series follows two police officers as they’re patrolling Los Angeles, and it was nominated for six awards. The remainder of the ‘70s saw Kent appear in an episode of the drama “Marcus Welby, M. D.”, the action adventure “Black Sheep Squadron”, and the romantic comedy “The Love Boat”.

He had only a couple of TV series roles in the ‘80s – the most popular amongst these was perhaps the fantasy comedy “Monsters”, created by Richard P. Rubinstein and Mitchell Galin, and which starred John Bolger, Pamela Dean Kelly and Michael J. Anderson. It follows a family of monsters as they’re watching various horror stories on their TV, and the series aired from 1988 through 1990.

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Some of Kent’s notable performances in the ‘90s were in the adventure mystery “Dark Skies”, the action crime adventure “Renegade”, and the crime mystery “Diagnosis Murder”, all in 1997.

His final TV series role was his playing of Jack Crichton in 10 episodes of the action adventure drama “Farscape”, created by Rockne S. O’Bannon, and which starred Ben Browder, Claudia Black and Anthony Simcoe. It follows an Earth astronaut who’s become stuck on an alien starship, the series aired from 1999 to 2003, and won 12 of its 41 award nominations.

Other credits

Kent wrote and produced the 1989 crime movie “Nashville Beat”.

Some of his talk-show appearances, while he was still active in the film industry, were in “E! True Hollywood Story”, “Behind the Music”, and “Hollywood Squares”.

Awards and nominations

Kent won a Ralph Morgan Award at the 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Love life and wife

Kent hasn’t shared a lot about his love life, but it’s still widely known that he’s been married to American non-celebrity Cynthia Lee Doty since 14 July 1962, so recently celebrated their diamond anniversary.

Cynthia avoids being in media, but has still made a guest appearance, alongside her husband, in a couple of popular talk-shows, including “The Merv Griffin Show”, “The Mike Douglas Show” and “Tattletales”. Cynthia and Kent met while they were attending the same high school.

They have three children together: their daughter Kristen was born on 28 February 1963 and is today an actress and musician; their second daughter Megan followed on 21 April 1971, but the birthdate of their son Michael remains undisclosed.

Kent hasn’t spoken about his other relationships (if any), is married to Cynthia Lee Doty as of December 2022, and they have three children together.

Interesting facts and hobbies

In 1972, Kent joined the Screen Actors Guild’s National Board of Directors, and held the position for 11 years; during that time, he was elected First Vice President twice.

He’s a huge fan of car racing, with his favorite being the Indianapolis Speedway.

Kent was 10 years old when he was paid 50 cents per hour to work at his father’s gas station, and as a teenager he worked at an airport.

He was good friends with the late American actress Julie London, who was also born on 26 September.

Kent’s a philanthropist, and spent 10 years playing on the Celebrity All Stars Basketball Team, raising money for a number of charity organizations.

Some of his favorite actors are Robert Duvall, Robert Redford and Michael Douglas, and a couple of his favorite movies are “Secondhand Lions”, “A Shot at Glory” and “Assassination Tango”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Kent’s age is 80. His eyes are blue and he has grey hair, he’s 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall and weighs about 190lbs (85kgs).

Kent’s net worth’s been estimated at over $1.3 million, as of December 2022.

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