Kene Holliday

Born Jun 25, 1949

Kenneth Earl "Kene" Holliday is a prolific American character actor of stage, film, and television, best known for his role as Ben Matlock's original private investigator, Tyler Hudson, on Andy Griffith's hit television series Matlock.

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1949 Birth Born on June 25, 1949.


1967 18 Years Old He graduated in 1967, and attended University of Maryland on full scholarship. … Read More


1969 20 Years Old He was “jazzed” by a class in 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. … Read More
1975 26 Years Old In 1975, he was fired from his job because of his problem with drugs and alcohol. … Read More
1976 27 Years Old That play led him to Los Angeles in 1976, when he guest-starred in several shows such as: Kojak, What's Happening!! … Read More


1986 37 Years Old His big break came in 1986, when he was offered a co-starring role as private investigator, Tyler Hudson, on the NBC series, Matlock. … Read More
1988 39 Years Old During the third season of Matlock in 1988, Holliday's substance abuse persisted and he was eventually sent to rehab in 1989 in an attempt to overcome his (now very apparent) dependence on drugs and alcohol. … Read More


1993 44 Years Old He was replaced in the TV series by actor Clarence Gilyard, who took over the role until 1993. … Read More
1996 47 Years Old He married his current wife, Linda, in 1996. … Read More


2007 58 Years Old While taking care of his mother, he accepted the lead role in the movie Great World of Sound, in 2007.
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