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Burt Kennedy (September 3, 1922 - February 15, 2001) was an American
screenwriter and director known for mainly directing film Westerns. After World
War II service in the 1st Cavalry Division, Muskegon, Michigan-born Kennedy
found work writing for radio, then used his training as a cavalry officer to
secure a job as a fencing trainer and fencing stunt doubles in films. That led
to Kennedy being hired to write for a television program with a fencing theme
for John Wayne's Batjac productions. Although the TV program was never produced
it led the young writer to write screenplays for a number of Batjac films
starting with the 1956 film Seven Men from Now. In the 1960s, after also
becoming a film director, Kennedy moved on to write for western television
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