H. WESLEY KENNEY
IN LOVING MEMORY
JANUARY 3, 1926-JANUARY 13, 2015
"Days" Executive Producer/Director,
H. Wesley Kenney, a director who would become an Executive
Producer of "Days of Our Lives", passed away on January 13, 2015 at St. John's
Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He was 89. Kenney had suffered a
heart attack on Christmas Eve after a visit to his daughter's home.
Harry Wesley Kenney Jr. was born on January 3, 1926 in
Dayton, Ohio, the son of Minnie and Harry Kenney Sr. He acted in high school and
college, then had plans to become a drama teacher. However, after graduating
from Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering in 1951, Kenney began
working as a director at the short-lived DuMont TV network, where he would
direct up to 12 different live broadcasts per day. After DuMont stopped
broadcasting in 1956, Kenney would go on to direct and produce soap operas. He
joined "Days of Our Lives" as a producer/director from 1967-1974. He returned to
"Days" in 1976 and was the show's Executive Producer (the first person besides a
Corday to hold that title) from 1977-1979. He was later a Co-Executive Producer
of "The Young and the Restless" from 1982-1987, and the Executive Producer of
"General Hospital" from 1987-1989. While on a brief leave from "Days" from
1974-1976, Kenney directed the entire fifith season of the primetime hit "All in
the Family", as well as the pilot episode of its hit spinoff, "The Jeffersons."
In his later years, Kenney became a professor at the UCLA School of Theater,
Film and Television.
During his career, Kenney was nominated for 19 Emmy
Awards and won 7, including two as a director for "Days of Our Lives" in 1974
and 1978, three as a producer for "The Young and the Restless" in 1983, 1985 and
1986, and two for directing an "ABC Afternoon Playbreak" special in 1974.
In a 2008 interview, Kenney recalled "Days" Executive
Producer Betty Corday: "She was a delightful lady and we worked very well." When
asked how he'd like to be remembered, he stated this: "An average guy, who with
great luck, was able to be successful."
Kenney met his wife, actress Heather North when she joined
the cast of "Days of Our Lives" as Sandy Horton in 1967. They were married in
1971. He is survived by his wife, Heather; four children, Nina, Wesley, Karen
and Kevin; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
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