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Actor Kene Holliday arrested

LOS ANGELES -- Actor Kene Holliday, who appears as Andy Griffith's cohort in the television series 'Matlock,' was arrested Friday for allegedly driving while intoxicated, authorities said.

California Highway Patrol officers pulled over a car driven by Holliday, 39, on Slauson Avenue near La Cienega Boulevard in the unincorporated Baldwin Hills area about 12:10 a.m., sheriff's Deputy Roger Hom said.

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Holliday was booked into the Lennox sheriff's station jail on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving. He was released on his own recognizance shortly after 8 a.m., Sgt. Fred Warman said.

Holliday portrays a legal investigator working for Griffith, who plays a cagey Southern defense lawyer on the NBC mystery-drama series. He was last seen on television in the 1970s in the short-lived series 'Carter Country' and 'Chicago Story,' and made regular appearances on the comedy 'Soap.'

Holliday appeared in the mini-series 'Roots: The Second Generation' and the television movie 'If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium.' He starred in the television movie 'Momma the Detective.'

A former track champion and All-American football player, Holliday earned a degree in speech and drama at the University of Maryland. He was the first black to have a leading role on the school's main stage and was named best actor at the university.

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Holliday made his professional debut in 1970 with the Folger Theatre Group in 'Dionysus Wants You' at the Astor Place Showcase Theatre. From 1972 to 1976, he worked under the tutelage of Moto Jicho in Robert Hooks' D.C. Black Repertory Company.

In 1975, Holliday was stage manager for the Smithsonian's cross-country tour of 33 dancers and musicians from Ghana.

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