Brian Dennehy

Brian Dennehy

81 (passed away Apr. 16th, 2020)
Jul. 9th, 1938
Born in
Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
6' 2

Brian Dennehy's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Dynasty TV Show
Masters of Science Fiction TV Show
Masters of Science Fiction
Category 6: Day of Destruction TV Show
Category 6: Day of Destruction
Lanigan's Rabbi TV Show
Lanigan's Rabbi
Big Shamus, Little Shamus TV Show
Big Shamus, Little Shamus
Birdland TV Show
Star of the Family TV Show
Star of the Family
The Fighting Fitzgeralds TV Show
The Fighting Fitzgeralds

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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Imposing, barrel-chested and now silver-haired Brian Dennehy is a prolific US actor, well respected on both screen and stage for the best part of 25 years. He was born in July 1938 in Bridgeport, CT, and attended Columbia University in New York City on a football scholarship. He majored in history, before moving onto to Yale to study dramatic arts. He first appeared in minor screen roles in such fare as Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977), Semi-Tough (1977) and Foul Play (1978) and proved popular with casting directors, leading to regular work. However, he really got himself noticed by movie audiences in the box-office hit First Blood (1982) as the bigoted sheriff determined to run Vietnam veteran John Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) out of his town. Dennehy quickly escalated to stronger supporting or co-starring roles in films including the Cold War thriller Gorky Park (1983), as a benevolent alien in Cocoon (1985), a corrupt sheriff in the western Silverado (1985), a tough but smart cop in F/X (1986) and a cop turned writer alongside hitman James Woods (I) in Best Seller (1987). In 1987 Dennehy turned in one of his finest performances as cancer-ridden architect Stourley Kracklite in Peter Greenaway's superb The Belly of an Architect (1987), for which he won the Best Actor Award at the 1987 Chicago Film Festival. More strong performances followed. He reprised prior roles for Cocoon: The Return (1988) and F/X2 (1991), and turned in gripping performances in three made-for-TV films: a sadistic small-town bully who gets his grisly comeuppance in In Broad Daylight (1991) (TV), real-life serial killer John Wayne Gacy in the chilling To Catch a Killer (1992) (TV) and a corrupt union boss in Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (1992) (TV). In 1993 Dennehy appeared in the role of police Sgt. Jack Reed in the telemovie Jack Reed: Badge of Honor (1993) (TV), and reprised the role in four sequels, which saw him for the first time become involved in co-producing, directing and writing screen productions! Demand for his services showed no signs of abating, and he has put in further memorable performances in Romeo + Juliet (1996), as bad-luck-ridden Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman (2000) (TV) (which earned him a Golden Globe Award), he popped up in the uneven Spike Lee film She Hate Me (2004) and appears in the remake Assault on Precinct 13 (2005). The multi-talented Dennehy has also had a rich theatrical career and has appeared both in the United States and internationally in dynamic stage productions including "Death of a Salesman" (for which he picked up the 1999 Best Actor Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award), "A Touch of the Poet", "Long Day's Journey into Night" (for which he picked up another Tony Award in 2003) and in Eugene O'Neill (I)'s heart-wrenching "The Iceman Cometh".The star passed away at his home in Connecticut of natural causes

  • Graduated with a B.F.A. in Theatre / Performing Arts from Columbia University, New York.
  • His high school football coach and English teacher turned him on to both sports and acting. While there he played both tackle and the title role of Macbeth.
  • He was awarded the 1999 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Death of a Salesman" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
  • He was nominated for a 1987 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Galileo" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
  • He is the only actor to appear in both _Presumed Innocent (1990)_ (qv) and its made-for-television sequel, _The Burden of Proof (1992) (TV)_ (qv), and plays a different role in each.
  • Began his stage career performing in both summer stock and Off-Broadway productions.
  • (2008) Lives in Woodstock, Connecticut.
  • Member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

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