Actor Brian Dennehy dies at 81
It is with great sadness that ComingSoon.net (via Variety) should report that actor Brian Dennehy died of natural causes at age 81. Dennehy's daughter broke the news on Twitter earlier today …
It is with regret that we announce that our father, Brian, died last night from natural causes, unrelated to Covid. Bigger than life, generous to failure, proud and dedicated father and grandfather, he will miss his wife Jennifer, family and many friends. pic.twitter.com/ILyrGpLnc3
– Elizabeth Dennehy (@dennehyeliza) April 16, 2020
Dennehy was perhaps best known to film lovers for his menacing performance as an authoritarian sheriff who heads with Sylvester Stallone's John Rambo in 1982's First Blood. He also played Chris Farley's father in a memorable comedy. 1995, Tommy Boy, and voiced the role of Patton Oswalt's father in Pixar's 2007 hit Ratatouille.
Other notable roles include 1977 Foul Play, alongside Chevy Chase, Silverado by Lawrence Kasdan (1985), Cocoon by Ron Howard (1985), Legal Eagles by Ivan Reitman (1986), Presumed Innocent by Alan Pakula (1990) , Romeo + Juliet of Baz Luhrmann (1996), The Knight of Hearts by Terrence Malick (2015) and, more recently, in the 2018 comedy Tag. He also won a Golden Globe for his performance in the 2000 version of the death of a Arthur Miller salesman, a role for which he also won a Tony for his stage performance in 1999.
The Hollywood community remembered Brian Dennehy on Twitter today…
– Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 16, 2020
Only devastated to learn that the magnificent Brian Dennehy died. They are nobody that I enjoyed working with more. And there are few friends so valued in my life. I took this photo backstage when we were in Love Letters. He loved my puppy Bowie. pic.twitter.com/s55Cc37lFy
– Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) April 16, 2020
Sending sympathy to Elizabeth Dennehy and her family for the loss of her father, the great Brian Dennehy.
– Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) April 16, 2020
Condolences to the family of Brian Dennehy. A wonderfully talented actor.
– William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 16, 2020
I met Brian at a bar, acted in a movie with him, but the stage was what he loved. At the rehearsal, he said, "That's it, boy." He was a fellow nutmeg, mick and a marine. They are no longer his type. for his family. https://t.co/0TLeo2MAyt
– Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) April 16, 2020
He was fortunate to see Brian Dennehy twice on stage, masterful in Love Letters and monumentally moving in Death Of A Salesman. A colossus. What a loss.
– Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 16, 2020
RIP Brian Dennehy. Bright and versatile, a powerful actor and a very nice man too.
– Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) April 16, 2020
I am devastated to learn that we lost my beloved friend and colleague, #BrianDennehy. We were partners in two of my favorite films, Split Image and Best Seller. I never laughed as much as we did every day on set or off. For a big "tough guy", he was a love. #RIPBrian pic.twitter.com/EjsxMvqlxw
– James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 16, 2020
There was no film that was not at least a little better just by having Brian Dennehy cast.
– Ben Mankiewicz (@ BenMank77) April 16, 2020
Other day. Another devastating news. For those who have never seen Brian's imposing performance on "Death of A Salesman", it will be considered one of the outstanding performances ever performed on stage. #RIPbriandennehy https://t.co/23QgabbeZY
– Josh Gad (@joshgad) April 16, 2020
Very sad to hear about Brian Dennehy's death. He was a fantastic actor on the big and small screens, as well as in the theater. Another great loss !!! MM RIP pic.twitter.com/tv8ZwdRbO9
– Malcolm McDowell (@McDowellMalc) April 16, 2020
The great Brian Dennehy died. I loved to star with him in Deadly Matrimony. One day he completely rewrote a scene and gave it to me. It was great. I said give me 30 minutes. We shot it. A great actor passed the RIP https://t.co/HBatWSfNdO
– Treat Williams (@Rtreatwilliams) April 16, 2020
Brian Dennehy, chunky actor from & # 39; First Blood & # 39 ;, & # 39; Cocoon & # 39; and & # 39; Death of a Salesman & # 39 ;, dies at 81 https://t.co/iqRXLPWfEO Gutted. Bear RIP
– TitusWelliver (@welliver_titus) April 16, 2020
– Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) April 16, 2020
Brian Dennehy favorite movies
1. First Blood
2. Jericho Mile
3. Tommy Boy
4. F / X
6. Dirty Game
I managed to interview him in 2002 in Canada – he was a delight. A "podcast" long before I had a pod. REST IN PEACE.https://t.co/eh99SUcBQC
– Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) April 16, 2020
We lost one of our great actors. Rest #BrianDennehy
– John Lithgow (@JohnLithgow) April 16, 2020
Today there are so many wonderful ways to celebrate Brian Dennehy in cinema. RIP for a caption.
– Ted Geoghegan (@tedgeoghegan) April 16, 2020
“The important thing is that you do what you want to do and do it well, and you have fun. OK? One thing in my life is that I had a lot of fun. And I'm glad I did. "- Actor and Academy member Brian Dennehy pic.twitter.com/U4lwjN34wI
– The Academy (@TheAcademy) April 16, 2020
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