Vale: Brian Dennehy

Veteran US actor, best known for Cocoon, First Blood & The Blacklist, has died.

Veteran US actor Brian Dennehy, best known for Cocoon, First Blood and The Blacklist, has died, aged 81.

His daughter, Elizabeth Dennehy, confirmed the news saying, “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related. Larger than life, generous to a fault, a proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends.”

Dennehy’s career started on television in the 1970s, when he took bit parts in shows like Kojak, Serpico, and M*A*S*H. He amassed a long list of TV credits including Jack Reed, Murder in the Heartland, Catch a Killer, Lou Grant, Our Fathers, Dynasty, Birdland, The Fighting Fitzgeralds, The Blacklist, Hap and Leonard, The Good Wife, Cagney & Lacey, Rizzoli & Isles, 30 Rock, The West Wing, The 4400, Just Shoot Me, The Big C, Sirens, Miami Vice and Marco Polo.

His first feature-film role came in 1977 with Looking for Mr. Goodbar, and he would go on to appear in hits such as Cocoon, Silverado, First Blood and Tommy Boy.

More film credits rolled on including Ratatouille, F/X, Legal Eagles, Best Seller, The Last of the Finest, The Stars Fell on Henrietta, Romeo + Juliet, Presumed Innocent, Gorky Park, The Belly of an Architect, Gladiator and the Aussie sequel Return to Snowy River.

There were also Broadway successes and Tony Awards, including Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

Source: Vulture

8 Responses

  1. How many actors can truly get into a character like himself, whether playing a goodie or baddie, he threw himself into the role and was amazing, Rest in Peace Denny ?

  2. Farewell to a screen favourite ,I never hated anyone so much as the sheriff he played in First Blood ,but his other roles in Cocoon and Best Seller with James Woods were excellent ,a life well lived.

  3. An actor I greatly admired….not matter what he appeared in….you could not miss his presence…
    Respect….a life most definitely well lived …He will be missed.

  4. Brian also starred in episode 4 of Dallas named Winds of Vengeance. He played a menacing character wanting to exact revenge on the Ewing women. But the role I liked him most in was Cocoon.

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