Brian Dennehy Biography

Brian Dennehy was an American actor of stage, television, and film. He had roles in over 180 films and in many television and stage productions. His film roles included Gorky Park (1983), Silverado (1985), Cocoon (1985), F/X (1986), Presumed Innocent (1990), Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Knight of Cups (2015).

Brian Dennehy Career

He was a focused man in his career and he was own as a dramatic actor. His breakthrough role was as the overzealous Sheriff Will Teasle in First Blood (1982) opposite Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo. He had a voice role in the animated movie Ratatouille as Django, father of the rat Chef Remy.

He appeared as the superior officer of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the 2008 cop drama Righteous Kill and as the father of Russell Crowe in the 2010 suspense film The Next Three Days. He continued with his acting career which some of them included small guest roles in such 1970s and 1980s series as Kojak, Lou Grant, Dallas, Dynasty, and Hunter.

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He also appeared in an episode of Miami Vice during the 1987–88 season. He also portrayed Sergeant Ned T. “Frozen Chosen” Coleman in the television movie A Rumor of War (1980) opposite Brad Davis. He continued to appear in such high-profile television films as Skokie (1981), Split Image (1982), Day One (1989), and A Killing in a Small Town (1990) opposite Barbara Hershey.

He also played the title role in HBO’s Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story. He also had a lead role as fire chief/celebrity dad Leslie “Buddy” Krebs in the short-lived 1982 series Star of the Family. Despite his star power, that show was canceled after a half-season. He starred in the crime drama Jack Reed TV movies.

Dennehy was nominated for Emmy Awards six times for his television movies. In 1992, he was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for his performance as John Wayne Gacy in To Catch a Killer, and was nominated that same year in a different category,

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie, for The Burden of Proof. Dennehy’s other Emmy nominations were for his work in A Killing in a Small Town, Murder in the Heartland (1993), and for the Showtime cable TV movie Our Fathers (2005), which was about the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.

In 2000, he was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for a television presentation of his performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman which he had performed on Broadway. While not gaining the actor an Emmy win, the performance did, however, win him a Golden Globe Award. He also appeared as a recurring character in the NBC sitcom Just Shoot Me!.

In January 2007, he starred in the episode “Scheherazade” of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as a retired criminal who wants to reconnect with his daughter and admit his crimes before dying of a terminal disease thus eventually clearing a wrongfully imprisoned inmate.

In April 2008, he guest-starred as a Teamster boss in “Sandwich Day”, an episode of the TV series 30 Rock. He guest-starred in a 2009 episode of Rules of Engagement as the father of the main character, Jeff. He also starred as Elizabeth Keen’s grandfather on the NBC series The Blacklist.

Brian Dennehy Age

He was born on July 9, 1938, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S. and he died on April 15, 2020, at an age of 81 in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.

Brian Dennehy Family

He was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Edward Dennehy and Hannah Dennehy. He has two siblings named Michael Dennehy and Edward Dennehy.

Brian Dennehy Children

He has five children namely Elizabeth Dennehy, Cormack Dennehy, Kathleen Dennehy, Deirdre Dennehy, and Sarah Dennehy.

Brian Dennehy Wife

He was married twice his first marriage was with Judith Scheff whom he married from 1959 to 1974 and his second marriage was with Jennifer Arnott whom he married in 1988 till death did them apart in 2020.

Brian Dennehy Net worth

He was an American actor of stage, television, and film who had an estimated net worth of $12 million dollars.

Brian Dennehy Height

He was standing at a height of 1.9meters. In 2008, Dennehy appeared at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, appearing in All’s Well That Ends Well as the King of France, and a double bill of plays, Samuel Beckett’s Krapp’s Last Tape and Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie, where Dennehy reprised the role of Erie Smith.

In 2010, he was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. In December 2010, he returned to Ireland to play Bull McCabe in the Olympia Theatre of Dublin’s stage version of John B. Keane’s The Field.

Brian Dennehy Cause of Death

He died of cardiac arrest due to sepsis at his home on April 15, 2020, in New Haven, Connecticut.

Brian Dennehy Blacklist

He joined The Blacklist in Season 3. He has appeared in nine-episode to date, including two this season. Dennehy’s Dominic Wilkinson is the father of infamous Russian spy Katarina Rostova and the grandfather of Elizabeth Keen (Boone).

Blacklist is an American crime thriller television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. The show follows Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), a former U.S. Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, who voluntarily surrenders to the FBI after eluding capture for decades.

He tells the FBI that he has a list of the most dangerous criminals in the world that he has compiled over the years and is willing to inform on their operations in exchange for immunity from prosecution. However, he insists on working exclusively with a rookie FBI profiler by the name of Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone).

Brian Dennehy Awards

  • Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor 2006 · Death of a Salesman
  • Tony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Play 2003, 1999 · Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Death of a Salesman
  • Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television 2001 · Death of a Salesman
  • Producers Guild of America Award for Best Long-Form Television 2001 · Death of a Salesman
  • Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play 1999 · Death of a Salesman
  • Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie 2001 · Death of a Salesman

Brian Dennehy TV Shows

  • Star of the Family
  • The Fighting Fitzgeralds
  • Hap and Leonard
  • Big Shamus, Little Shamus
  • A Real American Hero
  • Category 6: Day of Destruction
  • Hunter (1984 American TV series)
  • Shadow of a Doubt 1995
  • Murder in the Heartland
  • The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
  • Birdland (TV series)
  • Dead Man’s Walk
  • Day One 1989
  • Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke
  • The Last Place on Earth
  • Founding Brothers Television show
  • Ruby and Oswald
  • Blood Feud 1983
  • Night Visions (TV series)
  • A Rumor of War
  • Evergreen (miniseries)
  • Pearl (miniseries)
  • Founding Fathers & Founding Brothers
  • Nostromo (miniseries)

Brian Dennehy Movies

  • Rambo: First Blood
  • Tommy Boy
  • Cocoon
  • Silverado 1985
  • To Catch a Killer
  • FX Murder by Illusion
  • Ratatouille
  • Death of a Salesman
  • Gladiator 1992
  • Driveways
  • The Next Three Days
  • Presumed Innocent
  • Gorky Park
  • TAG
  • In Broad Daylight
  • The Belly of an Architect
  • The Man from Snowy River II
  • A Real American Hero
  • Never Cry Wolf
  • Category 6: Day of Destruction
  • Category 6: Day of Destruction
  • Deadly Matrimony
  • Summer Catch
  • The Big Year
  • The Ultimate Legacy
  • The Seagull
  • F.I.S.T. 1978
  • Shadow of a Doubt 1995
  • A Killing in a Small Town
  • The Last of the Finest
  • The River Rat
  • Looking for Mr. Goodbar
  • Marco Polo 2007
  • Meet Monica Velour
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