Brian Dennehy

Brian Dennehy

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Birthday: 
9 July 1938, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Birth Name: 
Brian Manion Dennehy
Height: 
188 cm
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 on to Yale to study dramatic arts. H... Show more »
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 on 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 hit man James Woods 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), real-life serial killer John Wayne Gacy in the chilling To Catch a Killer (1992) and a corrupt union boss in Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (1992). In 1993, Dennehy appeared in the role of police "Sgt. Jack Reed" in the telemovie Jack Reed: Badge of Honor (1993), 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) (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's heart-wrenching "The Iceman Cometh". Show less «

Brian Dennehy's FILMOGRAPHY

Jeopardy! - Season 37

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The Blacklist - Season 8

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Son of the South

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The Blacklist - Season 7

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The Blacklist - Season 6

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Driveways

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3 Days with Dad

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Hap and Leonard - Season 3

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The Seagull

SD

The Song of Sway Lake

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A Very Merry Toy Store

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Hap and Leonard - Season 2

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The Ultimate Legacy

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The Blacklist - Season 3

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Public Morals - Season 1

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Knight of Cups

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The Challenger Disaster

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The Good Wife - Season 4

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The Big Year

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Rizzoli and Isles - Season 1

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The Next Three Days

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Rules of Engagement - Season 3

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Righteous Kill

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Brian Dennehy'S roles

Gus
Gus
Teasle
Teasle
Det. Leo McCarthy
Det. Leo McCarthy
Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth
Walter
Walter
John Wayne Gacy
John Wayne Gacy
Raymond Horgan
Raymond Horgan
John Schiffner
John Schiffner
Montague
Montague
Raymond Harris
Raymond Harris
William Kirwill
William Kirwill
Cobb
Cobb
Django
Django
Agent Horvath
Agent Horvath
Roger Boisjoly
Roger Boisjoly
Mickey J
Mickey J
Detective Kenny Leahy
Detective Kenny Leahy
Joe Patton
Joe Patton
Bucky Stabler
Bucky Stabler
M.P. Ernie Connors
M.P. Ernie Connors
Sheriff Valentine Otis
Sheriff Valentine Otis
Sorin
Sorin
Dom, Dominic Wilkinson
Dom, Dominic Wilkinson