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Brian's Song?!.......RIP: Brian Dennehy [ actor ]......
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 16, 2020 01:25PM
....at 81....natural causes in Connecticut....


Brian Dennehy, Burly Actor in 'First Blood,' 'Cocoon' and 'Death of a Salesman,' Dies at 81

The two-time Tony winner also starred on TV as basketball coach Bobby Knight, Chicago cop Jack Reed and serial killer John Wayne Gacy.

....rian Dennehy, the regular-guy actor whose bulldog build, good-guy demeanor and no-nonsense approach meshed in an array of memorable roles for film, television and the theater, has died. He was 81.

Dennehy died Wednesday night of natural causes in New Haven, Connecticut.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related," his oldest daughter, actress Elizabeth Dennehy, wrote on Twitter. "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 played the sheriff in Washington state who doggedly pursues Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) in First Blood (1982) and a district attorney who's out to save his own skin in the Harrison Ford-starrer Presumed Innocent (1990).

He also portrayed lawmen in Gorky Park (1983), Silverado (1985), F/X (1986) and its sequel, Best Seller (1987), The Last of the Finest (1990) and Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) and starred as hard-charging real-life Chicago detective Jack Reed in five NBC telefilms from 1993 to 1996, writing and directing four of them.

At 6 foot 3 and 250 pounds, the former college offensive lineman could also be a gentle giant, as when he portrayed the sympathetic bartender who counsels Dudley Moore in 10 (1979), the friendly alien leader Walter in Cocoon (1985) and Chris Farley's pop in Tommy Boy (1995).

Dennehy won Tony Awards in 1999 and 2003 for playing Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman — he was the fourth actor to play the iconic role on Broadway — and Tyrone in Long Day's Journey Into Night.

In the former, the imposing actor displayed "a grand emotional expansiveness that matches his monumental physique," Ben Brantley wrote in his New York Times review. "Yet these emotions ring so unerringly true that Mr. Dennehy seems to kidnap you by force, trapping you inside Willy's psyche."

He also starred opposite Christopher Plummer in a 2007 Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind.

Whenever he could, Dennehy retreated to the stage in Chicago, saying he preferred the Midwest "because I can sit down with rational people who make $50,000 a year and live in houses and have children and pay their taxes and shop at Sears."

He said he chose to live on a farm in northeast Connecticut because the biggest celebrity in his town was the guy who played Big Bird.

Brian Manion Dennehy was born on July 9, 1938, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the oldest of three boys. His grandparents came to the U.S. from Ireland, and his father, Edward, worked as a writer and editor for the Associated Press.

Raised in Red Hook in Brooklyn before moving at age 12 to Long Island, he was an offensive tackle for the football team at Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York. His coach once mentioned to him that " ' as a football player, you'd make a great actor.' And we started doing theater," he told Newsday in 2013.

Dennehy also played football at Columbia University, spent time in the U.S. Marine Corps — though he would backtrack on a story he related about serving in Vietnam — and attended Yale as a graduate student. Early on, he honed his acting chops in regional theater, supporting himself as a meat truck driver, a Merrill Lynch stockbroker and a bartender.

He scored a big break when he was cast in David Rabe's off-Broadway Vietnam War play Streamers and won acclaim.

After guest-starring roles on shows including Kojak, Police Woman and M*A*S*H, Dennehy fittingly made his movie debut in the Burt Reynolds comedy Semi-Tough (1977), playing a football player who dangles a woman over the ledge of a terrace.

In 1978, he appeared with Stallone in F.I.S.T. and as a San Francisco cop in Foul Play, then was given a shot at starring on his own TV series. He portrayed a hotel house detective on the 1979 CBS crime drama Big Shamus, Little Shamus, but it lasted just two episodes.

After recurring as D.A. Jake Dunham on ABC's Dynasty, he played a father and fire captain on ABC's Star of the Family, but it was axed after 10 episodes in 1982. (His other short-lived shows included 1994's Birdland, on which he played a hospital chief of psychiatry, and 2001's The Fighting Fitzgerald — he was a retired firefighter in the one.)

Dennehy had more television success in one-offs, collecting five Emmy nominations for his work in telefilms and miniseries. He received one for Showtime's filmed version of Death of a Salesman and one in 1992 for starring as serial killer John Wayne Gacy in Fox's To Catch a Killer.

He also delivered a fiery portrayal of college basketball coach Bobby Knight in the 2002 ESPN movie A Season on the Brink, based on the John Feinstein book.

More recently, Dennehy had recurring roles as an Irish mob boss on Public Morals, a sheriff on Hap and Leonard and a KGB agent on The Blacklist.

His expansive résumé also included the films Never Cry Wolf (1983), Legal Eagles (1986), The Belly of an Architect (1987) — one of his favorite films — Return to Snowy River (1988), Gladiator (1992), The Stars Fell on Henrietta (1995), Romeo + Juliet (1996), She Hate Me (2004), Righteous Kill (2008), The Next Three Days (2010), Knight of Cups (2015), The Seagull (2018) and Driveways (2019).

Survivors include his second wife, a costume designer he wed in 1989; his children Elizabeth, Kathleen, Dierdre, Cormac and Sarah; and grandchildren Jack, William, Clementine, Hannah, Molly, Olivia and Lucy.

TMZ was first to report the news of his death.



RIP.................?!



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Re: RIP: Brian Dennehy [ actor ]......
Posted by: Lizabeth
Date: April 16, 2020 01:29PM
I saw him on stage in Death of a Salesman - very good.

Loved him in Silverado.
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Re: RIP: Brian Dennehy [ actor ]......
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 16, 2020 01:36PM
one of my favorites in the 80s (and those other movies, too)
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Re: RIP: Brian Dennehy [ actor ]......
Posted by: vision63
Date: April 16, 2020 01:41PM
This guy was great in everything he did. He was great opposite Dudley Moore in the silly movie "Ten."
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Re: Brian's Song?!.......RIP: Brian Dennehy [ actor ]......
Posted by: bazookaman
Date: April 16, 2020 01:53PM
Yeah. Silverado was/is a classic.



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Re: Brian's Song?!.......RIP: Brian Dennehy [ actor ]......
Posted by: Buck
Date: April 16, 2020 02:09PM
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bazookaman
Yeah. Silverado was/is a classic.

"We'll give you a fair trial, followed by a hanging"
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Re: Brian's Song?!.......RIP: Brian Dennehy [ actor ]......
Posted by: Buzz
Date: April 16, 2020 02:31PM
Darn. He had a west coast condo that was three blocks away from us. His kid used to play with Baby Buzz at the park that’s in between us, while he flirted with Mrs. Buzz. We used to joke that he was the oldest dad in the park (compared to his kid), and that we could have been out kids’ grampas instead of their dads. The park doesn’t allow adults without kids in the play area, and we both had been confronted about proving we had kids, or grandkids there... for some reason, they didn’t hassle women nearly as much as men.

R.I.P. Brian.
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Re: RIP: Brian Dennehy [ actor ]......
Posted by: d4
Date: April 16, 2020 02:32PM
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Lizabeth
I saw him on stage in Death of a Salesman - very good.

Hey, I did too! On Broadway (NYC). Hmm, it must've been 1999 or 2000. Dang 2 decades ago. I remember it was an intense performance.



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Re: RIP: Brian Dennehy [ actor ]......
Posted by: Lizabeth
Date: April 16, 2020 03:12PM
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d4
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Lizabeth
I saw him on stage in Death of a Salesman - very good.

Hey, I did too! On Broadway (NYC). Hmm, it must've been 1999 or 2000. Dang 2 decades ago. I remember it was an intense performance.

It was 1999 NYC on Broadway and it was intense smiling smiley I remember soon after we saw him that he broke character to tell someone in the audience to shut their phone off and got fined by Equity for it. He wasn't polite about it.
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Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: April 16, 2020 04:23PM
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Buzz
The park doesn’t allow adults without kids in the play area, and we both had been confronted about proving we had kids, or grandkids there... for some reason, they didn’t hassle women nearly as much as men.

This is due to the UNIVERSALLY KNOWN fact that ALL men are SEXUAL DEVIANTS who would, at the first opportunity, molest EVERY kid at the park, while a woman would NEVER harm so much as a SINGLE HAIR on a child’s head. Amirite?

(Can you tell this is one of my pet peeves?)mad smiley



It is what it is.
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Re: Brian's Song?!.......RIP: Brian Dennehy [ actor ]......
Posted by: Rick-o
Date: April 16, 2020 04:49PM
R.I.P.

I enjoyed his work immensely!



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Re: Brian's Song?!.......RIP: Brian Dennehy [ actor ]......
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 16, 2020 10:41PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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Buzz
The park doesn’t allow adults without kids in the play area, and we both had been confronted about proving we had kids, or grandkids there... for some reason, they didn’t hassle women nearly as much as men.

This is due to the UNIVERSALLY KNOWN fact that ALL men are SEXUAL DEVIANTS who would, at the first opportunity, molest EVERY kid at the park, while a woman would NEVER harm so much as a SINGLE HAIR on a child’s head. Amirite?

(Can you tell this is one of my pet peeves?)mad smiley

Mine, too. I used to get dirty looks from the moms at the playground - when I was there with my two kids.
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Posted by: Buzz
Date: April 16, 2020 11:51PM
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mrbigstuff
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N-OS X-tasy!
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Buzz
The park doesn’t allow adults without kids in the play area, and we both had been confronted about proving we had kids, or grandkids there... for some reason, they didn’t hassle women nearly as much as men.

This is due to the UNIVERSALLY KNOWN fact that ALL men are SEXUAL DEVIANTS who would, at the first opportunity, molest EVERY kid at the park, while a woman would NEVER harm so much as a SINGLE HAIR on a child’s head. Amirite?

(Can you tell this is one of my pet peeves?)mad smiley

Mine, too. I used to get dirty looks from the moms at the playground - when I was there with my two kids.

Yep, too much profiling on TV shows that trickles down to real life. Mrs. Buzz was bummed when she heard of Brian's passing, then in her usual fashion said, "y'know, his wife was much  younger than he was...".
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Re: Brian's Song?!.......RIP: Brian Dennehy [ actor ]......
Posted by: RgrF
Date: April 17, 2020 12:00AM
We had the enjoyment of catching one of his Salesman stage performances, I was caught by surprise since my prior image of him came from TV - thought he might would be shallow, he was anything but. He was a fine actor.

RIP
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