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Also Known As: Brian Mannion Dennehy Died:
Born: July 9, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA Profession: actor, screenwriter, producer, director, bartender, truck driver, salesman

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ne of America's most respected and prolific actors since the mid-1980s, Brian Dennehy was a supporting player and occasional leading man whose work in film, television and on stage earned him numerous awards. Filmgoers first took notice of the powerfully built Dennehy as the treacherous sheriff in "First Blood" (1982), which led to a number of supporting roles where he was typically cast as a villain or authority figure; sometimes both, as he did in the retro Western "Silverado" (1985). That same year, he was a bemused alien in Ron Howard's acclaimed "Cocoon" (1985), and the following year he was a wisecracking cop in the popular thriller "F/X" (1986), both of which spawned unsuccessful sequels. He earned considerable acclaim for playing serial killer John Wayne Gacy in "To Catch a Killer" (Bell Media, 1992) and arguably had his most popular role opposite Chris Farley and David Spade in "Tommy Boy" (1995). On television, he starred in a series of popular made-for-TV movies as tough cop Jack Reed, and earned several awards and nominations for his portrayal of Willie Loman in "Death of a Salesman" (Showtime, 2000), an adaptation of his successful Broadway run. As he settled comfortably into supporting...

ne of America's most respected and prolific actors since the mid-1980s, Brian Dennehy was a supporting player and occasional leading man whose work in film, television and on stage earned him numerous awards. Filmgoers first took notice of the powerfully built Dennehy as the treacherous sheriff in "First Blood" (1982), which led to a number of supporting roles where he was typically cast as a villain or authority figure; sometimes both, as he did in the retro Western "Silverado" (1985). That same year, he was a bemused alien in Ron Howard's acclaimed "Cocoon" (1985), and the following year he was a wisecracking cop in the popular thriller "F/X" (1986), both of which spawned unsuccessful sequels. He earned considerable acclaim for playing serial killer John Wayne Gacy in "To Catch a Killer" (Bell Media, 1992) and arguably had his most popular role opposite Chris Farley and David Spade in "Tommy Boy" (1995). On television, he starred in a series of popular made-for-TV movies as tough cop Jack Reed, and earned several awards and nominations for his portrayal of Willie Loman in "Death of a Salesman" (Showtime, 2000), an adaptation of his successful Broadway run. As he settled comfortably into supporting roles status, sometimes as an elder statesman as he was in "The Next Three Days" (2010), Dennehy remained a potent force capable of turning in strong performances in a wide array of mediums.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Shadow Of A Doubt (1995) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Big Year, The (2011)
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 Alleged (2011)
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 Every Day (2010)
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 War Eagle (2009)
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 Cat City (2009)
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 Righteous Kill (2008)
9.
 Trumbo (2007)
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1960:
Served with the Marine Corps
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Professional stage debut in Chekhov's "Ivanov"
1976:
New York stage debut in "Streamers"
1977:
First film role was "Semi-Tough" with Burt Reynolds
1977:
Played the Fire Chief in first TV-movie "It Happened at Lakewood Manor" (ABC)
1978:
Appeared as a police detective in "Foul Play," starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase
1979:
Had a small role as a bartender in "10," starring Dudley Moore
1979:
First role as a series regular, played Arnie Sutter on the short-lived CBS drama "Big Shamus, Little Shamus"
1982:
Breakthrough role, playing Sheriff Will Teasle in "First Blood" opposite Sylvester Stallone
1982:
Played the lead role on the short-lived ABC series "Star of The Family"
1982:
Had a supporting role in "Split Image"
1983:
Appeared with William Hurt in "Gorky Park"
1985:
Portrayed a corrupt sheriff in the Western feature "Silverado"
1985:
Cast as an alien in Ron Howard's "Cocoon"
1986:
Portrayed a police detective in Ivan Reitman's "Legal Eagles"
1986:
Co-starred with Bryan Brown in the thriller "F/X"
1987:
Played the lead role in the thriller "Best Seller"
1987:
Starred in the Peter Greenaway film "The Belly of an Architect"
1990:
Co-starred with Harrison Ford in "Presumed Innocent"
1991:
Reprised his role for "F/X2 ¿ The Deadly Art of Illusion"
1992:
Played the title role in HBO's "Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story"
1992:
Earned an Emmy nomination for his supporting role in "The Burden of Proof" (ABC)
1992:
Earned an Emmy nomination for his role as notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy in "To Catch a Killer" (CBS)
1992:
Received another Emmy nomination for his role in "Murder in the Heartland" (ABC)
1993:
Producing debut, the NBC TV-movie, "Jack Reed: Badge of Honor"; also starred in the title role
1994:
Played hospital psychiatrist Dr. Brian McKenzie on the short-lived ABC drama "Birdland"
1994:
Made directorial debut with "Jack Reed: A Search for Justice"; also scripted and acted in
1995:
Made his Broadway debut in Brian Friel's "Translations"
1995:
Played Big Tom Callahan in the comedy "Tommy Boy," starring Chris Farley and David Spade
1996:
Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "A Season in Purgatory," based on a 1993 novel by Dominick Dunne
1998:
Landed recurring role as David Spade's father on the NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me"
1998:
Starred in the Chicago production of "Death of a Salesman"; transferred to Broadway in February 1999
1999:
Portrayed Louis Bromfield in the CBS miniseries "Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke"
2000:
Reprised role of Willy Loman in the Showtime adaptation of "Death of a Salesman"
2001:
Headlined the short-lived NBC sitcom "The Fighting Fitzgeralds"
2002:
Portrayed Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight in the ESPN biopic "A Season on the Brink"
2003:
Won a Tony for Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night"
2004:
Cast in Spike Lee's "She Hate Me"
2005:
Starred with Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne in "Assault on Precinct 13"
2005:
Received an Emmy nomination for his role as Father Domenic Spagnolia in Showtime's "Our Fathers"
2006:
Starred in the indie film "10th and Wolf," based on a story by Bobby Moresco and Chazz Palminteri
2007:
Lent his voice to the animated movie "Ratatouille"
2007:
Returned to Broadway as Matthew Harrison Brady in "Inherit the Wind," opposite Christopher Plummer
2007:
Appeared on an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC) as a retired criminal who wants to reconnect with his daughter
2008:
Appeared as the superior officer of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in "Righteous Kill"
2008:
Guest starred as a Teamster boss on an episode of "30 Rock" (NBC)
2009:
Once again returned to Broadway for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms"
2010:
Played the father of Russell Crowe in the suspense film "The Next Three Days"
2011:
Cast in the comedy feature "The Big Year" opposite Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin
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Education

Chaminade High School: Mineola , New York -
Columbia University: New York , New York -
Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut -

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wife:
Judith Scheff. Schoolteacher. Mother of Dennehy's three oldest daughters; married in 1959; separated in 1974; divorced.
wife:
Jennifer Dennehy. Costume designer. Met in Australia while Dennehy was working on a film; married in 1988.

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father:
Edward Dennehy. News editor. Deceased.
mother:
Hannah Dennehy. Retired nurse. Died at age 78 on November 4, 1991 of lung cancer.
brother:
Edward Dennehy Jr. Acting teacher, theater director.
brother:
Michael Dennehy. FBI agent.
daughter:
Elizabeth Dennehy. Actor. Born on October 1, 1960; appeared on the CBS daytime soap, "The Guiding Light".
daughter:
Kathleen Dennehy. Actor.
daughter:
Dierdre Dennehy. Pursued a PhD in psychology.
son:
Cormac Dennehy. Born c. 1993; adopted.
daughter:
Sarah Dennehy. Born c. 1995; adopted; biological sister of Cormac Dennehy.
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