40 Facts About Brian Dennehy


Brian Manion Dennehy was an American actor of stage, television, and film.


Brian Dennehy won two Tony Awards, an Olivier Award, and a Golden Globe, and received six Primetime Emmy Award nominations.


Brian Dennehy won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Willy Loman in the television film Death of a Salesman.


Brian Dennehy had a decades long relationship with Chicago's Goodman Theatre where much of his O'Neill work originated.


Brian Dennehy regularly played Canada's Stratford Festival, especially in works by William Shakespeare and Samuel Beckett.


Brian Manion Dennehy was born on July 9,1938, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, to Hannah, a nurse, and Edward Dennehy, a wire service editor for the Associated Press.


Brian Dennehy was of Irish ancestry and was raised Catholic.


The family relocated to Long Island, New York, where Brian Dennehy attended Chaminade High School in the village of Mineola.


Brian Dennehy entered Columbia University in New York City on a football scholarship in the fall of 1956.


Brian Dennehy interrupted his college education to spend five years in the US Marines.


Brian Dennehy was stationed in the US, Japan, and Korea.


Brian Dennehy hated his brief stint as a stockbroker for Merrill Lynch in their Manhattan office in the mid-1970s.


Brian Dennehy later portrayed a corrupt sheriff in the western Silverado and an alien in Cocoon, both released in 1985.


Brian Dennehy gradually became a valuable character actor but achieved leading-man status in the thriller Best Seller co-starring James Woods.


Brian Dennehy starred in the Peter Greenaway film The Belly of an Architect, for which he won the Best Actor Award at the 1987 Chicago International Film Festival.


Brian Dennehy went on to star as Harrison in the Australian film The Man from Snowy River II in 1988.


Brian Dennehy was reunited with his 10 co-star Bo Derek in Tommy Boy, in which she played his wife.


Brian Dennehy had a voice role in the animated movie Ratatouille as Django, father of the rat chef Remy.


Brian Dennehy 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.


Brian Dennehy starred as Clarence Darrow in Alleged, a film based on the Scopes Monkey Trial, the famous court battle over the teaching of evolution in American public schools.


Brian Dennehy has appeared in such high-profile television films as Skokie, Split Image, Day One, and A Killing in a Small Town opposite Barbara Hershey.


Brian Dennehy played the title role in HBO's Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story.


Brian Dennehy starred in the crime drama Jack Reed TV movies.


Brian Dennehy was nominated for Emmy Awards six times for his television movies.


In 2000, Brian Dennehy was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for a television presentation for his performance as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman which he had performed on Broadway.


Brian Dennehy guest-starred in a 2009 episode of Rules of Engagement as the father of the main character, Jeff.


Brian Dennehy starred as Elizabeth Keen's grandfather on the NBC series The Blacklist since the third season until his death from sepsis.


Brian Dennehy is replaced by actor Ron Raines during the show's eighth season.


In 2015 Brian Dennehy co-starred in the Amazon Studios pilot Cocked with Jason Lee, Dreama Walker, Diora Baird, and Sam Trammell.


Brian Dennehy narrated many television programs including the Canadian-Irish docudrama Death or Canada.


Brian Dennehy won two Tony Awards, both times for Best Lead Actor in a Play.


Brian Dennehy's acting in the "Salesman" was called "the performance of Dennehy's career".


Brian Dennehy made a return to Broadway in 2007 as Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind opposite Christopher Plummer, then returned again opposite Carla Gugino in a 2009 revival of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms.


In 2008, Brian 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 Brian Dennehy reprised the role of Erie Smith.


In 2011, Brian Dennehy returned to the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in the role of Sir Toby Belch in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.


Brian Dennehy played Max in Harold Pinter's The Homecoming, the first Pinter work to be produced there.


Brian Dennehy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps serving from 1958 to 1963, including playing football on Okinawa.


Brian Dennehy married for the first time while in the Marines in the early 1960s.


Brian Dennehy died on April 15,2020, of cardiac arrest due to sepsis.


Brian Dennehy was survived by his wife and his five children.