Award winning stage and screen actor Brian Dennehy died April 15 in New Haven, Connecticut as a result of natural causes at the age of 81.

An actor on the Broadway stage and in film and television; Dennehy earned a Golden Globe, two Tony Awards, and has been inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame. He was also nominated for six Prime Time Emmy Awards.

Like many actors, Dennehy worked at a variety of jobs including a waiter, a bartender, and a truck driver.

Dennehy made his Broadway debut in 1995 in the original play “Translations”. He also appeared on Broadway in “Death of a Salesman” for which he won a Tony and Drama Desk Award, “Long Day’s Journey into Night” which earned him a second Tony Award, “Inherit the Wind”, “Desire Under the Elms”, and “Love Letters”.

He made his television acting debut in 1977 on an episode of “Kojak”. From there Dennehy went on to appear in nearly twoo hundred productions including “Serpico”, “M*A*S*H”, “Looking for Mr. Goodbar”, the animated film “Ants!”, “Dallas”, “Foul Play”, “10”, “Little Miss Marker”, “Knots Landing”, “Dynasty”, “First Blood”, “Gorky Park”, the “Cocoon” films”, the “F/X” films, “Legal Eagles”, “Miami Vice”, “Tommy Boy”, the “Jack Reed” series, “Netforce”, “Death of a Salesman”, “The West Wing”, the voice of Django in “Ratatouille”, “30 Rock”, “Twelfth Night”, “The Good Wife”, and “The Blacklist”.

Son of the South” and “Long Day Journey” were in post production; while “The Adventures of Buddy Thunder” was in pre production at the time of his death.

As himself, Dennehy appeared in documentaries, talk shows, variety shows, “Reading Rainbow”, award shows, and game shows.

Along with his acting, Dennehy did some writing, directing, and producing including “Jack Reed”, “Shadow of a Doubt”, “Night Visions”, “Death of a Salesman”, “The Fighting Fitzgeralds”,

Brian Manion Dennehy was born July 9, 1938 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He began acting in high school after some encouragement from a teacher. His acting career was put on a five year hiatus while Dennehy served in the United States Marine Corps.

His survivors include his second wife of over 30 years Jennifer and children Kathleen, Elizabeth, Cormack, and Sarah.



Feature photo credit: By Justin Hoch, CC BY 2.0,