Brian Dennehy

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Actor

Birth Name: Brian Mannion Dennehy

Birth Date: July 9, 1938

Death Date: April 15, 2020

Birth Place: Bridgeport, Connecticut

One of America's most respected and prolific actors since the mid-1980s, Brian Dennehy roles as a supporting player and occasional leading man 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.

Credits

Son of the South

Actor
Grandfather
Movie
2020

Driveways

Actor
Del
Movie
2019

Life Support

Actor
Bob Mills
Movie
2019

Master Maggie

Actor
Movie
2019

The Seagull

Actor
Sorin
Movie
2018

Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo

Actor
Valentine Otis
Show
2017

The Song of Sway Lake

Actor
Hal Sway
Movie
2017

A Very Merry Toy Store

Actor
Joe Haggarty
Movie
2017

The Ultimate Legacy

Actor
Gus
Movie
2016

Cocked

Actor
Wade
Show
2015

Knight of Cups

Actor
Joseph
Movie
2015

Building a Basilica

Narrator
Show
2014

Twelfth Night

Actor
Show
2014

The BlacklistStream

Guest Star
Series
2013
91%

Day of Destruction

Actor
Show
2013

Feynman and the Challenger

Actor
Rogers
Movie
2013

The Big Year

Actor
Raymond
Movie
2011

George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

Guest
Show
2010

Arrest & Trial

Actor
Show
2010

Rizzoli & IslesStream

Guest Star
Detective Kenny Leahy
Series
2010

Mystery Files

Narrator
Show
2010

The Next Three DaysStream

Actor
George Brennan
Movie
2010
50%

Meet Monica Velour

Actor
Pop Pop
Movie
2010

Every Day

Actor
Ernie
Movie
2010

Alleged

Actor
Clarence Darrow
Movie
2010

The Good WifeStream

Guest Star
Bucky Stabler
Series
2009
93%

Cat City

Actor
Harold
Movie
2009

Lost Road of the Popes: Via Papale

Narrator
Movie
2009

Love and Valor: The Intimate Civil War Letters

Narrator
Movie
2009

The Immortal Beaver

Self
Show
2008

Righteous KillStream

Actor
Lieutenant Hingus
Special
2008
18%

War Eagle, Arkansas

Actor
Pop
Movie
2008

Masters of Science Fiction

Actor
Bedzyk
Show
2007

Marco Polo

Actor
Kublai Khan
Show
2007

Rules of EngagementStream

Guest Star
Roy
Series
2007

RatatouilleStream

Voice
Django
Movie
2007
96%

Marco Polo

Actor
Kublai Khan
Movie
2007

Welcome to Paradise

Actor
Bobby Brown
Movie
2007

Trumbo

Actor
Movie
2007

30 RockStream

Guest Star
Mickey J
Series
2006
78%

Playing the Salesman

Guest
Show
2006

10th and WolfStream

Actor
Agent Horvath
Movie
2006
19%

Everyone's Hero

Voice
Babe Ruth
Movie
2006

The Ultimate GiftStream

Actor
Gus
Movie
2006
33%

Assault on Precinct 13Stream

Actor
Jasper O'Shea
Movie
2005
59%

Our Fathers

Actor
Father Dominic Spagnolia
Movie
2005

The Exonerated

Actor
Gary Gauger
Movie
2005

Category 6: Day of Destruction

Actor
Andy Goodman
Show
2004

She Hate Me

Actor
Chairman Billy Church
Movie
2004

Overload

Actor
Chris Haywood
Movie
2004

The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron

Actor
Mr. Blue
Movie
2003

The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone

Actor
Tom Stone
Movie
2003

Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Three's Company

Actor
Fred Silverman
Movie
2003

Founding Brothers

Actor
George Washington (voice)
Show
2002

A Season on the Brink

Actor
Bobby Knight
Movie
2002

Stolen Summer

Actor
Father Kelly
Movie
2002

The Agency

Guest Star
Show
2001

Night Visions

Actor
Show
2001

Night Visions

Director
Show
2001

The Fighting Fitzgeralds

Actor
Mr. Fitzgerald
Show
2001

Warden of Red Rock

Actor
Sheriff Selwyn Church
Movie
2001

Warden of Red Rock

Executive Producer
Movie
2001

Summer Catch

Actor
Coach John Schiffner
Movie
2001

Three Blind Mice

Actor
Matthew Hope
Movie
2001

Three Blind Mice

Executive Producer
Movie
2001

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

Actor
Show
2000

Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

Executive Producer
Show
2000

Fail SafeStream

Actor
Gen. Bogan
Movie
2000
100%

The West WingStream

Guest Star
Sen. Rafe Framingham
Series
1999
81%

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

Guest Star
Judson Tierney
Series
1999
78%

Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke

Actor
Show
1999

NetForce

Actor
Lowell Davidson
Movie
1999

Sirens

Actor
Lt. Denby
Movie
1999

Out of the Cold

Actor
David Bards
Movie
1999

Silicon Towers

Actor
Tom Warner
Movie
1999

The Gulf War

Actor
Sen. Donald Riegle
Show
1998

Thanks of a Grateful Nation

Actor
Sen. Donald Riegle
Movie
1998

Voyage of Terror

Actor
The President
Movie
1998

Dish Dogs

Actor
Frost
Movie
1998

Just Shoot MeStream

Guest Star
Red Finch
Series
1997

Indefensible: The Truth About Edward Brannigan

Actor
Eddie Brannigan
Movie
1997

Indefensible: The Truth About Edward Brannigan

Director
Movie
1997

Indefensible: The Truth About Edward Brannigan

Executive Producer
Movie
1997

Theater Talk

Guest
Show
1996

Undue Influence

Actor
Show
1996

Dead Man's WalkStream

Actor
Miniseries
1996

Dead Man's Walk

Actor
Show
1996

Jack Reed: A Killer Amongst Us

Actor
Jack Reed
Movie
1996

Jack Reed: A Killer Amongst Us

Director
Movie
1996

Jack Reed: Uno de los Nuestros

Actor
Sgt. Jack Reed
Movie
1996

Jack Reed: Uno de los Nuestros

Director
Movie
1996

Jack Reed, Incorruptible

Actor
Jack Reed
Movie
1996

Jack Reed, Incorruptible

Director
Movie
1996

A Season in Purgatory

Actor
Gerald Bradley
Movie
1996

Dead Man's Walk

Actor
Major Chevallier
Movie
1996

Jack Reed: Un tueur parmi nous

Actor
Jack Reed
Movie
1996

Jack Reed: Un tueur parmi nous

Director
Movie
1996

Jack Reed: Un tueur parmi nous

Executive Producer
Movie
1996

Jack Reed: Un tueur parmi nous

Screenwriter
Movie
1996

Romeo + JulietStream

Actor
Ted Montague
Movie
1996
73%

La Sombra de la Vida

Actor
Movie
1995

La Sombra de la Vida

Director
Movie
1995

Juegos Perversos

Actor
Charley Sloan
Movie
1995

Juegos Perversos

Director
Movie
1995

Tommy BoyStream

Actor
Thomas 'Big Tom' Callahan II
Movie
1995
39%

The Stars Fell on Henrietta

Actor
Big Dave McDermot
Movie
1995

Shadow of a Doubt

Actor
Charley Sloan
Movie
1995

Shadow of a Doubt

Director
Movie
1995

Jack Reed: One of Our Own

Actor
Sgt. Jack Reed
Movie
1995

Jack Reed: One of Our Own

Director
Movie
1995

Jack Reed: One of Our Own

Screenwriter
Movie
1995

Birdland

Actor
Dr. Brian McKenzie
Show
1994

Leave of Absence

Actor
Sam
Movie
1994

Jack Reed: A Search for Justice

Actor
Jack Reed
Movie
1994

Jack Reed: A Search for Justice

Director
Movie
1994

Jack Reed: A Search for Justice

Screenwriter
Movie
1994

Midnight Movie

Actor
James Boyce
Movie
1994

Foreign Affairs

Actor
Chuck Mumpson
Movie
1993

Murder in the Heartland

Actor
John McArthur
Movie
1993

Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story

Actor
Ervil LeBaron
Movie
1993

Final Appeal

Actor
Perry Sundquist
Movie
1993

Jack Reed: Badge of Honor

Actor
Sgt. Jack Reed
Movie
1993

Deadly Matrimony

Actor
Show
1992

To Catch a Killer

Actor
John Wayne Gacy
Show
1992

Jefe de la Unión de Camioneros

Actor
Movie
1992

The Burden of Proof

Actor
xon Hartnell
Movie
1992

Gladiator

Actor
Jimmy Horn
Movie
1992

The Diamond Fleece

Actor
Inspector Outlaw
Movie
1992

Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story

Actor
Jackie Presser
Movie
1992

To Catch a Killer

Actor
John Wayne Gacy
Movie
1992

FX Efectos Especiales 2

Actor
Movie
1991

In Broad Daylight

Actor
Len Rowan
Movie
1991

FX 2: effets très spéciaux

Actor
Leo McCarthy
Movie
1991

Orgullo y Extremo Prejuicio

Actor
Movie
1990

The Last of the Finest

Actor
Frank Daly
Movie
1990

A Killing in a Small Town

Actor
Ed Reivers
Movie
1990

Rising Son

Actor
Gus Robinson
Movie
1990

Presumed InnocentStream

Actor
Raymond Horgan
Movie
1990
86%

El Límite

Actor
Movie
1990

Pride and Extreme Prejudice

Actor
Bruno Morenz
Movie
1990

Indio

Actor
Whytaker
Movie
1990

Punto de Impacto

Actor
Movie
1990

Day One

Actor
Gen. Leslie Groves
Movie
1989

Perfect Witness

Actor
James Falcon
Movie
1989

Georg Elser - Einer aus Deutschland

Actor
Wagner
Movie
1989

A Father's Revenge

Actor
Paul Hobart
Movie
1988

Return to Snowy River

Actor
Harrison
Movie
1988

Miles From Home

Actor
Frank Roberts Sr.
Movie
1988

Best Seller

Actor
Dennis Meechum
Movie
1987

Le Lion d'Afrique

Actor
Movie
1987

The Lion of Africa

Actor
Sam Marsh
Movie
1987

The Belly of an Architect

Actor
Stourley Kracklite
Movie
1987

F/XStream

Actor
Lt. Leo McCarthy
Movie
1986
89%

Acceptable Risks

Actor
Don Sheppard
Movie
1986

The Check Is in the Mail

Actor
Richard Jackson
Movie
1986

Legal Eagles

Actor
Cavanaugh
Movie
1986

Una Segunda Vez en la Vida

Actor
Movie
1985

Cocoon

Actor
Walter
Movie
1985
76%

SilveradoStream

Actor
Sheriff Cobb
Movie
1985
78%

Twice in a Lifetime

Actor
Nick
Movie
1985
83%

FX: effet de choc

Actor
Movie
1985

HunterStream

Actor
Dr. Bolin
Series
1984

Miami ViceStream

Guest Star
Reverend Billy Bob Proverb
Series
1984
71%

Hunter

Actor
Dr. Bolin
Movie
1984

Off Sides

Actor
Sergeant Cheever
Movie
1984

The River Rat

Actor
Doc Cole
Movie
1984

Finders Keepers

Actor
Frizzoli
Movie
1984

Qui le trouve le garde

Actor
Movie
1984

Gorky ParkStream

Actor
William Kirwill
Movie
1983
78%

Never Cry Wolf

Actor
Rosie
Movie
1983

Star of the Family

Actor
Leslie 'Buddy' Krebs
Show
1982

First BloodStream

Actor
Teasle
Movie
1982
86%

Fly Away Home

Actor
Tim
Movie
1981

Skokie

Actor
Police Chief Arthur Buchanan
Movie
1981

A Rumor of War

Actor
Sgt. Ned Coleman
Show
1980

The Seduction of Miss Leona

Actor
Bliss Dawson
Movie
1980

Little Miss Marker

Actor
Herbie
Movie
1980

Big Shamus, Little Shamus

Actor
Arnie Sutter
Show
1979

Butch and Sundance: The Early DaysStream

Actor
O.C. Hanks
Movie
1979
33%

The Jericho Mile

Actor
Dr. D
Movie
1979

10Stream

Actor
Sam, the Bartender
Movie
1979
68%

Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story

Actor
Mr. O'Neil
Movie
1979

Les Joyeux débuts de Butch Cassidy et le Kid

Actor
O.C. Hanks
Movie
1979

Dummy

Actor
Ragoti
Movie
1979

PearlStream

Actor
Sgt. Otto Chain
Miniseries
1978

DallasStream

Guest Star
Soap
1978

Un Verdadero Héroe Norteamericano

Actor
Movie
1978

Foul Play

Actor
Fergie
Movie
1978
74%

A Real American Hero

Actor
Buford Pusser
Movie
1978

A Death in Canaan

Actor
Barney Parsons
Movie
1978

Ruby and Oswald

Actor
George Paulsen
Movie
1978

F.I.S.T.

Actor
Frank Vasko
Movie
1978

Ants!

Actor
Fire Chief
Movie
1977

Semi-ToughStream

Actor
T.J. Lambert
Movie
1977

Police Woman

Guest Star
Burrows
Series
1974

M*A*S*HStream

Guest Star
M.P. Ernie Connors
Series
1972

Masterpiece

Actor
Franchise
1971

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