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Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:17 PM

BRIAN DENNEHY DEAD AT 81

Source: TMZ

BRIAN DENNEHY
DEAD AT 81

Brian Dennehy -- the veteran actor whose career spanned 5 decades on the stage and screen -- has died ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us Dennehy died Wednesday night in Connecticut ... we're told he passed of natural causes and there will not be an official autopsy.

The actor's career began in the '70s with a run of small guest roles on TV shows like "Kojak," "M*A*S*H," "Lou Grant" and "Dallas" ... before landing a recurring role on "Dynasty" in 1981.

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Chicago1980 Apr 2020 OP
Nacht Owl Apr 2020 #1
Hobo Apr 2020 #2
Paladin Apr 2020 #3
TeamPooka Apr 2020 #4
dweller Apr 2020 #6
TeamPooka Apr 2020 #9
C Moon Apr 2020 #31
NBachers Apr 2020 #5
left-of-center2012 Apr 2020 #7
Alacritous Crier Apr 2020 #15
quickesst Apr 2020 #8
BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #10
Tikki Apr 2020 #22
BumRushDaShow Apr 2020 #26
MuseRider Apr 2020 #11
Polly Hennessey Apr 2020 #12
lunatica Apr 2020 #19
TruckFump Apr 2020 #13
Alacritous Crier Apr 2020 #14
Marcuse Apr 2020 #16
yaesu Apr 2020 #17
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Bengus81 Apr 2020 #25
ffr Apr 2020 #27
Skittles Apr 2020 #28
captain queeg Apr 2020 #29
Aristus Apr 2020 #30
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soldierant Apr 2020 #42
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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:21 PM

1. That Truly Sucks

 

He was an amazing actor!

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:25 PM

2. I saw him on Broadway

In Death of a Salesman he was excellent

RIP

Hobo

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:25 PM

3. Outstanding actor. So sorry to hear this. (nt)

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:25 PM

4. 10, Cocoon, F/X, Silverado...so many great films RIP BD

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:29 PM

6. Gorky Park

great film, better book

✌🏼

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Response to dweller (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:29 PM

9. great book

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 04:33 PM

31. He was the best part of First Blood.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:27 PM

5. I was always glad to see him in whatever he did.

I liked him in Cocoon.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:29 PM

7. I always liked him until ...

... his performance as John Wayne Gacy in “To Catch a Killer”.
Gacy was such a despicable murderer that afterwards I always thought of Gacy when I saw Brian Dennehy.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:05 PM

15. He was a terrible choice to play Gacy.

The later film Gacy (2003) starring Mark Holton was much better cast and quite realistic.

I think that was the only film of Dennehy's that I didn't like.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:29 PM

8. RIP Brian Dennehy

One of those rare actors who could play either good or evil with 100% authenticity.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:37 PM

10. Wow. Hadn't heard his name mentioned in a long time.

He was a fixture in so many shows.

R.I.P.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:21 PM

22. According to IMDB He was still working with projects in the queue..

He started his career in 1977.
I think he was handsome and a great actor.

Tikki

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Response to Tikki (Reply #22)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:51 PM

26. He was usually appearing on TV as a "guest star"

and as a character actor, I would see him pop up often during the 80s.

Good character actors usually have steady work and he had quite a resume of appearances!

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:41 PM

11. I am so sad to see this.

I always loved watching him no matter what the movie was. RIP and thank you for the fine entertainment.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:48 PM

12. I truly enjoyed his acting.

When he was on the screen, he dominated. I always had a crush on him.

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Response to Polly Hennessey (Reply #12)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:17 PM

19. Me too.

He was a gifted actor who could make you totally believe he was an evil character. He had a definite presence that dominated the screen. His facial movements filled out his characters to perfection. One raise of his eyebrow spoke volumes of evilness that mere words could never depict. He also gave his bad guy characters a human touch, making them more three dimensional.

This is sad news.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 02:53 PM

13. One of my all time favorite actors.

Cocoon...and so many other great displays of his talent.

RIP, Mr. Dennehy

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:02 PM

14. He was one of my favorites...

RIP.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:07 PM

16. He could play the villain well also.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:08 PM

17. A favorite, fantastic actor, R.I.P.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:12 PM

18. Always a solid performer. RIP

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:17 PM

20. May he have eternal rest and may perpetual light shine on him.

And may his family be at peace.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:20 PM

21. I am sorry to hear this.

He was a fine actor.

I know that he apparently didn't die of COVID, but I feel that the people we lose during the pandemic just vanish. It's disorienting.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:33 PM

23. Winning his second Tony, 2003...

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:39 PM

24. 😢

🕯

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 03:39 PM

25. Gonna pin that Congressional Medal of honor to his liver!!

Damn,how many movies did Dennehy make?

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 04:00 PM

27. Tommy Boy's dad!

One of my favorite characters he played. Brought seriousness and humor to the movie.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 04:27 PM

28. oh wow, what an actor

really outstanding

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 04:28 PM

29. I liked the film with James Wood who was a hit man

And Dennehy played a PI or something. Don’t remember the title now. Probably in the 80s. I know he played the heavy sometimes but I liked him better as a good guy.

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Response to captain queeg (Reply #29)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 04:32 PM

30. I think it was called "Best Seller".

I liked James Woods back then. I liked his twitchy, febrile energy. He had a likeable on-screen presence. Who knew he'd turn out to be a right-wing hammerhead?

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Response to Aristus (Reply #30)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 07:37 PM

40. Exactly. He's a far gone wingmut nowadays.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #30)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 09:05 PM

42. I gather a lot of people who worked with himknew.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 04:55 PM

32. Gladiator (1992)

Another underrated great movie. Brian plays a bad guy in this one and is awesome at it.
https://m.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 05:03 PM

33. RIP.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 05:11 PM

34. His IMBD is so damned long...RIP

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 05:58 PM

35. Silverado

One of my all time favorite Westerns.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #35)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 11:13 PM

44. Yes. he was so

sinister! He did sinister very well.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 05:58 PM

36. Aww. I always liked him.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 06:51 PM

37. Whatever he was in, he made it better

Such a familiar face. I'll miss him but he lives on in so many movies and shows.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 07:28 PM

38. Damn..

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 07:31 PM

39. F/X great movie n/t

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Thu Apr 16, 2020, 08:55 PM

41. Worked up until the end too

He has 2 movies coming out this year and one that was in pre-production.

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Fri Apr 17, 2020, 02:18 AM

43. RIP

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Response to Chicago1980 (Original post)

Sat Apr 18, 2020, 12:40 AM

45. RIP

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