The American actor Brian Dennehy, widely known for the films Rambo: First Blood and Tommy’s Loyalty, died in his 82nd year. According to his daughter Elizabeth Dennehy, the death of an elderly artist is not related to coronavirus.
“With a heavy heart, we inform you that our father Brian passed away last night for natural reasons – he was not diagnosed with COVID. His wife Jennifer, family and many friends will miss the best, very generous, proud and adored father and grandfather, ”wrote Dennehy’s daughter on Twitter.
Actor’s colleague in the film “Rambo: First Blood” Sylvester Stallone devoted the tragedy to a post on his Instagram page and stated that “the world has lost a great artist.”
“The great actor Brian Dennehy passed away. He was just a brilliant performer. In addition, he was a Vietnam war veteran who helped me a lot when creating the character in Rambo, ”wrote Stallone.
Actress Mia Farrow posted on Twitter a cute photo of Dennehy with a puppy.
“I am devastated by the news of the death of the amazing Brian Dennehy. Working with him was the greatest pleasure of my career. And in my life there are few such valuable friends. I took this photo backstage when we both played in Love Message. He adored my Bowie puppy, ”Farrow shared.
Popular in the 1960s, 79-year-old singer Nancy Sinatra expressed condolences in the comments of Dennehy’s daughter.
“I am very sorry that you lost your wonderful father, and I hope that fond memories will support you at this most difficult time. The world also loved him. My heart is broken, ”Sinatra wrote.
The actor was born July 9, 1938 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He studied history at Columbia University and successfully played for the college student football team. After serving in the Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963, Dennehy received a master’s degree in drama at Yale University. Later, in an interview, he admitted that he had fought in Vietnam during military service.
In 1977, the actor began acting in the television series Kodjak, Serpico, Dynasty, Dallas, Lou Grant and others. At the age of 39, Dennehy made his big movie debut, appearing in Richard Brooks’ Waiting for Mr. Goodbar. This was followed by roles in the films “Cool Half”, “Fist”, “Dirty Game”, “Little Miss Marker” and others. In Peter Greenaway’s “Belly of an Architect,” Dennehy played the fashionable American architect Storley Crackleit, for which he was awarded at the Chicago Film Festival.
The actor became widely known in the 80s when he played the role of opposing Stallone hero Sheriff Will Teesle in the film “Rambo: First Blood.” Then he starred in the detective “Gorky Park”, the dilogy “The Illusion of Murder” and the thriller “Best Seller”.
Critics praised Dennehy’s harmonious duet with James Woods in Best Seller, where they played a cop and a con artist. The actor also starred in the 1990 crime drama “The Last of the Worthiest,” the indie film “Happy Stars over Henrietta,” starring Robert Duvall and the miniseries Walk the Dead. In the 90s, Dennehy got the main roles in the films “The Story of Jackie Presser,” “Tony’s Loyalty,” “Leaving Life.” For the main role in the television version of the Broadway production of Death of the Salesman based on the play by Arthur Miller, the actor won the Golden Globe and was nominated for an Emmy Award.
He also received nominations for a television prize for his role as a lawyer in the drama Murder in a Small Town, the stock market dealer in the mini-series Under the Weight of Evidence, and serial killer John Wayne Gacy in the television movie Catch the Killer. In total, he was nominated for an Emmy six times.
In 1995, Dennehy made his debut in the Broadway play based on the play by Brian Friel “Need a Translation” with Dana Delaney. For his roles in theatrical productions, he twice received the prestigious Tony Award.