Brian Dennehy

Actor, Producer, Director
ne of America's most respected and prolific actors since the mid-1980s, Brian Dennehy was a supporting player and occasional leading man whose work in film, television and on stage earned him numerous awards. Filmgoers ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1938 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (165)

Knight of Cups 2016 (Movie)

Joseph (Actor)

The Blacklist 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Public Morals 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Alleged 2014 (Movie)

Clarence Darrow (Actor)

The Challenger Disaster 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big C 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Good Wife 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Every Day 2011 (Movie)

Ernie (Actor)

Meet Monica Velour 2011 (Movie)

Pop Pop (Actor)

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

Raymond (Actor)

Rizzoli & Isles 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Next Three Days 2010 (Movie)

George Brennan (Actor)

War Eagle 2009 (Movie)

Pops (Actor)

30 Rock 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cat City 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Righteous Kill 2008 (Movie)

Hingis (Actor)

Trumbo 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Marco Polo 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Ratatouille 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Django (Actor)

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ultimate Gift 2007 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

10th and Wolf 2006 (Movie)

Leo Horvath (Actor)

Everyone's Hero 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Babe Ruth (Actor)

Welcome to Paradise 2006 (Movie)

Bobby Brown (Actor)

Assault on Precinct 13 2005 (Movie)

Jasper O'Shea (Actor)

She Hate Me 2004 (Movie)

Chairman Church (Actor)

Just Shoot Me 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Founding Brothers 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Night Visions 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Project Greenlight 1993 - 1994, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Himself

Stolen Summer 2002 (Movie)

Father Kelly (Actor)

The Fighting Fitzgeralds 1993 - 1994, 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Arrest & Trial 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Catch 2001 (Movie)

Coach John Schiffner (Actor)

The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

Death of a Salesman 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Fail Safe 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sirens 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Duel 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Chris Farley: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dudley Moore: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Out of the Cold 1999 (Movie)

US Ambassador David Bards (Actor)

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

Tom Clancy's NetForce 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dish Dogs 1998 (Movie)

Frost (Actor)

Gunfighters of the West 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Joseph Conrad's "Nostromo" 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

Steve Martini's Undue Influence 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Reed: A Killer Amongst Us 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Romeo + Juliet 1996 (Movie)

Ted Montague (Actor)

Shadow of a Doubt 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stars Fell on Henrietta 1995 (Movie)

Big Dave (Actor)

Tommy Boy 1995 (Movie)

Big Tom (Actor)

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

Birdland 1993 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Final Appeal 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight Movie 1993 (Movie)

James Boyce (Actor)

Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Performer

The Wild West 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Gladiator 1992 (Movie)

Horn (Actor)

FX2 - The Deadly Art of Illusion 1991 (Movie)

Leo McCarthy (Actor)

Presumed Innocent 1990 (Movie)

Raymond Horgan (Actor)

The Last of the Finest 1990 (Movie)

Frank Daly (Actor)

Day One 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Indio 1989 (Movie)

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Seven Minutes 1989 (Movie)

Ernst Wagner (Actor)

The Belly of an Architect 1989 (Movie)

Stourley Kracklite (Actor)

Cocoon: the Return 1988 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Locked Out of the American Dream 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Miles From Home 1988 (Movie)

Frank Roberts Senior (Actor)

Best Seller 1987 (Movie)

Dennis Meechum (Actor)

The Little Mermaid 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Annie Oakley 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

F/X 1986 (Movie)

Leo McCarthy (Actor)

Legal Eagles 1986 (Movie)

C J Cavanaugh (Actor)

The Check Is in the Mail 1986 (Movie)

Richard Jackson (Actor)

The Last Place on Earth 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Twice in A Lifetime 1986 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Cocoon 1985 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

Evergreen 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Silverado 1985 (Movie)

Cobb (Actor)

Finders Keepers 1984 (Movie)

Mayor Frizzoli (Actor)

Off Sides 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The River Rat 1984 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Gorky Park 1983 (Movie)

William Kirwill (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Cry Wolf 1983 (Movie)

Rosie Little (Actor)

Star of the Family 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

First Blood 1982 (Movie)

Sheriff Will Teasle (Actor)

Fly Away Home 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Split Image 1982 (Movie)

Kevin (Actor)

Big Shamus, Little Shamus 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Miss Marker 1980 (Movie)

Herbie (Actor)

10 1979 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days 1979 (Movie)

O C Hanks (Actor)

Dummy 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Pearl 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

Frank Vasko (Actor)

Foul Play 1978 (Movie)

Fergie (Actor)

It Happened at Lake Wood Manor 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Bumpers 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Handle With Care 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Looking For Mr. Goodbar 1977 (Movie)

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Semi-Tough 1977 (Movie)

T J Lambert (Actor)

A Death in Canaan (TV Show)

Actor

A Father's Revenge (TV Show)

Actor

A Killing in a Small Town (TV Show)

Actor

A Real American Hero (TV Show)

Actor

A Rumor of War (TV Show)

Actor

A Season in Purgatory (TV Show)

Actor

A Season on the Brink (TV Show)

Actor

Acceptable Risks (TV Show)

Actor

Alleged (TV Show)

Actor

American Valor (TV Show)

Narrator

Blood Feud (TV Show)

Actor

Day One (Movie)

Gen. Leslie Groves (Actor)

Deadly Matrimony (TV Show)

Actor

Final Appeal (Movie)

(Actor)

Foreign Affairs (TV Show)

Actor

Founding Fathers (TV Show)

Voice

Hunter (TV Show)

Actor

I Take These Men (TV Show)

Actor

In Broad Daylight (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Reed: Badge of Honor (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye (TV Show)

Actor

Leave of Absence (TV Show)

Actor

Marco Polo (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in the Heartland (TV Show)

Actor

Off Sides (Movie)

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Our Fathers (TV Show)

Actor

Perfect Witness (TV Show)

Actor

Pride and Extreme Prejudice (TV Show)

Actor

Rising Son (TV Show)

Actor

Ruby and Oswald (TV Show)

Actor

Skokie (TV Show)

Actor

Thanks of a Grateful Nation (TV Show)

Actor

The Burden of Proof (TV Show)

Actor

The Diamond Fleece (TV Show)

Actor

The Exonerated (TV Show)

Actor

The Jericho Mile (TV Show)

Actor

The Lion of Africa (TV Show)

Actor

The Seduction of Miss Leona (TV Show)

Actor

Three Blind Mice (TV Show)

Actor

To Catch a Killer (TV Show)

Actor

Voyage of Terror (TV Show)

Actor

Warden of Red Rock (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

ne of America's most respected and prolific actors since the mid-1980s, Brian Dennehy was a supporting player and occasional leading man whose work 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.

Relationships

Jennifer Arnott

Wife
Met in Australia while Dennehy was working on a film Married in 1988

Edward Dennehy

Father
Deceased

Hannah Dennehy

Mother
Died of lung cancer on Nov. 4, 1991

Dierdre Dennehy

Daughter

Elizabeth Dennehy

Daughter
Born on Oct. 1, 1960

Kathleen Dennehy

Daughter

Sarah Dennehy

Daughter
Born c. 1995 Adopted Biological sister of Cormac Dennehy

Cormac Dennehy

Son
Born c. 1993 Adopted Biological brother of Sarah Dennehy

Edward Dennehy

Brother

Michael Dennehy

Brother

Judith Scheff

Wife
Married in 1959 Divorced in 1974 Mother of Dennehy's three oldest daughters

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York
Attended on a football scholarship; appeared in college productions

Chaminade High School

Mineola , New York
Had a teacher encourage him to act; also played football

Yale University

New Haven , Connecticut
Did graduate work

Milestones

2011

Cast in the comedy feature "The Big Year" opposite Owen Wilson, Jack Black, and Steve Martin

2010

Played the father of Russell Crowe in the suspense film "The Next Three Days"

2009

Once again returned to Broadway for a revival of Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the Elms"

2008

Guest starred as a Teamster boss on an episode of "30 Rock" (NBC)

2008

Appeared as the superior officer of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in "Righteous Kill"

2007

Lent his voice to the animated movie "Ratatouille"

2007

Appeared on an episode of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC) as a retired criminal who wants to reconnect with his daughter

2007

Returned to Broadway as Matthew Harrison Brady in "Inherit the Wind," opposite Christopher Plummer

2006

Starred in the indie film "10th and Wolf," based on a story by Bobby Moresco and Chazz Palminteri

2005

Received an Emmy nomination for his role as Father Domenic Spagnolia in Showtime's "Our Fathers"

2005

Starred with Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne in "Assault on Precinct 13"

2004

Cast in Spike Lee's "She Hate Me"

2003

Won a Tony for Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night"

2002

Portrayed Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight in the ESPN biopic "A Season on the Brink"

2001

Headlined the short-lived NBC sitcom "The Fighting Fitzgeralds"

2000

Reprised role of Willy Loman in the Showtime adaptation of "Death of a Salesman"

1999

Portrayed Louis Bromfield in the CBS miniseries "Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke"

1998

Landed recurring role as David Spade's father on the NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me"

1998

Starred in the Chicago production of "Death of a Salesman"; transferred to Broadway in February 1999

1996

Co-starred in the CBS miniseries "A Season in Purgatory," based on a 1993 novel by Dominick Dunne

1995

Played Big Tom Callahan in the comedy "Tommy Boy," starring Chris Farley and David Spade

1995

Made his Broadway debut in Brian Friel's "Translations"

1994

Played hospital psychiatrist Dr. Brian McKenzie on the short-lived ABC drama "Birdland"

1994

Made directorial debut with "Jack Reed: A Search for Justice"; also scripted and acted in

1993

Producing debut, the NBC TV-movie, "Jack Reed: Badge of Honor"; also starred in the title role

1992

Earned an Emmy nomination for his role as notorious serial killer John Wayne Gacy in "To Catch a Killer" (CBS)

1992

Received another Emmy nomination for his role in "Murder in the Heartland" (ABC)

1992

Earned an Emmy nomination for his supporting role in "The Burden of Proof" (ABC)

1992

Played the title role in HBO's "Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story"

1991

Reprised his role for "F/X2 – The Deadly Art of Illusion"

1990

Co-starred with Harrison Ford in "Presumed Innocent"

1987

Starred in the Peter Greenaway film "The Belly of an Architect"

1987

Played the lead role in the thriller "Best Seller"

1986

Portrayed a police detective in Ivan Reitman's "Legal Eagles"

1986

Co-starred with Bryan Brown in the thriller "F/X"

1985

Portrayed a corrupt sheriff in the Western feature "Silverado"

1985

Cast as an alien in Ron Howard's "Cocoon"

1983

Appeared with William Hurt in "Gorky Park"

1982

Played the lead role on the short-lived ABC series "Star of The Family"

1982

Had a supporting role in "Split Image"

1982

Breakthrough role, playing Sheriff Will Teasle in "First Blood" opposite Sylvester Stallone

1979

Had a small role as a bartender in "10," starring Dudley Moore

1979

First role as a series regular, played Arnie Sutter on the short-lived CBS drama "Big Shamus, Little Shamus"

1978

Appeared as a police detective in "Foul Play," starring Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase

1977

First film role was "Semi-Tough" with Burt Reynolds

1977

Played the Fire Chief in first TV-movie "It Happened at Lakewood Manor" (ABC)

1976

New York stage debut in "Streamers"

1960

Served with the Marine Corps

Professional stage debut in Chekhov's "Ivanov"

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