Brian Dennehy dies: “Tommy Boy” star Cocoon dies at 81 – National


Brian Dennehy, an actor whose career spanned television, film and stage, died Wednesday night in Connecticut. He was 81 years old.

Dennehy died of natural causes, confirmed by daughter Elizabeth Dennehy.

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that our father, Brian, died last night of natural causes unrelated to Covid. Larger than life, generous with a fault, proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will be sadly missed by his wife Jennifer, his family and many friends, “she tweeted Thursday.

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Known for his broad frame, his booming voice and his ability to play good and bad with equal balance, Dennehy has won two Tony Awards and a Golden Globe and has been nominated for six Emmy Awards. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2010.

Dennehy starred alongside Sylvester Stallone in the 1982 film First blood. He was also in the movies Gorky Park (1983), Silverado (1985), Cocoon (1985), F / X (1986), Alleged innocent (1990), Gladiator (1992), Romeo + Juliet (1996), Tommy boy (1997), Knight of the cups (2015), The Seagull (2018) and Aisles (2019).

The six-time Emmy nominee recently starred in The black list like Dominic Wilkinson.

Dennehy’s other TV appearances include Hap and Leonard, Public morality, death of a seller and The good wife.

His Broadway credits include Translations, Death of a salesman, long day trip at night and Inherit the wind.

He won the Tony Awards in 1999 and 2003 for playing Willy Loman in Death of a seller and Tyrone in Long day trip at night.

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Many people have gone on Twitter to share their condolences.

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Dennehy is survived by his second wife and children Elizabeth, Kathleen, Dierdre, Cormac and Sarah.

—With an Associated Press file

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