Sylvester Stallone mourns the loss of his First blood costar Brian Dennehy.
The 73-year-old actor shared a photo of himself and Dennehy in the 1982 film on his Instagram account on Thursday, writing: “The great actor Brian Dennehy has passed away. “
“He was quite simply a brilliant interpreter … He was also a Vietnamese veterinarian who helped me a lot to build the character of RAMBO. The world has lost a great artist. #First Blood, ”wrote Stallone.
Dennehy died Wednesday evening at the age of 81. Her daughter, actress Elizabeth Dennehy, announced the news on Twitter, telling fans that it was due to natural causes unrelated to COVID-19.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce that our father, Brian, died last night of natural causes unrelated to Covid,” she tweeted. “Larger than life, generous at fault, proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will be sadly missed by his wife Jennifer, his family and many friends.”
Dennehy’s breakthrough in theater came with First blood, playing an overzealous sheriff against Stallone.
He has had several memorable parts in films such as Split image (1982), Legal eagles (1986), F / X: Murder by illusion (1986) and Prophet of Evil (1993).
The actor worked opposite the late Chris Farley in the popular comedy Tommy boy (1995). Brian also appeared in Alleged innocent (1990), with Harrison Ford.
Dennehy got his Tony Awards for his Broadway roles with Willy Loman in Death of a seller (1999) and Tyrone in Long day trip at night (2003).
On television, Dennehy worked on several series in the 1970s and 1980s such as Kojak, Lou Grant, Dallas and Dynasty. He also appeared in an episode of Miami Vice In the 1980’s.
His television career has led to six Emmy Award nominations for his television films such as his performance as John Wayne Gacy in To catch a killer.
Most recently, Dennehy has had recurring roles as a KGB agent on NBC The black list, as well as an Irish mafia boss about the 2015 crime drama Public ethics and a sheriff on Sundance TV Hap and Leonard.