Brian Dennehy, ‘Tommy Boy’ and ‘First Blood’ Star, Dies at 81
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Brian Dennehy, ‘Tommy Boy’ and ‘First Blood’ Star, Dies at 81

Brian Dennehy has died at the age of 81. He was best known for “Tommy Boy,” “First Blood” and “Cocoon.”

U.S. actor Brian Dennehy holds his Olivier Award for Best Actor for his role in “Death of a Salesman,” during the 2006 British Theater Lawrence Olivier Awards in Central London, Sunday Feb. 26, 2006. (AP Photo/Max Nash)


NEW YORK (AP) — Brian Dennehy, the burly actor who started in films as a macho heavy and later in his career won plaudits for his stage work in plays by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, has died. He was 81.

Dennehy died Wednesday night of natural causes in New Haven, Connecticut, according to Kate Cafaro of ICM Partners, the actor’s representatives.

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


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