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R.I.P Brian Dennehy 1938-2020

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by Brendan K, Apr 16, 2020.

  1. Brendan K

    Brendan K Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Brian Dennehy Dead: ‘Tommy Boy’ and ‘First Blood’ Star Dies at 81 – Variety

    “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related. Larger than life, generous to a fault, a proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends,” his daughter Elizabeth Dennehy tweeted on Thursday.

    His agency ICM also confirmed the news, which TMZ was first to report.
  2. Gene Parmesan

    Gene Parmesan "Rickey doesn't have albums. Rickey has CDs."

    PA, USA
    Also great in the F/X films.
  3. noname74

    noname74 Allegedly Canadian

    A great actor.
  4. Graham

    Graham Forum Resident

    London, UK
    "He drew first blood, not me".


    Amazed I'm able to post in a RIP thread before the forum ghoul.
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  5. Vahan

    Vahan Forum Resident

    Glendale, CA, USA
    He played a great bad guy in First Blood. He also played a prosecutor late in season 1 and early in season 2 of, Dynasty, plus an episode of Cagney & Lacey.
  6. YardByrd

    YardByrd rock n roll citizen in a hip hop world

    loved him in Silverado... always a great bad guy... totally forgot about FX altogether! Need to rewatch it!
  7. Graham

    Graham Forum Resident

    London, UK
    I need to rewatch Best Seller with Dennehy and James Woods.
  8. noname74

    noname74 Allegedly Canadian

    Although the critics hated it, I loved him in Best Seller.
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  9. Ray Blend

    Ray Blend Bring back reality

    The Midwest
    What a guy.

    Probably my favorite story about him, told by Patton Oswalt (jump to 5:30):
  10. smilin ed

    smilin ed Forum Resident

    Terrific actor.
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  11. wwaldmanfan

    wwaldmanfan Born In The 50's

    Liked him in the remake of "Assault on Precinct 13" (2005) w/Laurence Fishburn and Ethan Hawke.
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  12. markreed

    markreed Forum Resident

    He was an incredible actor. You always believed he was who was playing. He just played a character who probably got told he looked like Brian Dennehy. His character probably said "I get that a lot" and went back to whatever the character did.
  13. GlamorProfession

    GlamorProfession Forum Resident

    i liked his acting style. kind of understated. i'm thinking of "Cocoon" and the small part as a bartender in "10".
  14. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Senior Member

    Good, not a great, for me. Worked a vast amount, though, and mostly enjoyed his work. Strangely, for all his "tough guy" roles, I think the one he was most oddly right in was as the alien "Walter" in "Cocoon." I suggested him once as an actor to play Hemmingway in a movie Andy Garcia was producing and I was shot down, told by another producer he was a "poor man's Gene Hackman." I guess they knew better than me.

    Right on. "10" was another role where he stood out. When his sinister characteristics were used to be a "nice guy" - he was weirdly fascinating to watch. Probably would have made a great John Wayne Gacy.
  15. monovinyl

    monovinyl Forum Resident

    RIP Brian...Just saw you in Rambo last week. Brilliant performance.
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  16. MikaelaArsenault

    MikaelaArsenault Forum Resident

    New Hampshire
    Oh wow. This is a shock.
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  17. Dr. Funk

    Dr. Funk Vintage Dust

    Fort Worth TX
    He was great in Gorky Park (1983)....a cop investigating his brother's murder over in the USSR during the cold war. He was also terrific as a slimy lawyer in Presumed Innocent (1990).
    Thanks for the movies Brian.
  18. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe 3 months since last false death report!

    What was so great about his character in Silverado was just how much fun that character was having. Like when he pulled back his duster to reveal the badge - "Welcome to heaven."

  19. Emberglow

    Emberglow Forum Resident

    Waterford, Ireland
    Brian was a great stage actor, too. I saw him play the lead character of The Bull McCabe in Joe Dowling's production of John B. Keane's great play 'The Field' in The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, about a decade ago. Also, as I read Elmore Leonard crime novels back in the '80s and '90s, I often used to visualize Brian Dennehy in the leading role in quite a few of them if they made it to screen stage. I think it's a shame it didn't happen more often. Rest in Peace, big man
  20. RIP Brian. So many great parts. A bit of a Character Actor, but made so many of them very memorable.
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  21. swandown

    swandown Under Assistant West Coast Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    His performance in First Blood is underrated. He's the antagonist, but he's not really a bad guy. He's not a malicious caricature like a lot of cops are portrayed in Hollywood films.

    Dennehy plays the role from the perspective of a mostly decent cop trying to do the best he can in a tough situation. And he plays it perfectly.

    That role would have been very different if the film had been made in the past 25 years.
  22. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    Who’s the forum ghoul?

    R.I.P. Brian Dennehy
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  23. Zoot Marimba

    Zoot Marimba And I’m The Critic Of The Group

    Sorry to hear this, good actor and always enjoyed seeing him pop up in things.
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  24. dlokazip

    dlokazip Forum Transient

    Austin, TX, USA
    Rest easy, Mr. Dennehy.

    Still hate the sheriff in First Blood. He played that guy well.
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  25. Propinquity

    Propinquity Forum Resident

    Gravel Switch, KY
    I saw him opposite Christopher Plummer in Inherit the Wind on Broadway.

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