Character Actor Brian Dennehy Dies at Age 81

It is with great sadness that (via Variety) must report that much-loved character actor Brian Dennehy has passed away from natural causes at age 81. Dennehy’s daughter broke the news on Twitter earlier today…

Dennehy was perhaps best known to movie lovers for his menacing performance as an authoritarian sheriff who butts heads with Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo in 1982’s First Blood. He also memorably played Chris Farley’s father in the 1995 comedy Tommy Boy, and voiced the role of the Patton Oswalt’s dad in Pixar’s 2007 hit Ratatouille.

Other notable roles include 1977’s Foul Play opposite Chevy Chase, Lawrence Kasdan’s Silverado (1985), Ron Howard’s Cocoon (1985), Ivan Reitman’s Legal Eagles (1986), Alan Pakula’s Presumed Innocent (1990), Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups (2015) and most recently in the 2018 comedy Tag. He also won a Golden Globe for his performance in the 2000 TV version of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, a role for which he also won a Tony for his stage performance in 1999.

The Hollywood community remembered Brian Dennehy today on Twitter…

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