Brian Dennehy

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Biography

  • Birth Place: Bridgeport, CT
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 07/09/1938, Cancer
  • Profession: Actor; producer; director; screenwriter
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Brian Dennehy Fast Facts:
  • Served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960 to '65.
  • Worked as a meat-truck driver, salesman, motel clerk and bartender before acting.
  • Attended Columbia University on a football scholarship.
  • Worked as a Wall Street stockbroker for a short time; one of his coworkers was Martha Stewart.
  • Big-screen breakthrough came with the role of Sheriff Will Teasle in 1982's First Blood.
  • Produced, wrote, directed and starred in a series of TV movies about police officer Jack Reed, beginning with 1992's Deadly Matrimony.
  • Played the role of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman for more than 600 performances.
  • Narrated the 2009 docudrama Death or Canada, which chronicles the Irish immigration to Toronto during the potato famine; was inspired to do the project by his grandfather, who immigrated to the United States from Ireland as a boy.
  • Is an accomplished sailor.
  • Brian Dennehy Relationships:
  • Cormac Dennehy - Son
  • Michael Dennehy - Brother
  • Elizabeth Dennehy - Daughter
  • Judith Scheff - Ex-wife
  • Edward J. Dennehy - Father
  • Kathleen Dennehy - Daughter
  • Deirdre Dennehy - Daughter
  • Edward J. Dennehy, Jr - Brother
  • Hannah Dennehy - Mother
  • Jennifer Arnott - Wife
  • Sarah Dennehy - Daughter
  • Brian Dennehy Awards:
  • 2000 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 1993 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Nominee
  • 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 1990 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • 2003 Tony: Actor (Play) - Winner
  • 2001 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Winner
  • 1999 Tony: Actor (Play) - Winner
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Winner
  • 1992 Emmy: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special - Nominee
  • College:
  • Columbia University, New York, NY (BA in History, 1960)

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