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Brian Dennehy Biography

Birth Place:
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Profession
Actor, producer, director, screenwriter

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

Awards

  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: winner
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1999Tony-Actor (Play): winner
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: nominated

Relationships

  • Edward J. Dennehy, Jr -- Brother
  • Michael Dennehy -- Brother
  • Deirdre Dennehy -- Daughter
  • Sarah Dennehy -- Daughter
  • Judith Scheff -- Ex-wife
  • Edward J. Dennehy -- Father
  • Hannah Dennehy -- Mother
  • Cormac Dennehy -- Son
  • Jennifer Arnott -- Wife