Who is Brian Dennehy? Biography, Wiki, Age, Career, Wife, Children

Brian Dennehy
Brian Dennehy

Brian Dennehy Bio – Wiki

Brian Dennehy was born on July 9, 1938, in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was an American actor of film, stage, and television. A winner of one Golden Globe, two Tony Awards and a recipient of six Primetime Emmy Award nominations, he gained initial recognition for his role as Sheriff Will Teasle in First Blood (1982).

Dennehy died on 16 April 2020 at the age of 81.

Parents & Siblings

He was the son of Hannah Dennehy and Edward Dennehy. His father was a wire service editor for the Associated Press. Dennehy has two brothers, Michael and Edward. Dennehy is of Irish ancestry and was raised Catholic. The family relocated to Long Island, New York, where Dennehy attended Chaminade High School in the town of Mineola.


A football scholarship paved the way to Columbia University in New York City, where he played football, earned a BA in history and became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He went on to graduate studies in dramatic arts at Yale University.


He has had roles in numerous films including Gorky Park (1983), Silverado (1985), Cocoon (1985), F/X (1986), Presumed Innocent (1990), Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Knight of Cups (2015). Dennehy won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Willy Loman in the television film Death of a Salesman (2000).

During his career, the talented actor won a series of awards and nominations. He most notably took home a Golden Globe, for the Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for his role in Death of a Salesman, and two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play, one for his role in Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 2003 and the other for Death of a Salesman in 1999.

He was also nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards between 1990 and 2005 for playing either an outstanding lead actor or supporting actor.

Dennehy most recently appeared in the NBC crime thriller series The Blacklist, playing the recurring role of Dominic Wilkinson between 2016 and 2019.

Wife & Children

He has been married twice. The first time he married Judith Scheff in 1959. In 1988 Dennehy married Jennifer Arnott. He has five children including actress Elizabeth Dennehy.


Veteran actor Brian Dennehy, who had a career on the screen and the stage of over five decades, died on Wednesday night, April 15. TMZ first reported the actor’s death, stating that law enforcement sources confirmed his passing in Connecticut. He was 81 years old.

TMZ also reported that he died of natural causes, and no autopsy would be conducted. He did not die of COVID-19.


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