Brian Dennehy

Brian Mannion Dennehy ( born July 9, 1938 in Bridgeport, Connecticut ) is an American actor. The strong character actor was seen mainly in the 1980s in several popular films, later often profiled in supporting roles.

Life and work

Brian Dennehy studied at Columbia University in New York City. He made his debut in 1977 in a supporting role in the film Looking for Mr. Goodbar. In the thriller Gorky Park by Michael Apted from the year 1983, he starred opposite William Hurt and Lee Marvin and 1986 in F / X - Murder by Illusion beside Bryan Brown one of the main roles. For his participation in Peter Greenaway's artistically ambitious film The Belly of an Architect, where in 1987 he played the lead role of the doomed architects Stourley cracking Lite, he received much critical acclaim and moved as an actor in the public consciousness. Roger Ebert praised him in 1989 for his performance in the film Presumed Innocent, in which he appeared opposite Harrison Ford.

Dennehy is also a renowned stage actor. He made his Broadway debut in 1995 in Brian Friel's play language disorders ( Translations ). In 2005, Dennehy appeared in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman at the Lyric Theatre in London in the lead role to which he received a Laurence Olivier Award. In 2003, he starred in a production of Goodman Theatre Company in Chicago in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night, the role of James Tyrone. For these two appearances he won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role ( Best Lead Actor in a Play).

In 2007, he stepped to the side of Christopher Plummer on Broadway in the play Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. In 2008 he was at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada in the end good to see all is well as in Samuel Beckett 's Last Tape and Eugene O'Neill's Hughie. From 14 April 2009 Dennehy was in New York in a three-month engagement at the ST. JAMES THEATRE seen in O'Neill's Desire Under the palm trees.

Dennehy married in 1959 Judith Scheff, with whom he has three children. The marriage was divorced in 1974. In 1988 he married Jennifer Arnott. His daughter Elizabeth Dennehy is also an actress.

Filmography ( excerpt)


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Theatre (excerpt)