Classic American actor Brian Dennehy dies, aged 81

Prolific American stage and screen actor Brian Dennehy has passed away from natural causes, aged 81.

The news was announced by his daughter Elizabeth Dennehy on Tuesday via Twitter.

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Veteran American stage and screen actor Brian Dennehy best known for his roles in Tommy Boy and First Blood has passed away due to natural causes.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not COVID-related,” Dennehy described. “Larger than life, generous to a fault, a proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends.” 

Dennehy’s career spanned more than 40 years across film, television, and theatre. He won a Golden Globe for his performance in the television film adaptation of Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman and was widely known for his role in the 1995 comedy, Tommy Boy. 

He also appeared in the likes of the 2003’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night and 1982’s First Blood, as well as playing John Wayne Gacy in 1992’s To Catch A Killer, and Ted Montague in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 Romeo + Juliet

In addition to his 2001 Golden Globe win, Dennehy received six Emmy nominations and won two Tonny awards throughout his long career.