Brian Dennehy dead: How did Brian Dennehy die? Cause of death

On Thursday, April 16, it was announced that American actor Brian Dennehy has died at the age of 81. The news was confirmed in a statement made by his agency, ICM Partners and in a tweet from his daughter Elizabeth. has the information you need to know.

How did Brian Dennehy die?

Brian Dennehy was an American stage, film and television actor from.

He rose to fame in the 1980s, following his role as Sheriff Will Teasle in First Blood, starring opposite Sylvester Stallone.

Dennehy is also well known for his roles in Tommy Boy and Death of a Salesman.

On Thursday, April 16, it was announced that he had sadly died on Wednesday, April 15 of natural causes at his home in New Haven, Connecticut. 

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His daughter Elizabeth confirmed on Twitter that her father had sadly died on Wednesday.

She wrote: “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related.

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 is perhaps best known for his role as Sheriff William “Will” Teasle who pursues Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo in the iconic thriller, First Blood.

He then went on to appear in numerous films, including Rome and Julie, Knight of Cups, Silverado and Gorky Park.

Dennehy landed lead roles in the films, Best Seller and The Belly of an Architect but is better known for his role was Big Tom Callahan in the Chris Farley Spade comedy Tommy Boy. 

Late last year, he starred in two films, Driveways and 3 Days with Dad.

In television, Dennehy had many guest roles but was better known for his roles in television movies, earning him six Emmy Award nominations. 

He was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie for his performance as John Wayne Gacy in To Catch a Killer, and he was nominated that same year in a different category, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie, for The Burden of Proof .

His other Emmy nominations were for his perfomances in A Killing in a Small Town, Murder in the Heartland and Our Fathers.

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More recently, Dennehy appeared in The Blacklist as Dominic Wilkson, the grandfather of Elizabeth Keen (played by Megan Boone).

His other more recent TV credits include Rules of Engagement, 30 Rock and Law and Order.

Dennehy was also well known for his stage career, winning two Tony awards in his career.

He won his first Tony was Best Actor in a Play for his role in Death of Salesman and later winning the same cateroty for his performance as in Long Day’s Jounry Into Night.

Dennehy went on to win a 2001 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or   Television Film for reprising his role as Willy in Death of a Salesman for a TV film adaptation.


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Fellow actors have been taking to Twitter to pay their tributes to the star.

Salvador star  James Woods and close friend tweeted: ” I’m just devastated to hear we lost my beloved friend and colleague, #BrianDennehy. We were partners on two of my favorite films, Split Image and Best Seller. I’ve never laughed so hard as we did every day on the set or off. For a big “tough guy,” he was a sweetheart. #RIPBrian”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton tweeted: ” Was lucky enough to see Brian Dennehy twice on stage, masterful in Love Letters, and monumentally heartbreaking in Death Of A Salesman. A colossus. What a loss.”

Frozen’s Josh Gad tweeted: ” Another day. Another piece of devastating news. For those who never got to see Brian’s towering performance in “Death of A Salesman,” it will go down as one of the crowing performances ever delivered in a stage. #RIPbriandennehy”

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