Brian Dennehy (1938 – 2020)


The actor Brian Dennehy, who starred in hits the standouts of the film in the 1980’s, died on Wednesday (15/4) at his home in New Haven, in, USA, of natural causes. The daughter of an actor, ” Elizabeth, posted a statement on Twitter, pointing out that his father’s death was not related to the new coronavirus: Larger-than-life, generous to the very end, a proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will miss his wife, Jennifer, his family and many friends.

Dennehy was 81 years old and has been a marine and a stock broker before you become an actor at a later time, almost 40 of them. Tall, physical and imposing, his face hard, and eventually it became one of the supporting actors could be seen more clearly in the movie theater, after calling attention to the villain in “Rambo: Programmed To Kill” (1982).

The career of the screens began in 1977, in a series of law enforcement such as “Kojak”, “Serpico”, and “Police Woman”. And, although he has figured in the drama “Looking for Mr. Goodbar” (1977), and in a series of comedies – “The contest of the Sexes” (1977), “Beat it Dirty” (1978), “Women’s 10” (1979), and so on. – it only has to stand out, in 1981, as a promoter of hard-nosed against Blake Carrington at the prison in the “Leaders”, in an arc of five episodes.

Everything changed from that of a “Rambo-like”. The role of the Sheriff, Will Teasle, who was pursuing them relentlessly and the character played by Sylvester Stallone, has opened the door to a greater role in the world. On Thursday, Stallone has concluded his review and on Twitter, saying that he was not only a great actor, but a veteran of the war in Vietnam, which has helped me to build up the character of Rambo.”

In spite of the preference for the tough, usually the men of the law, and the generation of interpretations of the famous actor in “the Mystery at the Gorky Park” (1983) and his big hit “F/X: Murder without Death” (1986), “on the Edge-Together” (1986), “The hallmark of Corruption,” (1987), “Revenge of the Infernal enemy” (1990), and “beyond all doubt” (1990), he has also had roles in welcoming the adventure, “Wolves Never Cry” (1983), in the sci-fi “Cocoon” (1985), and in the difficult trial, “The Belly of an Architect” (1987), which marked an epoch.

But the high demand has not been maintained for a very long time. In the 1990s, the Dennehy had a higher profile in a number of television drama, which began with “In the web of Corruption” (1992) as detective Jack Reed, real character of the police force of Chicago. During this period, the appearances are infrequent in the movie were small roles in the comedy “the Mong and Lois” (1995) and “Romeo + Juliet” (1996) starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

In the meantime, he has dedicated himself to the theater, and it came to winning the Tony for the play “Death of a Salesman” in 1999. A year later, it won the Golden Globe for the same role in a television adaptation of the 2000’s. And came back to win the main trophy of the stages in the u.s. in 2003, “A Long Journey Into the Night”.

The return to the archetype of the tough police officer only took place in 2005 in the remake of “Assault on 13 Precinct”, alongside Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne and Gabriel Byrne, and it even earned her The “the Two Faces of Law’, (2008), starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.

In spite of its links with the united states “72 Hours” (2010) with Russell Crowe, in the last part of his career he was much more calm. Among the highlights are the voice acting on the animated movie “Ratatouille” (2007), Disney/Pixar, the drama, the relationship, “Knight of Cups” (2015), directed by Terrence Mallick, in the adaptation of “The Seagull” (by 2018), with Annette bening’s hairstyles, and Saoirse Ronan, and a number of films and religious.

On the other hand, Dennehy has also starred in the heavy-teledrama “Behind the Faith” (2005), which earned him a nomination for the Emmy award for the live with father Dominic Spagnolia, was involved in the scandal of pedophilia in the Boston area.

His retirement from the screens, it came to pass in the series, “The Blacklist” (the Blacklist), in which he lived, the grandfather of the main protagonist, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), between 2016 and 2019.