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Brian Dennehy

Birth Place: Bridgeport, CT, USA

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Brian has worked extensively in film, theater, and television for three decades. He has won two Tony Award for Best Actor (Long Day’s Journey Into Night and Death of a Salesman), a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Emmy Award nomination for Showtime’s “Death of a Salesman,” and an Olivier Award for Best Actor for his Willy Loman in London’s West End. Other notable stage work includes Love Letter on Broadway, Inherit the Wind and Translations on Broadway; Hughie at Trinity Repertory; Peter Brook’s The Cherry Orchard at Brooklyn Academy of Music; Trumbo Off-Broadway and on tour; Rat in the Skull; Says I, Says He at The Mark Taper Forum and NY’s Phoenix Theatre; The Exonerated Off-Broadway, on tour and in the Court TV film version directed by Bob Balaban. Dennehy has been associated for two decades with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, where he has starred in numerous leading roles. Dennehy’s extensive film work includes Semi-Tough, Foul Play, Blake Edwards’ 10, First Blood, Cocoon, F/X, Presumed Innocent, Tommy Boy, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet, Gorky Park, Never Cry Wolf, Silverado, Twice in a Lifetime, Best Seller, The Belly of an Architect (Best Actor Chicago Film Festival), Spike Lee’s She Hate Me, Ratatouille and the soon-to-be released 10th & Wolf. On television Dennehy receiving Emmy Award nominations for his performances in “The Burden of Proof,” “Murder in the Heartland,” “To Catch a Killer” and “Killing in a Small Town.” He anchored a successful series of telefilms as Jack Reed for NBC throughout the 1990s, and directed and starred in the “Shadow of a Doubt” and “Indefensible.”


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Brian Dennehy STAGE CREDITS

[Off-Broadway]
New York Premiere Production, 2016
Performer [Replacement]

[Off-Broadway]
Off-Broadway, 2015
Larry Slade

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2014
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2009
Ephraim Cabot

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2007
Matthew Harrison Brady

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 2003
James Tyrone

[Broadway]
Broadway Revival, 1999
Willy Loman

[Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1995
Hugh


Brian Dennehy Movies

Semi-Tough
[ 1977 ] T.J. Lambert
Looking for Mr. Goodbar
[ 1977 ] Surgeon
Foul Play
[ 1978 ] Fergie
10
[ 1979 ] Donald
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days
[ 1979 ] O.C. Hanks
Little Miss Marker
[ 1980 ] Herbie
Split Image
[ 1982 ] Kevin Stetson
Never Cry Wolf
[ 1983 ] Rosie
Gorky Park
[ 1983 ] Det. William Kirwill
The River Rat
[ 1984 ] Doc Cole
Twice in a Lifetime
[ 1985 ] Nick
Silverado
[ 1985 ] Cobb
Cocoon
[ 1985 ] Walter
F/X
[ 1986 ] Leo McCarthy
The Check Is in the Mail...
[ 1986 ] Richard Jackson
Legal Eagles
[ 1986 ] Cavanaugh
Best Seller
[ 1987 ] Dennis Meechum
The Belly of an Architect
[ 1987 ] Stourley Kracklite
Return to Snowy River
[ 1988 ] Harrison
Miles from Home
[ 1988 ] Frank Roberts Sr.
Seven Minutes
[ 1989 ] Wagner
Indio
[ 1989 ] Col. Sam Whitaker
The Last of the Finest
[ 1990 ] Frank Daly
Presumed Innocent
[ 1990 ] Raymond Horgan
F/X2
[ 1991 ] Leo McCarthy
Gladiator
[ 1992 ] Jimmy Horn
The Stars Fell on Henrietta
[ 1995 ] Big Dave McDermot
Tommy Boy
[ 1995 ] Big Tom
Romeo + Juliet
[ 1996 ] Ted Montague
Silicon Towers
[ 1999 ] Tom Warner
Out of the Cold
[ 1999 ] David Bards
Summer Catch
[ 2001 ] John Schiffner
Stolen Summer
[ 2002 ] Father Kelly
She Hate Me
[ 2004 ] Chairman Billy Church
Assault on Precinct 13
[ 2005 ] Sgt. Jasper O'Shea
Everyone's Hero
[ 2006 ] Babe Ruth
10th & Wolf
[ 2006 ] Agent Horvath
The Ultimate Gift
[ 2006 ] Gus
War Eagle, Arkansas
[ 2007 ] Pop
Welcome to Paradise
[ 2007 ] Bobby Brown
Ratatouille
[ 2007 ] Django
Righteous Kill
[ 2008 ] Hingis
Cat City
[ 2008 ] Harold Vogessor
Meet Monica Velour
[ 2010 ] Pop Pop
Every Day
[ 2010 ] Ernie
Alleged
[ 2010 ] Clarence Darrow
The Next Three Days
[ 2010 ] George Brennan
The Big Year
[ 2011 ] Raymond
Twelfth Night
[ 2012 ] Sir Toby Belch
Knight of Cups
[ 2015 ] Joseph
The Seagull
[ 2018 ] Sorin
The Song of Sway Lake
[ 2018 ] Hal Sway
Driveways
[ 2019 ] Del
3 Days with Dad
[ 2019 ] Bob Mills
Son of the South
[ 2020 ] J.O. Zellner

Brian Dennehy TV Shows

Big Shamus, Little Shamus
Arnie Sutter
Just Shoot Me!
Red Finch
The Blacklist
Dominic Wilkinson, Dom

Brian Dennehy Awards and Nominations


winner
Olivier Awards - 2006 - Best Actor

Brian DennehyDeath Of A Salesman


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Actor - Play

Brian Dennehy, Long Day's Journey Into Night


winner
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Brian Dennehy, Long Day's Journey into Night


winner
Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Actor - Play

Brian Dennehy, Death of a Salesman

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Actor in a Play

Brian Dennehy , Death of a Salesman


winner
Tony Awards - 1999 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play

Brian Dennehy, Death of a Salesman

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Video: Murin and Grant Perform 'Jackson' from THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY AND JUNE at La Jolla

Watch Christopher Ryan Grant and Patti Murin as Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash perform 'Jackson' during previews for the world premiere musical The Ballad of Johnny and June at La Jolla Playhouse here!
Video: What it's like playing Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash in The Ballad of Johnny and June

Watch as the cast and creative team of La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere musical, The Ballad of Johnny and June talk about bringing the production to the stage.
Heidi Blickenstaff, Alex Edelman, and More Receive Elliot Norton Awards; Full List

Awards were presented tonight in 37 categories including outstanding actors, directors, designers, choreographers, musicians, productions and 4 visiting productions by the Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) at the 41st Annual Elliot Norton Awards ceremony, held at the Huntington Theatre in Boston.  
Video: Go Inside Rehearsals for La Jolla Playhouse's THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY AND JUNE

Get a first look at rehearsals for La Jolla Playhouse's world-premiere musical The Ballad of Johnny and June, with book by Robert Cary (SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical) and Playhouse Director Emeritus and two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys, The Who’s Tommy), music and lyrics by Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash and others, directed by Des McAnuff.
O'Neill Theater Center Chairman Tom Viertel to Step Down

Tom Viertel, who has been a member of the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center board for nearly three decades and its Chairman since 2000, will step down from his role at the end of the O'Neill's 2024 season in August. Learn more.
Christopher Ryan Grant, Patti Murin & More to Lead THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY AND JUNE Premiere

La Jolla Playhouse has revealed the cast and creative team for its world-premiere musical, The Ballad of Johnny and June. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets.
Heidi Blickenstaff, GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY And More Honored At 41st Annual Elliot Norton Awards

Discover the winners of the 41st Annual Elliot Norton Awards, celebrating excellence in the Boston theater scene. Stay updated with BroadwayWorld's latest news.
International Producer and Industry Pioneer Toby Simkin Passes Away at 59

Simkin is perhaps best known for his work in ushering the theatre industry into the internet age in the 1990s, creating the first online ticketing system.
Aisha Jackson, LaChanze & More to Take Part in 2024 TCG Gala: OUR STORIES

Theatre Communications Group has revealed the performers for the 2024 TCG Gala: Our Stories, which will be held on Monday, March 11, 2024, at The Edison Ballroom. See who is taking part and learn how to purchase tickets.
Review: INHERIT THE WIND at Asolo Reperatory Theater

What did our critic think of INHERIT THE WIND at Asolo Reperatory Theater?
Kristin Caskey Elected as Chair of the Board at The Broadway League

Kristin Caskey, Executive Vice President, Content and Creative at Ambassador Theatre Group, has been elected Chair of the Board of The Broadway League. Learn more about Casey here!
David Rockwell, Brian Anthony Moreland & More to be Honored at Theatre Communications Group Gala

Theatre Communications Group's 2024 TCG Gala: Our Stories will honor ​architect and designer David Rockwell, Broadway producer Brian Anthony Moreland, director Schele Williams, and The Shubert Foundation.
Two World Premiere Musicals & More Set for La Jolla Playhouse 2024/2025 Season

La Jolla Playhouse has unveiled its 2024/2025 season, featuring two world-premiere musicals. Learn more and see how to purchase tickets!
Lynn Nottage to be Honored at Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 22nd Monte Cristo Award Gala

The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center will present the 22nd Monte Cristo Award to award-winning playwright and screenwriter Lynn Nottage. 
The Jeff Awards to Honor Robert Falls With Special Equity Theater Award

Learn more about the upcoming Jeff Awards ceremony where renowned director Robert Falls will be honored with the Special Equity Theater Award. Find out the date and venue for the event and get all the details about this prestigious award and Falls' well-deserved recognition.
Feature: MOBY DICK'S GONE MISSING at The Abbey Theater Of Dublin

Irish playwright Sean Cooney was six or seven years old when the Hollywood Circus came to his hometown of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland.
Stratford Festival Mourns The Loss Of Marti Maraden

Stratford Festival has shared news of the death of Marti Maraden, an artistic director, actor and director of rare skill, as well as a beloved colleague and mentor. She died Thursday, August 31, while visiting family in Sweden, having suddenly fallen ill. She was 78 years old. 
20 SECONDS, Award-Winning Play with Music, to Make New York City Premiere in September

Discover the details of the New York City premiere of '20 Seconds,' an award-winning play with music. Get ready for an unforgettable theatrical experience.
TALES FROM THE GUTTENBERG BIBLE Comes to Bay Street Theater

Bay Street Theater & Sag Harbor Center for the Arts has announced the exciting, new comedy TALES FROM THE GUTTENBERG BIBLE, a sparkling narrative written by and starring film star Steve Guttenberg (star of Diner, Cocoon, Three Men and a Baby and Police Academy franchises), will be the season finale of Bay Street’s 2023 Mainstage Season.
Jeffrey Carlson, Star of TABOO and THE GOAT, Has Passed Away at 48

According to various reports, Jeffrey Carlson, best known for originating the role of Marilyn in TABOO and Billy in Edward Albee's THE GOAT on Broadway, has passed away. He was 48.

Brian Dennehy FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many Broadway shows has Brian Dennehy been in?

Brian Dennehy has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

How many West End shows has Brian Dennehy been in?

Brian Dennehy has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Brian Dennehy been nominated for?

Brian Dennehy has been nominated for the following awards: Best Actor at the Olivier Awards for Death Of A Salesman, Outstanding Actor - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for Long Day's Journey Into Night, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for Long Day's Journey into Night, Outstanding Actor - Play at the Drama Desk Awards for Death of a Salesman, Outstanding Actor in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for Death of a Salesman, and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play at the Tony Awards for Death of a Salesman.

What awards has Brian Dennehy won?

Brian Dennehy has won several awards for his performances in various Broadway shows. He won the Best Actor award at the Olivier Awards for his role in "Death Of A Salesman." Dennehy also received the Outstanding Actor - Play award at the Drama Desk Awards for his performance in "Long Day's Journey Into Night." Additionally, he won the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play award at the Tony Awards for both "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and "Death of a Salesman."

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