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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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New York Premiere Production, 2016
Performer [Replacement]

Off-Broadway, 2015
Larry Slade

Broadway Revival, 2014
Andrew Makepeace Ladd III

Broadway Revival, 2009
Ephraim Cabot

Broadway Revival, 2007
Matthew Harrison Brady

Broadway Revival, 2003
James Tyrone

Broadway Revival, 1999
Willy Loman

Original Broadway Production, 1995

Brian Dennehy Movies

[1977]Semi-Tough T.J. Lambert

[1977]Looking for Mr. Goodbar Surgeon

[1978]Foul Play Fergie

[1979]10 Donald

[1979]Butch and Sundance: The Early Days O.C. Hanks

[1980]Little Miss Marker Herbie

[1982]Split Image Kevin Stetson

[1983]Never Cry Wolf Rosie

[1983]Gorky Park Det. William Kirwill

[1984]The River Rat Doc Cole

[1985]Twice in a Lifetime Nick

[1985]Silverado Cobb

[1985]Cocoon Walter

[1986]F/X Leo McCarthy

[1986]The Check Is in the Mail... Richard Jackson

[1986]Legal Eagles Cavanaugh

[1987]Best Seller Dennis Meechum

[1987]The Belly of an Architect Stourley Kracklite

[1988]Return to Snowy River Harrison

[1988]Miles from Home Frank Roberts Sr.

[1989]Seven Minutes Wagner

[1989]Indio Col. Sam Whitaker

[1990]The Last of the Finest Frank Daly

[1990]Presumed Innocent Raymond Horgan

[1991]F/X2 Leo McCarthy

[1992]Gladiator Jimmy Horn

[1995]The Stars Fell on Henrietta Big Dave McDermot

[1995]Tommy Boy Big Tom

[1996]Romeo + Juliet Ted Montague

[1999]Silicon Towers Tom Warner

[1999]Out of the Cold David Bards

[2001]Summer Catch John Schiffner

[2002]Stolen Summer Father Kelly

[2004]She Hate Me Chairman Billy Church

[2005]Assault on Precinct 13 Sgt. Jasper O'Shea

[2006]Everyone's Hero Babe Ruth

[2006]10th & Wolf Agent Horvath

[2006]The Ultimate Gift Gus

[2007]War Eagle, Arkansas Pop

[2007]Welcome to Paradise Bobby Brown

[2007]Ratatouille Django

[2008]Righteous Kill Hingis

[2008]Cat City Harold Vogessor

[2010]Meet Monica Velour Pop Pop

[2010]Every Day Ernie

[2010]Alleged Clarence Darrow

[2010]The Next Three Days George Brennan

[2011]The Big Year Raymond

[2012]Twelfth Night Sir Toby Belch

[2015]Knight of Cups Joseph

[2018]The Seagull Sorin

[2018]The Song of Sway Lake Hal Sway

[2019]Driveways Del

[2019]3 Days with Dad Bob Mills

[2020]Son of the South 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

Olivier Awards - 2006 - Best Actor

Brian DennehyDeath Of A Salesman

Drama Desk Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Actor - Play

Brian Dennehy, Long Day's Journey Into Night

Drama Desk Awards - 1999 - Outstanding Actor - Play

Brian Dennehy, Death of a Salesman

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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.


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.

THE MISER Featuring Colm Feore Now Available on Stratfest@Home

The Miser starring Colm Feore is now available on the Stratford Festival’s streaming platform, Stratfest@Home.

New Michael Friedman Musical ESSENTIAL ALICE to Have Staged Reading at South Carolina New Play Festival

The South Carolina New Play Festival will present a posthumous staged reading of “Essential Alice” with music and lyrics by the late Michael Friedman and book by Annie Weissman. See how to purchase tickets!

Calliope Signs Exclusive Management Deal With Rick Eberle At Magnetic Vine

Beautifully voiced rising star Calliope has signed an exclusive management deal with New York based Magnetic Vine.

Bay Street Postpones MASTER CLASS and Will Instead Present TALES FROM THE GUTTENBERG BIBLE

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, will be the season finale of Bay Street's 2023 Mainstage Season, following the postponement of Terrence McNally's Master Class.

A.R. Gurney's LOVE LETTERS to Open at Spotlight Repertory Theatre Company This Month

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Spotlight Repertory Theatre Company will present a special engagement of A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters, directed by Mimi McMann and starring Renée Rogers & Steve Witting and Mary Lee Marson Aloia & Jacques Stewart. 

Theatre Communications Group Raises $300,000 at Gala Honoring Samuel L. Jackson & LaTanya Richardson Jackson

At Monday night’s 2023 TCG Gala: Our Stories, Theatre Communications Group raised over $300,000. The Gala honored Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson, with an award presented by Vanessa Williams.

Lillias White, Alex Newell & Sidney DuPont to Perform at 2023 TCG Gala

Lillias White, Alex Newell and Sidney DuPont will perform at 2023 TCG Gala: Our Stories, which will be held on Monday, January 9, 2023, at The Edison Ballroom.

Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson to be Honored at Theatre Communications Group 2023 Gala

Theatre Communications Group has announced that the 2023 TCG Gala: Our Stories will be held on Monday, January 9, 2023, at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. The Gala will honor Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson Jackson and will include festive performances, inspiring speakers, and a celebratory dinner.

Interview: Finn Wittrock Envisions The Apparition That 2:22 - A GHOST STORY Is A Multitude Of Opportunities

Playwright Danny Robins’ 2:22 – A Ghost Story will have its U.S. premiere November 4, 2022 (with previews starting October 29th) at the Center Theater Group’s Ahmanson. Matthew Dunster directs the cast of four: Constance Wu, Anna Camp, Adam Rothenberg, and Finn Wittrock.  I persuaded  Finn to chat about 2:22, as well as reminisce on some of his career highlights.

DEATH OF A SALESMAN Comes to FIM Flint Repertory Theatre This Month

Willy Loman is coming to Flint in September! He'll be played by two-time Tony Award-nominee Lewis J. Stadlen at the FIM Flint Repertory Theatre Sept. 23 – Oct. 9. This is the opening of Flint Rep's season and another event in FIM's ongoing September Spectacular to celebrate its new season and new, unified brand.

Cast Announced for World Premiere of Rebecca Gilman's SWING STATE at Goodman Theatre

Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Rebecca Gilman will mark her 10th production at Goodman Theatre, her longtime creative home, with Swing State—directed by Tony Award-winner Robert Falls in their 6th collaboration over 35 years. Swing State appears October 7 – November 13 in the 350-seat flexible Owen Theatre.

Molière's THE MISER is Now on Stage in Stratford

Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino directs Colm Feore in the title role of Molière's delightful satire, The Miser, beginning previews in the Festival Theatre on Tuesday, August 9, in the year of Molière's 400th birthday.

The Boston Theater Critics Association Announces The 39th Elliot Norton Award Winners

Awards were announced tonight for more than two dozen outstanding actors, directors, designers, ensembles and productions by the Boston Theater Critics Association at The 39th Elliot Norton Awards. 

Kevin Anderson, Ben Gulley & Alanis Sophia to Star in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Skylight Music Theatre

Skylight Music Theatre announced the full cast for the Wisconsin premiere of Dennis DeYoung’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, running May 20 through June 12, 2022. Performances take place in the beautiful Cabot Theatre at the Broadway Theatre Center, 158 N. Broadway, in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.


Brian Dennehy has appeared on Broadway in 6 shows.

Brian Dennehy has not appeared in the West End

Best Actor (Olivier Awards) for Death Of A Salesman , Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Long Day's Journey Into Night , Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Long Day's Journey into Night , Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Death of a Salesman Outstanding Actor in a Play (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Death of a Salesman and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Death of a Salesman .

Best Actor (Olivier Awards) for Death Of A Salesman, Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Long Day's Journey Into Night, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Long Day's Journey into Night Outstanding Actor - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Death of a Salesmanand Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Death of a Salesman.

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