Brian Dennehy Biography

Date of Birth: July 09, 1938 (79)
Birth Place: Bridgeport, CT, USA
Gender: Male

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.”

Brian Dennehy Awards and Nominations

(winners are in red)

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
Tony Awards - 2003 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Brian Dennehy, Long Day's Journey into Night
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
Tony Awards - 1999 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play
Brian Dennehy, Death of a Salesman