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Brian Dennehy

Brian Dennehy has won two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play, in 2003 for Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night and in 1999 for the 50th anniversary production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Mr. Dennehy also received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy nomination as best actor for Showtime's television adaptation of that production. Mr. Dennehy starred in Death of a Salesman at the Lyric Theatre, in London's West End in 2005 for which we was awarded a Lawrence Olivier Best Actor statue. He also starred on Broadway in Brian Friel's Translations. At Chicago's Goodman Theatre he appeared in leading roles in Robert Falls' productions of Long Day's Journey Into Night (2002), Death of a Salesman (1998), A Touch of the Poet (1996), The Iceman Cometh (1992), and Galileo (1986). He and Falls collaborated again in 1992 for a remounting of The Iceman Cometh at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Additional theatre credits include Peter Brook's 1988 production of The Cherry Orchard at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Majestic Theater; Wisdom Bridge Theatre's production of Rat in the Skull and Says I, Says He at the Mark Taper Forum and the Phoenix Theatre in New York.

Mr. Dennehy has also starred in numerous television movies and miniseries and was nominated for an Emmy on five other occasions -- for his work in Burden of Proof, To Catch a Killer (The John Wayne Gacy Story), Murder in the Heartland, A Killing in a Small Town, and Our Fathers. However, Mr. Dennehy is perhaps best known for his work in feature films, some of which include Semi-Tough 10, Rambo: First Blood, Gorky Park, Never Cry Wolf, Twice in a Lifetime, Cocoon, Silverado, F/X, Legal Eagles, Best Seller, Presumed Innocent, Tommy Boy, Baz Luhrman's Romeo and Juliet and Peter Greenaway's The Belly of an Architect, for which he received the Chicago Film Festival Award as best actor.

He was recently seen at The Trinity Repertory Theatre and The Goodman Theatre as the title role in Hughie, and can be viewed on screen in the features Assault on Precinct 13 and Tenth & Wolf. Mr. Dennehy toured as Trumbo (the letters of blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo)as well as in The Exonerated, a role he reprised for the Court TV premiere movie event alongside Susan Sarandon and Danny Glover. Mr Dennehy has recently finished the Hallmark Channel miniseries Marco Polo and in the Spring of 2007 will be starring as Mathew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind opposite Christopher Plummer at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Brian Dennehy Facts

BirthdayJuly 9, 1938 (85)
BirthplaceBridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Height6' 2" (1m88)  How tall is Brian Dennehy compared to you?
Awards2001 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a TV Film (for Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman)
2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries (for Death of a Salesman)

Selected Filmography

Jack Reed: One of Our Own
Real American Hero
Knight of Cups
A Father's Revenge
Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance
Evidence of Love
The Ultimate Gift
The Ultimate Legacy
Jack Reed: A Search for Justice
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