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Brian Dennehy

Imposing, barrel-chested and now silver-haired Brian Dennehy is a prolific US actor, well respected on both screen and stage for the best part of 25 years. He was born in July 1938 in Bridgeport, CT, and attended Columbia University in New York City on a football scholarship. He majored in history, before moving on to Yale to study dramatic arts. ... See full bio »

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »

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 2017 Dying:101 (pre-production)
Bob Mills
 2017 The Seagull (completed)
 2016-2017 The Blacklist (TV Series)
- Mr. Kaplan (No. 4) (2017) ... Dom
- The Artax Network (No. 41) (2016) ... Dom
 2017 Hap and Leonard (TV Series)
Sheriff Valentine Otis
- No Mo' Mojo (2017) ... Sheriff Valentine Otis
- Pie a la Mojo (2017) ... Sheriff Valentine Otis
- Bad Mojo (2017) ... Sheriff Valentine Otis
- Holy Mojo (2017) ... Sheriff Valentine Otis
- Ticking Mojo (2017) ... Sheriff Valentine Otis
 2015 The Ultimate Legacy (TV Movie)
 2015 Knight of Cups
 2015 Cocked (TV Movie)
 2013 The Big C (TV Series)
- The Finale (2013) ... Dad
 2013 The Challenger Disaster (TV Movie)
 2012 Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Rush - A Disney Pixar Adventures: Snapshot (Video Game)
Django (English version, voice)
 2011 Mystery Files (TV Series)
- Hitler (2011) ... Narrator
 2010 The Next Three Days
George Brennan
 2010 Every Day
 2010 Nolan Knows Best (TV Movie)
Phil Nolan
 2010 Meet Monica Velour
Pop Pop
 2009 Bunker Hill (TV Movie)
Martin Kelsey
 2009 Rules of Engagement (TV Series)
- Dad's Visit (2009) ... Roy
 2008 Righteous Kill
 2008 Cat City
Harold Vogessor
 2008 30 Rock (TV Series)
Mickey J
- Sandwich Day (2008) ... Mickey J
 2007 War Eagle, Arkansas
 2007 Masters of Science Fiction (TV Series)
- The Discarded (2007) ... Bedzyk
 2007 Ratatouille (Video Game)
Django (voice)
 2007 Ratatouille
Django (voice)
 2007 Marco Polo (TV Movie)
Kublai Khan
 2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Judson Tierney
- Scheherazade (2007) ... Judson Tierney
 2006 Everyone's Hero
Babe Ruth (voice)
 2006 The 4400 (TV Series)
Mitch Baldwin
- Blink (2006) ... Mitch Baldwin
 2005 The West Wing (TV Series)
Sen. Rafe Framingham
- Ninety Miles Away (2005) ... Sen. Rafe Framingham
 2005 The Exonerated (TV Movie)
Gary Gauger
 2004 Category 6: Day of Destruction (TV Movie)
Andy Goodman
 2004 She Hate Me
Chairman Billy Church
 1998-2003 Just Shoot Me! (TV Series)
Red Finch
- Pass the Salt (1998) ... Red Finch (uncredited)
 2003 The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (TV Movie)
Tom Stone
 2003 The Agency (TV Series)
James Graydon
- Debbie Does Djakarta (2003) ... James Graydon
 2002 A Season on the Brink (TV Movie)
Bobby Knight
 2002 Stolen Summer
Father Kelly
 2001 Three Blind Mice (TV Movie)
Matthew Hope
 2001 Night Visions (TV Series)
Camper Ben (segment "Quiet Please")
- A View Through the Window/Quiet Please (2001) ... Camper Ben (segment "Quiet Please")
 2001 Warden of Red Rock (TV Movie)
Sheriff Selwyn Church
 2000 Dish Dogs (Video)
 2000 Fail Safe (TV Movie)
Gen. Bogan
 2000 American Experience (TV Series documentary)
- The Duel (2000) ... Burr (voice)
 2000 Death of a Salesman (TV Movie)
Willy Loman
 1999 Silicon Towers
Tom Warner
 1999 Sirens (TV Movie)
Lt. Denby
 1999 Out of the Cold
David Bards
 1999 NetForce (TV Movie)
Lowell Davidson
 1998 Voyage of Terror (TV Movie)
The President
 1998 Thanks of a Grateful Nation (TV Movie)
Sen. Donald Riegle
 1997 Indefensible: The Truth About Edward Brannigan (TV Movie)
Eddie Brannigan
 1996 Undue Influence (TV Movie)
Paul Madriani
 1996 Dead Man's Walk (TV Mini-Series)
Major Chevallier
 1996 A Season in Purgatory (TV Movie)
Gerald Bradley
 1995 Shadow of a Doubt (TV Movie)
Charley Sloan
 1995 The Stars Fell on Henrietta
Big Dave McDermot
 1994 Screen Two (TV Series)
James Boyce
- Midnight Movie (1994) ... James Boyce
 1994 Leave of Absence (TV Movie)
 1994 Birdland (TV Series)
Dr. Brian McKenzie
- Lower Than the Angels (1994) ... Dr. Brian McKenzie
- Grand Delusion (1994) ... Dr. Brian McKenzie
- Plan B (1994) ... Dr. Brian McKenzie
- Crazy for You (1994) ... Dr. Brian McKenzie
 1993 Final Appeal (TV Movie)
Perry Sundquist
 1993 Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story (TV Movie)
Ervil LeBaron
 1993 Foreign Affairs (TV Movie)
Chuck Mumpson
 1993 Murder in the Heartland (TV Mini-Series)
John McArthur
- Episode #1.2 (1993) ... John McArthur
- Episode #1.1 (1993) ... John McArthur
 1992 Deadly Matrimony (TV Movie)
Sergeant John Reed
 1992 Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story (TV Movie)
Jackie Presser
 1992 The Diamond Fleece (TV Movie)
Inspector Outlaw
 1992 Gladiator
Jimmy Horn
 1992 The Burden of Proof (TV Movie)
Dixon Hartnell
 1991 In Broad Daylight (TV Movie)
Len Rowan
 1990 Rising Son (TV Movie)
Gus Robinson
 1990 A Killing in a Small Town (TV Movie)
Ed Reivers
 1990 The Last of the Finest
Frank Daly
 1989 Pride and Extreme Prejudice (TV Movie)
Bruno Morenz
 1989 Perfect Witness (TV Movie)
James Falcon
 1989 Indio
 1989 Day One (TV Movie)
Gen. Leslie Groves
 1988 Cocoon: The Return
Walter - Alien Leader (uncredited)
 1988 Miles from Home
Frank Roberts Sr.
 1988 The Lion of Africa (TV Movie)
Sam Marsh
 1988 A Father's Revenge (TV Movie)
Paul Hobart
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Reverend Billy Bob Proverb
- Amen... Send Money (1987) ... Reverend Billy Bob Proverb
 1987 Best Seller
Dennis Meechum
 1986 Legal Eagles
 1986 The Check Is in the Mail...
Richard Jackson
 1986 Acceptable Risks (TV Movie)
Don Sheppard
 1985 Twice in a Lifetime
 1985 Silverado
 1985 Cocoon
 1985 Evergreen (TV Mini-Series)
Matthew Malone
 1985 The Last Place on Earth (TV Mini-Series)
Frederick Cook
- Rejoice (1985) ... Frederick Cook
 1984 Hunter (TV Series)
Dr. Bolin
- Hunter (1984) ... Dr. Bolin
 1984 Pigs vs. Freaks (TV Movie)
Sergeant Cheever
 1984 Finders Keepers
 1984 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Michael Magruder
- The Bounty Hunter (1984) ... Michael Magruder
 1984 The Ferret (TV Movie)
 1983 Never Cry Wolf
 1983 Blood Feud (TV Movie)
Edward Grady Partin (Hoffa aide and head of Teamsters Local 5, Baton Rouge)
 1983 I Take These Men (TV Movie)
Phil Zakarian
 1982 Split Image
Kevin Stetson
 1981 Darkroom (TV Series)
- Make-Up (1981) ... Roland
 1981 Dynasty (TV Series)
Jake Dunham / Jake
- The Verdict (1981) ... Jake Dunham
- Enter Alexis (1981) ... Jake Dunham
- The Testimony (1981) ... Jake Dunham
- The Beating (1981) ... Jake
 1981 Skokie (TV Movie)
Police Chief Arthur Buchanan
 1981 Fly Away Home (TV Movie)
 1980 Knots Landing (TV Series)
James Cargill
- Chance of a Lifetime (1980) ... James Cargill
 1980 The Seduction of Miss Leona (TV Movie)
Bliss Dawson
 1980 Little Miss Marker
 1980 A Rumor of War (TV Mini-Series)
Sgt. Ned Coleman
- Episode #1.2 (1980) ... Sgt. Ned Coleman
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... Sgt. Ned Coleman
 1979 10
 1979 Dummy (TV Movie)
 1979 The Jericho Mile (TV Movie)
Dr. D
 1979 Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story (TV Movie)
Mr. O'Neil
 1979 Big Shamus, Little Shamus (TV Series)
Arnie Sutter
- Pilot (1979) ... Arnie Sutter
- The Abduction (1979) ... Arnie Sutter
- The Canary (1979) ... Arnie Sutter
 1978 Pearl (TV Mini-Series)
Sgt. Otto Chain
- Part 3 (1978) ... Sgt. Otto Chain
- Part 2 (1978) ... Sgt. Otto Chain
 1978 Foul Play
 1978 Dallas (TV Series)
Luther Frick
 1978 F.I.S.T.
Frank Vasko
 1978 A Death in Canaan (TV Movie)
Barney Parsons
 1978 Ruby and Oswald (TV Movie)
George Paulsen
 1978 The Tony Randall Show (TV Series)
Brian Sr.
- Bobby and Brian (1978) ... Brian Sr.
 1977 Ants! (TV Movie)
Fire Chief
 1977 Semi-Tough
T.J. Lambert
 1977 Looking for Mr. Goodbar
 1977 Lou Grant (TV Series)
- Nazi (1977) ... Wilson
 1977 The Fitzpatricks (TV Series)
Coach Hatfield
- Superman (1977) ... Coach Hatfield
 1977 Lucan (TV Series)
 1977 Bumpers (TV Movie)
Ernie Stapp
 1977 Handle with Care (TV Movie)
Col. Marvin Richardson
 1977 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
M.P. Ernie Connors
- Souvenirs (1977) ... M.P. Ernie Connors
 1977 Lanigan's Rabbi (TV Series)
Burton Tree
- Corpse of the Year (1977) ... Burton Tree
 1977 Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye (TV Movie)
 1977 Serpico (TV Series)
- Sanctuary (1977) ... Jody
 1977 Kojak (TV Series)
Peter Connor
- The Godson (1977) ... Peter Connor
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Stage Play: Inherit the Wind. Drama (revival). Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Associate Director: Mark Schneider. Scenic Design by Santo Loquasto. Directed by Doug Hughes. Lyceum Theatre: 12 Apr 2007- 8 Jul 2007 (100 performances + 27 previews that began on 19 Mar 2007). Cast: Brian Dennehy (as "Matthew Harrison Brady"), ... See more »

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I lied about serving in Vietnam and I'm sorry. I did not mean to take away from the actions and the sacrifices of the ones who did really serve there...I did steal valor. That was very wrong of me. There is no real excuse for that. I was a peace-time Marine, and I got out in 1963 without ever serving in Vietnam... I started the story that I had been in 'Nam, and I got stuck with it. Then I didn't... See more »


On March 14, 1999, three performances of the Broadway production of "Death of a Salesman" had to be canceled because Dennehy had been unable to sleep and didn't feel well. After a check-up in the hospital, he was diagnosed with hypertension. See more »


Playing men of power who in addition to being corrupt, are just plain mean

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