AGENCIES, Washington DC: Veteran American actor Brian Dennehy, known for his roles in Rambo: First Blood, Tommy Boy and To Catch A Killer, died on Wednesday. He was 81.
Dennehy’s daughter, Elizabeth Dennehy, announced the news on Twitter, telling fans that “Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related.”
“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not COVID-related. Larger than life, generous to a fault, a proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends,” she wrote.
According to Vanity Fair, Dennehy, who was born in Connecticut on July 9, 1938, attended Columbia University. He wanted to be an actor. However, his father, a journalist for the Associated Press, thought law was a better choice, writes the Vanity Fair.
After starting off with stage acting, he was seen in Semi-Tough and Foul Play. However, it was in 1982, he had his breakthrough role as the overzealous sheriff, Will Teasle in First Blood with Sylvester Stallone as Rambo. Later, he was seen in films like Split Image, Legal Eagles, F/X: Murder By Illusion and Prophet of Evil (1993). The actor won two Tony Awards for his starring Broadway roles as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman and Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night.