Legendary Actor Brian Dennehy Passes Away At 81

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This past month, the world had lost an enormous talent and soul when Hollywood legend Brian Dennehy passed away. Throughout his career, the actor starred in dozens of iconic movies and TV shows. Dennehy’s legacy and memory will live on forever…

RIP Brian Dennehy

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Brian Dennehy, the iconic actor, had passed away at home, at the age of 81, due to a cardiac arrest on April 15, 2020. Dennehy’s daughter, actress Elizabeth Dennehy, shared the news of her father and mourned his death on Twitter. “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related,” she tweeted. “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.”

Dennehy is survived by his wife, Jeniffer Arnott, his four daughters, and a son. Of course, the actor also leaves behind an incredible legacy…

An Incredible Legacy

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Brian Dennehy’s career began in the ’70s after he served in the US Marine Corps (1958-1963). At first, he earned bit parts in movies like Semi-Tough and Foul Play, alongside Chevy Chase. However, Dennehy’s first major came along in 1982 in First Blood, the first film in Slyvester Stallone’s Rambo series. Throughout the ’80s, Dennehy continued to star in hit after hit, like Split Image (1982), Legal Eagles (1986), and F/X: Murder By Illusion (1986). Even though he was known for his more dramatic roles, the late Hollywood star also starred the massive hit comedy Tommy Boy, with Chris Farley, seen above.

Even in his older years, the actor showed no signs of slowing down. Younger audiences might recognize his voice from the Pixar’s animated Ratatouille, where Dennehy voiced the character of Django. Dennehy also took his talents to the small screen, in everything from Miami Vice to Blacklist, earning four Emmys along the way.

“I’m now 80, and I’m just another actor, and that’s fine with me,” Dennehy said in an interview, just a year before his death. “I’ve had a hell of a ride. I have a nice house. I haven’t got a palace, a mansion, but a pretty nice, comfortable home. I’ve raised a bunch of kids and sent them all to school, and they’re all doing well. All the people that are close to me are reasonably healthy and happy. Listen, that’s as much as anybody can hope for in life.”

The Stars’ Tribute

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Upon hearing of the death of this legendary star, many celebrities took to Twitter to mourn his passing. Mia Farrow tweeted, “Just devastated to learn that the magnificent Brian Dennehy has died. They is no one I enjoyed working with more. And there are few friends as valued in my life. I took this photo backstage when we were in ‘Love Letters.’ He loved my pup Bowie.”

Meanwhile, former co-star Sylvester Stallone shared, “The great actor Brian Dennehy has passed away. He simply was a great actor … He also was a Vietnam vet that helped me very much building the character of RAMBO. The world has lost a great artist.”

Sources: CNN, Twenty-Two Words.