Brian Dennehy died at the age of 81.
Elizabeth wrote: “With a heavy heart we announce that our father, Brian died last night of natural causes, not something related to Covid.
“Bigger than life, generous for mistakes, proud and filial father and grandfather, he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends.
Dennehy has a famous career in the entertainment world that lasts for five decades.
He made a name for himself in the 70s starring in a series of famous TV shows including Kojak, M * A * S * H, Lou Grant and Dallas.
He is also known for his repeated role from the evil Luther Frick in the US soap dynasty, who tortured Sue Ellen and took Ewings hostage in one episode.
Dennehy then quickly moved to the silver screen. His first major role was as Sherrif Teasle in the 1982 Rambo Sylvester Stallone action that waved First Blood.
He later starred in Cocoon, 1985, Best Seller, 1987, Tommy Boy, 1995, and at the Academy Award was nominated Romeo + Juliet, playing Ted Montague in 1996.
In recent years, Dennehy voiced Django’s character in Ratatouille, 2007, and won the Golden Globe in 2001 for his role in Death of a Salesman.
Dennehy was also awarded the Tony Best Actor Award for the production of the stage of Death of a Salesman and took home the same prestigious award for Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 2003.
He is survived by his wife Jennifer and five children.
After the news was confirmed by Brian’s daughter, many famous faces took to social media to pay tribute.
Star Trek actor William Shatner tweeted: “Condolences to the family of Brian Dennehy. A very talented actor.”
James Woods, who starred Brian in Best Seller and Split Image, wrote: “I am very sad to hear that we have lost my dear friends and colleagues, #BrianDennehy. We are partners on two of my favorite films, Split Image and Best Seller. I have never laughed as hard as we do every day on set or off. For a “tough guy,” he is a lover. #RIPBrian ”
Actress Mia Farrow said she was devastated by the news and revealed that Brian was one of his favorite actors to work with.
“It has just been broken knowing that the great Brian Dennehy has died. There is no one I enjoy working with more. And there are some valued friends in my life,” he tweeted.
Frozen and Broadway stars, Josh Gad, appreciate Brian’s theater talent.
“Another day. A piece of devastating news. For those who have never seen Brian’s towering appearance in” Death of A Salesman, “it will go down as one of the crow shows ever delivered on a stage. #RIPbriandennehy. ”
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