Brian Dennehy, Tony and Golden Globe Winning Actor, Dies at 81

He died of natural causes, his family says

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Multiple Tony and Golden Globe winning actor Brian Dennehy passed away in New Haven, Connecticut at the age of 81, according to his representatives.

He died of natural causes says his family who was by his side. Best known for the overzealous Sheriff Will Teasle in “First Blood” (1982) opposite Sylvester Stallone and he went on to have a prolific acting career that included roles in such films as “Gorky Park” (1983), “Silverado” (1985), “Cocoon” (1985), “F/X”(1986), “Presumed Innocent” (1990), “Romeo + Juliet” (1996), and “Knight of Cup (2015). He appeared as the superior officer of Robert De Niro and Al Pacino in the 2008 cop drama “Righteous Kill” and as the father of Russell Crowe in the 2010 suspense film “The Next Three Days.”

In his long and prestigious acting career, Dennehy won two Tony Awards, a Laurence Olivia Award, Golden Globe, SAG Award and received six Primetime Emmy Award nominations and was inducted into American Theatre Hall of Fame.

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