Veteran actor Brian Dennehy has died of natural causes according to his family. He earned Tony Awards for starring in Death of a Salesman in 1999 and Long Day’s Journey into Night in 2003.
After serving in the Marines, he became a professional actor at the age of 38. His breakout film role was as an overzealous sheriff tormenting Sylverster Sallone‘s John Rambo character in First Blood.
He also playe hard-nosed Sheriff Cobb in Silverado:
He also had great comic chops, playing the father in Tommy Boy with Chris Farley:
In 2018 he looked back on his life and career with Daily Actor:
I’m now 80 and I’m just another actor and that’s fine with me. 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. And this business has kind of given it to me so I have no complaints when it comes to that. I have very few complaints anyway. And I know I’m lucky to be in that position but look, I’ll take it.
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