Two time Tony Award winning Brian Dennehy, who was originally from Bridgeport Connecticut, died in New Haven, Connecticut Wednesday Night at the age of 81. 

His death was confirmed on twitter Thursday by his daughter, actress Elizabeth Dennehy, who said “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.”

Denney began his acting career on television in the 1970’s with guest roles on shows like “Kojak,” “MASH,” “Lou Grant,” and “Dallas,” and in 1981 a recurring role on “Dynasty.”

His breakout movie roll was Sheriff Teasle opposite Sylvester Stallone in “First Blood.”  His most notable comedic role was playing Big Tom Callahan in the 1995 film “Tommy Boy” with Chris Farley.  He was in several other notable film roles as well.

He was a very popular stage actor as well and won his first Tony in 1999 in the leading role of Willy Loman in the revival of the Arthur Miller classic, “Death of a Salesman.”  His second Tony was for his role as James Tyrone in the Eugene O’Neill revival “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” in 2003.”  Dennehy also received five Emmy nominations in his career.

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