'Tommy Boy' Actor Brian Dennehy Dead at 81

April 16, 2020

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Veteran actor Brian Dennehy has died at 81, his daughter Elizabeth announced in a tweet on Thursday.

Dennehy passed away on Wednesday night at his home in Connecticut, sources told TMZ.

According to his daughter, the actor died of natural causes.

"It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related," his daughter's tweet read. "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."

The actor's career spanned five decades on film and stage, starting in the '70s with guest roles on TV shows like "Kojak," "M*A*S*H," "Lou Grant" and "Dallas." In the '80s, he landed a recurring role on the popular soap opera "Dynasty," which aired until 1989.

Action fans may remember Dennehy from his breakout role as Sheriff Teasle in Sylvester Stallone's "First Blood."

In addition to films over the next two decades like "Silverado," "Cocoon," "The Belly of an Architect," "Best Seller," "Presumed Innocent" and "Romeo + Juliet," the actor starred as Big Tom Callahan in "Tommy Boy" alongside Chris Farley and David Spade.

In addition to film and TV roles, Dennehy received accolades for his theater work, winning two Tony Awards for best actor for his roles in "Death of a Salesman" and "Long Day's Journey Into Night."

The actor is survived by his wife and 5 children.

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