Brian Dennehy Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 22 Nov, 2020
Facts of Brian Dennehy
Date of Birth: 1938 , July-9
Date of Death: 2020 , April-15
Age: 83 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 6 Feet 2 Inch
Name Brian Dennehy
Birth Name Brian Manion Dennehy
Father Edward Dennehy
Mother Hannah Manion
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
Profession Actor
Net Worth $12 Million
Married to Jennifer Arnott (July 17, 1988 - April 15, 2020; his death)
Children 5
Divorce Judith Scheff (April 20, 1960 - 1974)
Education Chaminade High School, Columbia University
Awards Golden Globe Award, American Television Award, CableACE Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Tony Award
Movies First Blood, Gorky Park, Silverado, Cocoon, F/X, Presumed Innocent, Romeo + Juliet, and Knight of Cups
TV Show Pearl, A Rumor of War, Dynasty, Star of the Family, Evergreen, Birdland, Nostromo, The Fighting Fitzgeralds, Just Shoot Me!, Public Morals, Hap and Leonard, The Blacklist
Siblings 2
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Brian Dennehy is a deceased American screen and stage actor. A Golden Globe and two-time Tony Award-winner and five-time Emmy Award-nominated actor, Dennehy had close to 190 acting credits. He passed away at the age of 81 in April 2020.

When was Brian Dennehy Born? What was his Height? 

Brian Dennehy was born Brian Manion Dennehy on July 9, 1938, one of three sons to Edward Dennehy, a wire service editor for the Associated Press, and his wife Hannah Manion. He had two brothers, Michael Dennehy and Edward Dennehy. He was billed as standing at 6 feet 2¾ inches (1.9 meters). 

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and raised in Long Island, New York, Dennehy attended Chaminade High School in nearby Mineola, Nassau County. He went on to attend Columbia University under a football scholarship but put his education on hold to enlist in the US Army. When he served a term of five years, Dennehy returned to Columbia to complete his education. He graduated in 1965 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre / Performing Arts. 

Was Married to his Second Wife, Jennifer Arnott, at the time of his Death

At the time of his death, Brian Dennehy was married to an Australian, Jennifer Arnott. They tied the knot on July 17, 1988, and were together for 32 years until the time of his death. They adopted two children together: son Cormack (born in 1993) and Sarah (born in 1995). 

The late Brian Dennehy and his widow, Jennifer Arnott SOURCE: Getty Images

Arnott is his second wife, with his first marriage happening around the time he enlisted with the US Marines. He married his first wife, Judith Scheff, on April 20, 1960, and divorced her in 1974. They had three children together, including daughters Kathleen Dennehy and Elizabeth Dennehy -- both of whom grew up to become actresses.   

When did Brian Dennehy Die? What was the cause of his death?

Brian Dennehy passed away on April 15, 2020, at his home in New Haven, Connecticut at the age of 81. The cause of death is reported as cardiac arrest due to sepsis. He was surrounded by his wife Jennifer and his five children.  

Career and Net Worth 

At the time of his death, Brian Dennehy was believed to possess a net worth of around $12 million. His wealth was amassed over a 55-year acting career.  

Dennehy made his on-screen debut in the mid-'60s and continued working until his death. He was credited with over 185 movies and TV series appearances.  

CAPTION: The late Brian Dennehy in The Blacklist SOURCE: Cinema Blend

Some of his most notable movies include 1982's First Blood, 1983's Gorky Park, 1985's Silverado and Cocoon, 1986's F/X, 1990's Presumed Innocent, 1996's Romeo + Juliet, and 2015's Knight of Cups.

He has also had notable appearances on TV shows like Pearl, A Rumor of War, Dynasty, Star of the Family, Evergreen, Birdland, Nostromo, The Fighting Fitzgeralds, Just Shoot Me!, Public Morals, Hap and Leonard, and The Blacklist