Brian Dennehy

Brian Dennehy

  • Highest Rated: 100% Driveways (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 8% Summer Catch (2001)
  • Birthday: Jul 9, 1938
  • Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA
  • After majoring in history at Columbia University, brawny Brian Dennehy (born July 9, 1938) took a string of odd jobs to pay his way through Yale Drama School, and to afford private acting lessons. His first professional break came with the Broadway production Streamers. In films and TV from 1977, Dennehy is a most versatile actor, at home playing Western baddies (Silverado), ulcerated big-city cops (F/X), serial killers (John Wayne Gacy in the made-for-TV To Catch a Killer), by-the-book military types (General Groves in Day One, another TV movie), and vacillating politicos (Presumed Innocent). One of his most rewarding film assignments was as dying architectural genius Stourley Kracklite in Peter Greenaway's The Belly of an Architect (1987).In addition to his many TV-movie roles (one of which, good-old-boy Chuck Munson in 1993's Foreign Affairs, won him a Cable Ace Award), Dennehy has starred in the weekly series Big Shamus, Little Shamus (1977), Star of the Family (1981), and Birdland (1994), as well as the sporadically produced Jack Reed feature-length mysteries. It was in one of the last-mentioned projects, Jack Reed: A Search for Justice (1994), that Dennehy made his directorial debut. Aside from his work in film and television, Dennehy has also had considerable success on the stage, particularly with his Tony-winning portrayal of Willy Loman in the 1998 Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman.The actor continued to show his range in the 1995 comedy Tommy Boy (starring David Spade and the late comedian Chris Farley), in which he became well known for his role as Big Tom Callahan, and for a voice role in Ratatouille (2007) as Django, the father of rat and aspiring chef Remy.Dennehy joined Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino in Righteous Kill, a 2008 police drama, and worked alongisde Russell Crowe in the 2010 suspense film The Next Three Days. In 2011, Dennehy played the pivotal role of Clarence Darrow in Alleged, a romantic drama set during the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

62% 3 Days with Dad (Life Support) Bob Mills 2019
100% Driveways Del 2019
42% The Song of Sway Lake Hal Sway 2018
67% The Seagull Sorin 2018
No Score Yet A Very Merry Toy Store - Director's Cut Joe Haggarty 2017
No Score Yet A Very Merry Toy Store Joe Haggarty 2017
47% Knight of Cups Joseph $0.4M 2016
No Score Yet The Ultimate Legacy Gus 2015
92% The Challenger Disaster Actor 2013
No Score Yet Twelfth Night Actor 2012
41% The Big Year Raymond $7.2M 2011
48% Meet Monica Velour Pop Pop $32.1K 2011
34% Every Day Ernie $10.4K 2011
51% The Next Three Days George Brennan $21.2M 2010
No Score Yet Alleged Clarence Darrow 2010
No Score Yet War Eagle, Arkansas Pop 2009
No Score Yet Love And Valor: The Intimate CIVIL War Letters Narrator 2009
18% Righteous Kill Lt. Hingus $40M 2008
No Score Yet Cat City Actor 2008
No Score Yet Welcome to Paradise Bobby Brown 2007
83% Trumbo Actor $28.6K 2007
96% Ratatouille Django $112.5M 2007
No Score Yet Masters of Science Fiction Bedzyk 2007
32% The Ultimate Gift Gus $3.5M 2006
42% Everyone's Hero Babe Ruth $14.5M 2006
19% 10th & Wolf Horvath 2006
No Score Yet Our Fathers Father Dominic Spagnolia 2005
No Score Yet The Exonerated Gary Gauger 2005
59% Assault on Precinct 13 Jasper O'Shea $20M 2005
No Score Yet Category 6: Day of Destruction Andy Goodman 2004
19% She Hate Me Chairman Church $81.9K 2004
No Score Yet Gunfighters Actor 2004
No Score Yet Gunfighters of the West Actor 2004
No Score Yet American Valor Actor 2003
No Score Yet Tennessee Williams' The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Tom 2003
No Score Yet The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron Jack Blue 2003
36% Stolen Summer Father Kelly $0.2M 2002
No Score Yet A Season on the Brink Bobby Knight 2002
No Score Yet Allies at War Narrator 2002
No Score Yet Making the Misfits Narrator 2002
No Score Yet Three Blind Mice Matthew Hope Executive Producer 2001
8% Summer Catch Coach John Schiffner $19.1M 2001
No Score Yet Bailando con el Alma David Bards 2001
No Score Yet Allies at War Actor 2001
No Score Yet Warden of Red Rock Sheriff Selwyn Church Executive Producer 2001
No Score Yet Founding Fathers Actor 2000
No Score Yet Dish Dogs Frost 2000
No Score Yet Silicon Towers Tom Warner 2000
100% Fail Safe Gen. Bogan 2000
No Score Yet Gunfighters of the West Narrator 1999
No Score Yet Tom Clancy's 'Netforce' Lowell Davidson 1999
No Score Yet Sirens Lieutenant Denby 1999
No Score Yet Gunfighters of the West Narrator 1999
No Score Yet Voyage of Terror (Die Schreckensfahrt der Orion Star)(The Fourth Horseman) President of the United States 1998
No Score Yet Gunfighters of the West Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Jack Reed: Death and Vengeance Jack Reed Deputy Sheriff Jack Reed Executive Producer Director Screenwriter 1996
72% Romeo + Juliet Ted Montague 1996
No Score Yet Larry McMurtry's 'Dead Man's Walk' Major Chevallier 1996
No Score Yet Jack Reed: One of Our Own Director Actor 1996
No Score Yet Undue Influence Paul Madriani 1996
No Score Yet Shadow of a Doubt Charley Sloan Director 1995
50% The Stars Fell on Henrietta Big Dave 1995
42% Tommy Boy Big Tom 1995
No Score Yet Jack Reed: A Search for Justice Jack Reed Screenwriter Director 1994
No Score Yet Jack Reed: Badge of Honor Sgt. Jack Reed 1993
No Score Yet Final Appeal Perry Sundquist 1993
No Score Yet Foreign Affairs Chuck Mumpson 1993
No Score Yet Prophet of Evil: The Ervil LeBaron Story Ervil LeBaron 1993
No Score Yet Murder in the Heartland John McArthur 1993
No Score Yet Teamster Boss: The Jackie Presser Story Jackie Presser 1992
No Score Yet To Catch a Killer John Wayne Gacy 1992
No Score Yet The Burden of Proof Dixon Hartnell 1992
31% Gladiator Horn 1992
No Score Yet Deadly Matrimony Sgt. John Reed 1992
No Score Yet The Diamond Fleece Outlaw 1992
38% F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion Leo McCarthy 1991
No Score Yet In Broad Daylight Len Rowan 1991
No Score Yet National Geographic Actor 1991
87% Presumed Innocent Raymond Horgan 1990
No Score Yet The Last Of The Finest Frank 1990
No Score Yet Rising Son Gus Robinson 1990
No Score Yet Perfect Witness Falcon 1989
No Score Yet Georg Elser - Einer aus Deutschland Wagner 1989
No Score Yet Day One Gen. Leslie Groves 1989
No Score Yet Indio Actor 1989
33% Cocoon: The Return Actor 1988
60% Miles from Home Frank Roberts Sr. 1988
No Score Yet Return to Snowy River Harrison 1988
No Score Yet A Father's Revenge Paul Hobart 1988
71% Best Seller Dennis Meechum 1987
91% The Belly of an Architect Stourley Kracklite 1987
No Score Yet Lion of Africa Sam Marsh 1987
100% Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam Actor 1987
47% Legal Eagles Cavanaugh 1986
No Score Yet The Check Is in the Mail... Richard Jackson 1986
No Score Yet Acceptable Risks Don Sheppard 1986
88% F/X Leo McCarthy 1986
83% Twice in a Lifetime Nick 1985
77% Cocoon Walter 1985
76% Silverado Cobb $33.3M 1985
No Score Yet Finders Keepers Mayor Frizzoli 1984
No Score Yet The River Rat Doc 1984
78% Gorky Park William Kirwill 1983
No Score Yet Joyce to the World Actor 1983
100% Never Cry Wolf Rosie 1983
No Score Yet I Take These Men Actor 1983
No Score Yet Split Image Kevin 1982
87% First Blood Teasle 1982
No Score Yet Skokie Police Chief 1981
No Score Yet Little Miss Marker Herbie 1980
No Score Yet A Rumor of War Coleman 1980
No Score Yet To Love Again Actor 1980
68% 10 Bartender 1979
40% Butch and Sundance: The Early Days O.C. Hanks 1979
No Score Yet Dummy Ragoti 1979
No Score Yet The Jericho Mile Dr. D 1979
No Score Yet Silent Victory: The Kitty O'Neil Story Actor 1979
72% Foul Play Fergie 1978
73% F.I.S.T. Frank Vasko 1978
No Score Yet Ruby and Oswald Actor 1978
No Score Yet An American Hero Buford Pusser 1978
No Score Yet Panic at Lake Wood Manor Fire Chief 1977
88% Semi-Tough T.J. Lambert 1977
71% Looking for Mr. Goodbar Actor 1977
No Score Yet Ants Actor 1977
No Score Yet Lost Road of the Popes: Via Papale Actor

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Blindspot
2015
Dom Wilkinson
  • 2019
91% The Blacklist
2013
Dom Wilkinson
  • 2019
94% Hap & Leonard
2016-2018
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
33% Cocked
2015
Wade Wade Paxson
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
55% The Big C
2010-2013
Father
  • 2013
94% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Bucky Stabler
  • 2012
No Score Yet Rules of Engagement
2007-2013
Roy Bingham
  • 2009
85% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Mickey J
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Judson Tierney
  • 2007
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
Sen. Rafe Framhagen
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Agency
2001-2003
James Benjamin Graydon
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Just Shoot Me
1997-2003
Red Red Finch
  • 2003
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Night Visions
2001-2002
Camper Ben
  • 2001
36% The Fighting Fitzgeralds
2001
Executive Producer Mr. Fitzgerald
  • 2001
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice Burr
  • 2000
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Reverend Proverb
  • 1987
No Score Yet Dallas
1978-1991
Frick
  • 1978
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Peter O'Connor
  • 1977
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
MP Connors
  • 1977
50% Birdland
1994
Dr. Brian McKenzie

QUOTES FROM Brian Dennehy CHARACTERS

Walter
I spent five years in the Nam! Wait! No I didn't. But wait! I did! No, I didn't...
Walter
I spent five years in the Nam! Wait! No I didn't. But wait! I did! No, I didn't.
Big Tom
I once visited a prostitute during the war, and my life has been a living hell ever since!
Big Tom
10 whisky sours and still sell the sob damn im good
Big Tom
Eight whisky sours and I still sell the son of a bitch. Damn I'm good.
Teasle
They found Rambo's body. As a matter of fact, it stole an army truck. Blew up a gas station the other side of town.
Trautman
The kid is resiliant.
Teasle
Whatever possessed God in heaven to make a man like Rambo?
Trautman
God didn't make Rambo. I made him!
Django
This is the way things are. You can't change nature.
Remy
Change *is* nature, Dad. The part that *we* can influence. And it starts when we decide.
Big Tom
Tell you what, I can get a good look at a T-bone by sticking my head up a bull's ass but I'd rather take the butcher's word for it.
Teasle
He was just another drifter who broke the law!
Trautman
Vagrancy wasn't it? That's gonna look real good on his grave stone in Arlington: Here lies John Rambo, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, survivor of countless incursions behind enemy lines. Killed for vagrancy in Jerkwater, USA.
Teasle
Now don't give me any of that crap Trautman. Do you think Rambo was the only guy who had a tough time in Vietnam? He killed a police officer for Christ's sake!
Trautman
You're goddamn lucky he didn't kill all of you.
Teasle
It's over Johnny.
John Rambo
Nothing is over!
Martin Harris
"You quit school. You quit work."
Martin Harris
You quit school. You quit work.
Martin Harris
"You bought me drinks and got what you wanted."
Martin Harris
You bought me drinks and got what you wanted.
Trautman
You want a war you canâ??t win?
Trautman
You want a war you can't win?
Teasle
Are you telling me that 200 men against your boy is a no-win situation for us?
Trautman
You send that many, donâ??t forget one thing.
Trautman
You send that many, don't forget one thing.
Teasle
What?
Trautman
A good supply of body bags.
Carol
Did you just do a victory dance?
Martin Harris
No, haha. Maybe... Yes I did.
Martin Harris
No. [laughs] Maybe. Yes I did.
Teasle
Whatever possessed God in heaven to make a man like Rambo.
Trautman
God didn't make Rambo.I made him.
Trautman
God didn't make Rambo. I made him.