The acclaimed actor, known for his iconic roles in 1982's 'First Blood,' 1985's 'Cocoon' and 1995's 'Tommy Boy,' has died, his family shared Thursday.
The 81-year-old passed away Wednesday night in New Haven, Connecticut of natural causes, his daughter Elizabeth Dennehy shared. Describing his as "larger than life" and "generous to a fault," she tweeted "he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends."
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. pic.twitter.com/ILyrGpLnc3— Elizabeth Dennehy (@dennehyeliza) April 16, 2020
The burly actor played versatile roles both onstage and onscreen, rewarded with a Tony for his role in "Death of a Salesman" as well as a second Tony for "Long Day's Journey Into Night."
With the news of his death, Hollywood stars took to social to pay tribute to the irreplaceable actor.
William Shatner was one of the first to share his respects on Twitter, writing, "Condolences to the family of Brian Dennehy. A wonderfully talented actor."
Condolences to the family of Brian Dennehy. 😞 A wonderfully talented actor.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 16, 2020
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I'm so sorry you lost your wonderful father and I hope all of your memories will sustain you and see you through this most difficult time. The world loved him too. 💔— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) April 16, 2020
I’m just devastated to hear we lost my beloved friend and colleague, #BrianDennehy. We were partners on two of my favorite films, Split Image and Best Seller. I’ve never laughed so hard as we did every day on the set or off. For a big “tough guy,” he was a sweetheart. #RIPBrian pic.twitter.com/EjsxMvqlxw— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 16, 2020