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Brian Dennehy

Highest Rated:   100% Fail Safe (2000)
Lowest Rated:   8% Summer Catch (2001)
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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
No Score Yet The Song of Sway Lake
  • Actor
2017
46% 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
40% 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
$21.1M 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
19% Righteous Kill
  • Lt. Hingus
$40M 2008
No Score Yet Cat City
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Welcome to Paradise
  • Bobby Brown
2007
82% 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
41% 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
60% 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 Making the Misfits
  • Narrator
2002
No Score Yet Allies at War
  • 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 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 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
  • Executive Producer
  • Jack ReedDeputy Sheriff Jack Reed
  • 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
44% The Stars Fell on Henrietta
  • Big Dave
1995
44% Tommy Boy
  • Big Tom
1995
No Score Yet Jack Reed: A Search for Justice
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Jack Reed
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
25% Gladiator
  • Horn
1992
No Score Yet Deadly Matrimony
  • Sgt. John Reed
1992
No Score Yet The Diamond Fleece
  • Outlaw
1992
33% 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
86% 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 A Killing in a Small Town
  • Ed Reivers
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
36% Cocoon: The Return
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet 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
86% F/X
  • Leo McCarthy
1986
83% Twice in a Lifetime
  • Nick
1985
80% Cocoon
  • Walter
1985
76% Silverado
  • Cobb
$33.2M 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 To Love Again
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet A Rumor of War
  • Coleman
1980
68% 10
  • Bartender
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
74% Foul Play
  • Fergie
1978
80% F.I.S.T.
  • Frank Vasko
1978
No Score Yet An American Hero
  • Buford Pusser
1978
No Score Yet Ruby and Oswald
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Panic at Lake Wood Manor
  • Fire Chief
1977
88% Semi-Tough
  • T.J. Lambert
1977
76% Looking for Mr. Goodbar
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Ants
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Butch and Sundance: The Early Days
  • O.C. Hanks
1972
No Score Yet Lost Road of the Popes: Via Papale
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
87% Hap and Leonard
2016
  • Actor
  • 2017
33% Cocked
2015
  • Wade Wade Paxson
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
69% The Big C
2010-2013
  • Father
  • 2013
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
  • Bucky Stabler
  • 2012
No Score Yet Rules of Engagement
2007-2013
  • Roy Bingham
  • 2009
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Mickey J
  • 2008
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Judson Tierney
  • 2007
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Sen. Rafe Framhagen
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Voice
  • Burr
  • 2000

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