Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by butterknucket, Apr 17, 2020.
Versatile US actor Brian Dennehy dies at 81
Yep, RIP. Loved him in Silverado.
From my post on FB:
Brian Dennehy just passed away at 81. I was fortunate to work with him at Stratford in 2011 on Des McAnuff’s production of Twelfth Night. I still remember taking a seat at the table on the first read through; the last empty chair was beside me, and Brian was the last to arrive. He plunked himself down, and offered me his catchers mitt sized hand and a gruff “Hi, I’m Brian”, and off we went. We got to spend quite a lot of time together in rehearsals, and once the show was up and running, we’d hang out under the stage before the overture. Brian was a jazz fan, and even came out to see my groups performing at Molly Bloom’s in Stratford.
As well as getting to work together onstage, I also got to see some remarkable performances by him in Krapp’s Last Tape, Waiting For Godot (both Beckett plays), and The Homecoming (Pinter).
Rest in peace, Brian.
Loved him in First Blood
For some reason the one that comes to mind first is Tommy Boy. He played Farley's Dad. I know, not exactly high art, but I thought he played that part well.
He had a certain something & stood out in his parts, but only took over if he needed to.
Silverado is probably my favourite movie he did.
Condolences to his family & friends.
FX the movie and playing Gacy stand out. There is a great line from an 80’s horror/thriller movie (can’t recall the name) whereby while driving, he picks up a woman in distress and she asks him : “are you weird?” and his casual response; “yeah, I’m weird”
Just in case you haven't realized this, this makes you famous. In my eyes at least. Brian Dennehy was awesome.
When I was a teenager, I worked as a gopher on a movie with Sam Waterston, Donald Pleasance, Shelley Winters, Yvette Mimieux and, the icing on the cake, Vincent Price. This was in Vancouver in 1974 and Alice Cooper (I was 17 - Alice Cooper??? This was HUGE!!) flew up to meet Vincent, as he was a big fan. I remember meeting Alice on the deck of a ship - he had a six pack of Schlitz in his hand and I was taller than he was (which is like looming over Danny De Vito so no biggie - literally). Anyway, in my eyes that made me famous so imagine just where you stand in my pantheon of fame!
Shelley Winters was Marilyn's room mate and best friend, so that counts for something as well.
He was such a great actor. RIP
Sounds like Journey into Fear
We have a winner! Zontar is either the member with the MOST astonishing grasp of Canadian film trivia or a Google Master. Or both!
As I told Zontar offline, Shelley Winters attended a cast and crew party at our house (my dad was involved in the movie in a highly successful attempt to lose all his money; I am attempting the same feat, though through the buying high and selling low of guitars and associated gear). I was a pretty naive 17 year old and all the "adults" were hammered. Shelley asked me to move to LA with her and live in her Hollywood house. I think I said "Huh?". The other party guests laughed uproariously. SW, while once a vixen, had moved beyond that status by the time of the party. Therefore the "Huh?"; I'm taking the position that it was short for "Are you shitting me?"
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