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Brian Dennehy

Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by butterknucket, Apr 17, 2020.

  1. butterknucket

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  2. davetcan

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    Yep, RIP. Loved him in Silverado.
     
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  3. Merlin

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    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.


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  4. jimsz

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    Loved him in First Blood
     
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  5. Milkman

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    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.
     
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  7. zontar

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    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.
     
  8. Alex

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    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”

    RIP BD
     
  9. Larrivee

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    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!
     
  10. butterknucket

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    Shelley Winters was Marilyn's room mate and best friend, so that counts for something as well.
     
  11. SaucyJack

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    He was such a great actor. RIP
     
  12. zontar

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    Sounds like Journey into Fear
     
  13. Larrivee

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    We have a winner! Zontar is either the member with the MOST astonishing grasp of Canadian film trivia or a Google Master. Or both!
     
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    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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    imdb, actually.
     

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