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Old 04-16-2020, 01:25 PM
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RIP Brian Dennehy.


His family as reported that Brian Denney has died of natural causes not related to COVID-19 at 81

He was in so many things I liked but one movie that I loved that doesn't top any lists was F/X with Bryan Brown.
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Old 04-16-2020, 01:49 PM
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WOW....just yesterday I confused him with Charles Napier (dont ask) and was surprised to see he was alive
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Old 04-16-2020, 01:50 PM
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RIP. Obligatory music link.
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Oh, man...I was wondering why the obit filmographies didn’t mention Tootsie and The Music of Chance, and then I realized I always mix him up with Charles Durning.

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He was in so many things I liked but one movie that I loved that doesn't top any lists was F/X with Bryan Brown.
F/X: The Deadly Art Of Illusion was actually a well-made paranoia-thriller with an atmosphere that harkened back to political thrillers like Seven Days in May or Three Days of the Condor but without the political underpinnings; both Dennehy and Brown were excellent in it. My call for his most underrated role, however, was in Presumed Innocent as District Attorney Ray Horgan.

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I remember him talking about his family and how he was satisfied with a middle tier career as an actor, how he didn't need to go all out in Hollywood. But he was also addressing past alcohol problems, the Hollywood drug problem we don't hear much about. That's about it though, solid actor, kind of similar in acting style to Gene Hackman but he did very well in lighter roles as well. He played the father of David Spade's character on Just Shoot Me, great comedic role for him as a big surly looking teddy bear. Ah well Brian, it's as good a time as any to go now, you wouldn't have missed anything good for a while. Sleep tight.

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For a guy who could so easily have been typecast, I always admired his understated versatility as an actor. He was genuinely warm and sweet as the bartender in 10, yet scared the bejeezus out of me as John Wayne Gacy. As an actor, I liked him a lot. RIP, sir.
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I always admired his understated versatility as an actor.
Seconded.

From the considerate alien in "Cocoon" to the not-so-accommodating sheriff in "First Blood". And even the "maybe good guy" in "Silverado"

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He was able to put forth a perfect blend of charming and menacing in Silverado.
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I feel like I've known him forever, but I can't remember what, exactly, I remember him from.

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I really liked Silverado.
G'bye, Cobb.

One of my favorite character actors. I knew he was getting up there, and I hadn't seen him in years, so I figured I'd be seeing this sooner rather than later.

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His family as reported that Brian Denney has died of natural causes not related to COVID-19 at 81

He was in so many things I liked but one movie that I loved that doesn't top any lists was F/X with Bryan Brown.
RIP Mr. Dennehy; you done good.

I agree that F/X doesn't get the appreciation it deserves.

One of the things I loved about Mr. Dennehy's performances was that he always seemed to just be the person he was portraying. His performances looked effortless, not like acting at all; he was simply being the part.
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I loved F/X and I loved Silverado. In fact, I think I always enjoyed him, wherever he showed up.

I'm sorry to hear that he's passed.
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never mind, already mentioned

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A number of years ago, we saw him with Nathan Lane in The Iceman Cometh in Chicago. The entire show was magnificent. Didn't feel anywhere near 4 hours. The man had range.

*sigh* another legend gone.
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Brian had 183 acting credits, 10 producing credits, 7 directing credits, 5 writing credits--but only one soundtrack credit:
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He was great in Silverado, but I think he was at his best in Best Seller with James Woods.
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Very good actor indeed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAbU...cyHALbl2a9mOQ8
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Something else for the backlog. Thanks.

Gonna have to watch Silverado again, too.
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I think I first spotted him in 10 as the aw-shucks bartender, but he really made an impression on me in Cocoon and F/X. A very talented actor, and he will be missed. He also was, to his credit, a big enough man to apologize for lying about his military service.
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I saw him on stage in London doing Death of a Salesman a few years back. Magnificent performance. Vale.
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I winced a little bit when I saw the headline of one story marking him as the "Tommy Boy" actor. I have to imagine that his spirit might've winced a little bit, too.
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I winced a little bit when I saw the headline of one story marking him as the "Tommy Boy" actor. I have to imagine that his spirit might've winced a little bit, too.
To be fair, he was perfect in that role. The whole point is that we spend the rest of the movie watching his son try to follow in Dadís footsteps, and mostly fall short; and that only works if we first see a genial Brian Dennehy completely in his element, talking like a small-town mayor at the bank before shooting the breeze with the guys on his factory floor before amiably closing a deal that plenty of people are counting on, and all by constantly thinking in terms of quality products that save lives.

I canít readily think of anyone who couldíve fielded that better.
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I had missed this, until Blacklist did an in memoriam card for with their season finale.
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The link in post #3 isn't the one that occurs to me in respect to Brian Dennehy but rather this one (at 1:08):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNJmfuEWR8w
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The link in post #3 isn't the one that occurs to me in respect to Brian Dennehy but rather this one (at 1:08):

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