Brian Dennehy

Brian Dennehy

American actor (1938-2020)
Brian Manion Dennehy was an American actor of stage, television, and film. He won two Tony Awards, an Olivier Award, and a Golden Globe, and received six Primetime Emmy Award nominations.Wikipedia
BornJuly 9, 1938
HometownBridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America
Net worth$12 million
Height6'3" (1.90m)
SpouseJennifer Arnott (m 1988 - 2020) , Judith Scheff (m 1959 - 1987)
ChildrenElizabeth Dennehy
ParentsEdward Dennehy , Hannah Dennehy


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Hannibal Lecter without the charm: Brian Cox on becoming ‘truly evil’ in Manhunter

  • How different modern cinema might have been if Hannibal Lecter had sung I Just Called to Say I Love You down the phone. The now-unlikely scenario was almost included in the original Lecter film – Michael Mann’s 1986 thriller, Manhunter – as Hannibal, then played by Brian Cox, calls the FBI profiler who put him behind bars (and Plexiglass). “I had the line ‘I just called’ and when we filmed it I immediately went off doing Stevie Wonder,” recalled Brian Cox in a 2016 interview. “Of course, Michael [Mann] loved this. He thought this was tremendous, Hannibal Lecter singing Stevie Wonder to his arch-nemesis. It was in the film for a while but I think they had problems with rights. Well, I think they had problems with association… the Stevie Wonder people probably didn’t like the idea that I was going to be singing this song with a kind of twisted attitude towards it.” Thirty years since The Silence of the Lambs made Hannibal Lecter a franchise-spinning mass-appeal (and murdering) monster, Manhunter remains an anomaly in the Lecter canon – even without the Stevie Wonder rendition. Based on Thomas Harris’s novel Red Dragon, it’s a vivid, waking nightmare in which the psyches of its three principal characters – FBI profiler Will Graham (William Petersen), serial killer ‘The Tooth Fairy’ (Tom Noonan), and, of course, Hannibal himself – bleed into the world they inhabit. One critic described it as “designer-expressionist”, with its modernist Eighties-ness, thumping synth soundtrack, and palette of stark, psychological states – deep hues superbly created by Italian cinematographer Dante Spinotti. Watched now, Manhunter far exceeds the dismal response it received in 1986. It’s also fascinating in its difference to The Silence of the Lambs and other adaptations of Thomas Harris’s books; most obviously, in the contrast between the two Lecters: the performative villainy of Anthony Hopkins and cold disdain of Brian Cox.


2005Emmy (Primetime)Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieOur FathersNominated
2001Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesArthur Miller's Death of a SalesmanWinner
2001Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture MadeArthur Miller's Death of a SalesmanWinner
2000Emmy (Primetime)Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieArthur Miller's Death of a SalesmanNominated
1993Emmy (Primetime)Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieMurder in the HeartlandNominated