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.

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Meet Monica Velour
R
1h 37min
1975
Master Maggie
Master Maggie
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2019
Alleged
Alleged
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2010
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Cat City
R
1h 30min
2009
Welcome to Paradise
Welcome to Paradise
PG
1h 45min
2007
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The Stars Fell on Henrietta
PG
1h 50min
1995
Murder in the Heartland
Murder in the Heartland
3h 12min
1993
To Catch a Killer
To Catch a Killer
1992
FX2
FX2
PG-13
1h 49min
1991
F/X
F/X
R
1h 48min
1986
Hunter
Hunter
The Jericho Mile
The Jericho Mile
1h 40min
1979
Son of the South
Son of the South
PG-13
1h 45min
2020
Driveways
Driveways
1h 23min
2019
A Very Merry Toy Store
A Very Merry Toy Store
1h 30min
2017
Knight of Cups
Knight of Cups
R
1h 58min
2016
Cocked
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2015
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2014
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Feynman and the Challenger
1h 30min
2013
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The Big Year
PG
1h 44min
2011

AWARDS

YearAssociationsCategoryWorkResult
2005Emmy (Primetime)Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieOur Fathers (film)Nominated
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