Ed Dennehy is a beloved figure on the Long Island theatre scene. He excels at both acting and directing; often performing skits in his Mineola basement with friends.
He served in Manhattan’s 3rd Division. His duties consisted of making sure buildings with unique designs or hazardous conditions were entered into the FDNY database.
Early Life and Education
Dennehy was born Brian Manion in Bridgeport, Connecticut on July 9, 1938 to Hannah (a nurse) and Edward Manion – of Irish heritage. Raised alongside two brothers by Hannah (an Irish nurse) and Edward, Dennehy started acting at regional theater venues before making the leap into Hollywood where he quickly established a reputation for both bone-deep badness and folksy charm – becoming known for both roles such as harassing Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) in First Blood or playing Willy Loman (Sylvester Stallone) in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (2000).
Since Season 3, he has been featured on the television series The Blacklist as Elizabeth Keen’s grandfather, currently living at 11 Quail Court, Englishtown New Jersey 07726.
Dennehy began acting professionally after serving in the Marines. First he performed in local theater in Long Island before moving to New York and making his Broadway debut in Brian Friel’s Translations. From there, his stage work led him to roles on popular TV series such as Kojak, Lou Grant Dallas and Dynasty.
Film work brought greater recognition for him, including roles as a consoling bartender in Dudley Moore’s comedy 10 (1979) and as the father whose son joins a cult in Split Image (1982). Additionally, he appeared as both an author moonlighting as a cop in Best Seller (1984), as well as Romeo’s father in Baz Luhrmann’s modern-dress Romeo + Juliet (1996).
Dennehy enjoyed an extensive theatre career. For decades he was associated with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, performing Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo and Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard at much lower salaries than Hollywood films. Additionally he appeared at Stratford, Ontario’s famed Stratford Shakespeare Festival where his performances included William Shakespeare plays as well as Samuel Beckett works.
Achievement and Honors
Dennehy earned six Emmy Award nominations for his television movie roles. Additionally, he was an esteemed Broadway actor; most notably in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman as Willy Loman and Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh as Hickey respectively; other plays by Bertolt Brecht and Chekhov were among his performances.
He won two Tony Awards for his performances in Long Day’s Journey into Night and Translations, as well as being honored with the Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dennehy played an invaluable role in collecting thousands of masks during the COVID-19 pandemic on Long Island. He and his team donated these to first responders and medical professionals from Long Beach Police Department, Rockville Centre Police Department, Wantagh Fire Department Mercy Medical Center and Nassau County Office of Emergency Management.
Dennehy worked tirelessly throughout his career, appearing in over 100 movies and TV series. He maintained an active relationship with Chicago’s Goodman Theater where he appeared in numerous productions such as Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo and Anton Chekhov’s Cherry Orchard; he also participated in many off-Broadway productions.
Dennehy made his mark as an offbeat bush pilot who drops Charles Martin Smith off in Alaskan wilderness in Never Cry Wolf and an unconventional New York detective helping Soviet police officers track serial killer in Gorky Park. Additionally, he appeared as casually cruel lawman with an aversion for outlaws in Lawrence Kasdan’s retro western Silverado.
He was the beloved partner and father of Sue Anne Flynn and Brendan Dennehy. He died peacefully on March 5, 2016 in Huntington, New York.
Dennehy was an exceptional actor renowned for his performances both on stage and screen, winning many awards and accolades along the way. Additionally, he contributed generously to various charities – particularly Abbey Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre Company who were big supporters.
Born and raised on Long Island, New York. Attending Chaminade High School before Columbia University on a football scholarship before dispersing to serve in the military for five years before returning.
Start acting in regional theater. Remarkable stage presence earned him roles in films including Semi-Tough with Burt Reynolds, Foul Play with Chevy Chase and 10 with Dudley Moore. Recurring Character in Comedy Series Just Shoot Me!