Dennehy, a two-time Tony Award winner who co-starred in a wide range of films, often in tough-guy roles, died of natural causes in Connecticut on Wednesday night, ICM Partners announced in a statement.
Dennehy co-starred in a long list of popular movies, including “First Blood” (as the local sheriff who clashes with Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo), the western “Silverado,” and the science-fiction classic “Cocoon.” He played Chris Farley’s dad in the comedy “Tommy Boy,” and portrayed basketball coach Bobby Knight in a made-for-TV movie.
A former college football player at Columbia University, Dennehy appeared in a number of TV shows before making his movie debut in the Burt Reynolds movie “Semi-Tough” as a football player. He quickly went on to roles in the movies “10,” “F.I.S.T.” He also had a regular part in the series “Dynasty.”
Dennehy won a Tony for his role in “Death of a Salesman,” later playing the part in a TV production of the play. He received another for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.”
Dennehy had continued to work recently in such series as “Hap and Leonard” and NBC’s “The Blacklist.”
Fellow actors mourned Dennehy on Thursday.
“I’m now 80 and I’m just another actor and that’s fine with me. I’ve had a hell of a ride,” he said. “I have a nice house. I haven’t got a palace, a mansion, but a pretty nice, comfortable home. I’ve raised a bunch of kids and sent them all to school, and they’re all doing well. All the people that are close to me are reasonably healthy and happy. Listen, that’s as much as anybody can hope for in life.”