Date of Birth : Jul 9th 1938
Two-time Tony Award-winning American actor who has appeared in movies, on television, and performed in live theater.
Dennehy is primarily known as a dramatic actor. His breakthrough role was as the overzealous Sheriff Will Teasle in First Blood (1982) opposite Sylvester Stallone as Rambo. His other roles include a corrupt sheriff in the western Silverado, and an alien in Cocoon, both released in 1985. He later played memorable supporting parts in such films as Legal Eagles (1986) and Presumed Innocent (1990).
Perhaps one of his most well known roles was in the 1995 Chris Farley-David Spade comedy Tommy Boy as Big Tom Callahan.
He also has had a role in the recent movie Ratatouille as Django, Remy the rat’s (the main protagonist voiced by Patton Oswalt) father.
He also had a lead role as fire chief/celebrity dad Leslie “Buddy” Krebs in the short-lived 1982 series Star Of The Family. Despite his notoriety, that show was cancelled after only two seasons.
He was nominated for Emmy Awards six times for his television movies including one for his performance as John Wayne Gacy, for which he was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie. He was also nominated that same year in a different category, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie, for The Burden of Proof (1992). He was also nominated for an Emmy Awards for his work in A Killing in a Small Town, Murder in the Heartland (1993) and, most recently, for the Showtime cable TV movie Our Fathers (2005), which was about the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.