Sylvester Stallone and William Shatner have led tributes to veteran actor Brian Dennehy, who has died at the age of 81.
Dennehy starred in a host of Hollywood blockbusters in the 80s including the first Rambo movie First Blood and Ron Howard sci-fi Cocoon.
Taking to Twitter his daughter Elizabeth wrote: “It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related.
“Larger than life, generous to a fault, a proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends.”
It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related. Larger than life, generous to a fault, a proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends. pic.twitter.com/ILyrGpLnc3
— Elizabeth Dennehy (@dennehyeliza) April 16, 2020
Dennehy also had a celebrated stage presence, winning two Tony awards for Death of a Salesman in 1999 and Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 2003.
He was also known for roles in The West Wing, 30 Rock, The Good Wife and Miami Vice.
Taking to Twitter his Rambo co-star, Stallone paid his respects. “The great actor Brian Dennehy has passed away. He simply was a great actor … He also was a Vietnam vet that helped me very much building the character of RAMBO The world has lost a great artist,” he wrote.
The great actor Brian Dennehy has passed away. He simply was a great actor … He also was a Vietnam vet that helped me very much building the character of RAMBO The world has lost a great artist. #First Blood https://t.co/knL4rROymL
— Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) April 16, 2020
William Shatner also paid tribute adding: “Condolences to the family of Brian Dennehy. A wonderfully talented actor.”
Condolences to the family of Brian Dennehy. 😞 A wonderfully talented actor.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) April 16, 2020
Further tributes poured in from John Cusack, A Clockwork Orange actor Malcolm McDowell, Mia Farrow, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Carl Weathers. You can view a selection below.
So sorry to hear about this.
A great great actor RIP.
— John Cusack (@johncusack) April 16, 2020
Very sad to hear about the passing of Brian Dennehy. He was a fantastic actor on the big and small screens, as well as theatre. Another great loss!!! RIP MM pic.twitter.com/tv8ZwdRbO9
— Malcolm McDowell (@McDowellMalc) April 16, 2020
Just devastated to learn that the magnificent Brian Dennehy has died. They is no one i enjoyed working with more. And there are few friends as valued in my life. I took this photo backstage when we were in Love Letters. He loved my pup Bowie. pic.twitter.com/s55Cc37lFy
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) April 16, 2020
Was lucky enough to see Brian Dennehy twice on stage, masterful in Love Letters, and monumentally heartbreaking in Death Of A Salesman. A colossus. What a loss.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 16, 2020
— Carl Weathers (@TheCarlWeathers) April 16, 2020
Dennehy is survived by his wife, the costume designer Jennifer Arnott, and his five children, Elizabeth, Kathleen, Deirdre, Cormac and Sarah.