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BRIAN DENNEHY (Raymond) has maintained a strong presence in film, theatre, and television for three decades. He has twice won the Tony® Award for Best Actor; honored for playing James Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, and for playing Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. The latter production was filmed for Showtime with Dennehy also serving as executive producer. The television version subsequently earned Dennehy a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award® and an Emmy Award nomination. He revived the role of Willy Loman in London's West End, for which Dennehy received the coveted Olivier Award for Best Actor. Most recently, he played Ephraim Cabot in the Broadway production of Desire Under the Elms, for which Dennehy received favorable reviews.

Dennehy is well-known to audiences worldwide for his performances in such popular films as Semi-Tough, Foul Play, 10, First Blood, Cocoon, F/X, Presumed Innocent, Tommy Boy, and Baz Luhrmann's William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. His other notable screen credits include Gorky Park, Never Cry Wolf, Finders Keepers, Silverado, Twice in a Lifetime, Best Seller, The Belly of an Architect (for which he received Best Actor honors at the Chicago Film Festival), She Hate Me, 10th & Wolf, Righteous Kill, and Meet Monica Velour. He voiced the role of Babe Ruth in Everyone's Hero and was the voice of Django in the hit film Ratatouille. Dennehy recently starred in the features Alleged, Every Day, and Paul Haggis' The Next Three Days. Dennehy wrote the independent feature, Redemption.

Dennehy has starred in a wide range of television projects, receiving Emmy nominations for his performances in the miniseries The Burden of Proof, Murder in the Heartland, To Catch a Killer (in which he played John Wayne Gacy), and Stephen Gyllenhaal's telefilm Killing in a Small Town. Dennehy's characterization of police investigator Jack Reed anchored a successful series of telefilms for NBC throughout the 1990s, several of which he executive produced, co-wrote, and directed. Dennehy directed and starred in the telefilms Shadow of a Doubt (which he co-wrote and co-produced) and Indefensible. In 2005, Dennehy received his fifth Emmy nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actor, in Showtime's Our Fathers. In 2010, Dennehy starred in the Untitled Dana Gould Pilot for ABC and guest starred in both Rizzoli & Isles for TNT and the FOX pilot Pleading Guilty.

Dennehy has been associated for two decades with Chicago's Goodman Theatre (on whose board he serves), where he has starred in numerous productions, including Galileo, Desire Under the Elms, which he also took to Broadway, and a one-man repertory production of Eugene O'Neill's Hughie, in conjunction with Samuel Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape. Dennehy's other notable stage work includes the Broadway production of Translations; All's Well That Ends Well at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario, Canada; Krapp's Last Tape at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival; Hughie at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, the Trinity Repertory Theatre, and the Long Wharf Theatre; Peter Brook's production of The Cherry Orchard at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; Richard Nelson's Conversations in Tusculum at The Public Theatre in New York; Trumbo, which Dennehy starred in Off-Broadway and on tour; Wisdom Bridge Theatre's production of Rat in the Skull; Says I, Says He at both The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles and The Phoenix Theatre in New York; and The Exonerated, in which he starred Off-Broadway and on tour. Dennehy also starred in the Court TV film version of the play.

Dennehy recently appeared at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival performing the roles of Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Max in The Homecoming.

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