Brian Manion Dennehy was an American film, stage, and screen actor. For Disney, he played Rosie Little in the 1983 Disney film, Never Cry Wolf, Harrison in the 1988 Disney film, Return to Snowy River, and Father Kelly in the 2002 Miramax film, Stolen Summer. He also voiced Django in the 2007 Disney/Pixar film, Ratatouille.
Brian Manion Dennehy was born on July 9, 1938 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The family relocated to Long Island, New York, where Dennehy attended Chaminade High School in the village of Mineola. He entered Columbia University in New York City on a football scholarship but joined the U.S. Marines for five years before going back to finish school with a B.A. in History. While working odd jobs, he acted in regional theater. He continued to act in theater, most notably plays by Eugene O'Neill, Samuel Beckett, and William Shakespeare. Dennehy was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2010.
His work on the stage led to film roles, like Sheriff Will Teasle in the 1982 drama First Blood and Big Tom Callahan in the 1995 comedy Tommy Boy. He also had roles in other films, such as 10, Cocoon Presumed Innocent, Romeo + Juliet, and Knight of Cups. Dennehy's television credits include Kojak, Lou Grant, M*A*S*H, Pearl, Dallas, Dynasty, Star of the Family, Evergreen, Miami Vice, Just Shoot Me, The Fighting Fitzgeralds, The West Wing, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, 30 Rock, Rizzoli & Isles, The Blacklist, and Hap and Leonard.
Dennehy died on 2020 of cardiac arrest due to sepsis in New Haven, Connecticut.