Rambo star Brian Dennehy dies aged 81

Rambo star Brian Dennehy has died aged 81 of natural causes at his home in Connecticut.
Brian Dennehy takes his curtain call during 'Love Letters' Broadway Opening Night in 2014. Photo credit: Getty

US actor Brian Dennehy has died aged 81 of natural causes at his home in the state of Connecticut.

His death is not related to coronavirus, according to a family statement.

Dennehy has a staggering 183 acting credits on the IMDb website, with his most notable roles including the original Rambo film First Blood, comedy Tommy Boy, science-fiction Cocoon and western Silverado.

"It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related," his daughter Elizabeth stated on social media.

"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."

Dennehy won a Golden Globe and earned six Emmy nominations for his screen roles, but also landed two Tony awards for his stage acting.

Tributes are being paid to Dennehy from others in the entertainment industry.

"The great actor Brian Dennehy has passed away. He simply was a brilliant performer," Sylvester Stallone said on Instagram.

"He also was a Vietnam vet that helped me very much building the character of RAMBO. The world has lost a great artist."

Acclaimed playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda posted on Twitter: "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.70

Dennehy is survived by five children.