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Brian Dennehy; Tough-guy character actor who found fame as a small-town sheriff in the Rambo film First Blood

Jul 14, 2020 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

BRIAN DENNEHY, who has died aged 81, was a hulking character actor and former US Marine who seemed to play every tough-cookie supporting role in American film in the 1980s, before belatedly proving himself to be an outstanding stage performer.

Dennehy frequently played cops, most notably in the inaugural Rambo film, First Blood (1982). As the smalltown sheriff pursuing the soldierturned-drifter John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone), Dennehy was the reactionary villain of the piece, but he also m...