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Actor Brian Dennehy, Known For 'Tommy Boy' And 'First Blood,' Dies At 81

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Golden Globe-winning actor Brian Dennehy, whose career in film, television and stage spanned five decades, has died at the age of 81.

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Brian Dennehy attends the "Driveways" screening during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at Village East Cinema on April 30, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

His daughter reported on Twitter that Dennehy died Wednesday night from natural causes that were not related to the coronavirus.

"It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related," Elizabeth Dennehy wrote. "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."

His agency ICM also confirmed the death to Variety.

Dennehy is known for his roles in classic movies including "Tommy Boy," "Cocoon" and "First Blood."

in 2000, Dennehy won a Golden Globe for his role as Willy Loman in a TV adaption of Arthur Miller's legendary play "Death of a Salesman." It came after he had won a 1999 Tony Award for best lead actor for playing the same role on stage. He won a second best actor Tony in 2003 for Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey into Night." 

He was also nominated for six Emmy Awards, winning one .

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