Brian Dennehy Dies at 81

Brian Dennehy
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The acclaimed actor, known for his iconic roles in 1982's 'First Blood,' 1985's 'Cocoon' and 1995's 'Tommy Boy,' has died, his family shared Thursday. 

The 81-year-old passed away Wednesday night in New Haven, Connecticut of natural causes, his daughter Elizabeth Dennehy shared. Describing his as "larger than life" and "generous to a fault," she tweeted "he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends." 

The burly actor played versatile roles both onstage and onscreen, rewarded with a Tony for his role in "Death of a Salesman" as well as a second Tony for "Long Day's Journey Into Night."  

With the news of his death, Hollywood stars took to social to pay tribute to the irreplaceable actor. 

William Shatner was one of the first to share his respects on Twitter, writing, "Condolences to the family of Brian Dennehy. A wonderfully talented actor." 

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