CHATTER AWAY: Overnight Open Thread

The Hollywood Reporter reports:

Brian Dennehy, the regular-guy actor whose bulldog build, good-guy demeanor and no-nonsense approach meshed in an array of memorable roles for film, television and the theater, has died. He was 81. Dennehy died Wednesday night of natural causes in Connecticut, his daughter Elizabeth announced.

Dennehy won Tony Awards in 1999 and 2003 for playing Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman — he was the fourth actor to play the iconic role on Broadway — and Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

At 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, the former college offensive lineman could also be a gentle giant, as when he portrayed the sympathetic bartender who counsels Dudley Moore in 10 (1979), the friendly alien leader Walter in Cocoon (1985) and Chris Farley’s pop in Tommy Boy (1995).