Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Who's the Best?


Brian Dennehy has won the 2006 Best Actor Laurence Olivier Award for his portrayal of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman. This completes an impressive treble for Dennehy, who also won a Tony Award (Broadway’s equivalent of the Laurence Olivier Awards) and a Golden Globe for exactly the same role when the production was originally staged on Broadway and subsequently filmed.
Dennehy, a dramatic arts graduate of Yale, utilised his imposing frame to great effect in Death Of A Salesman as aging salesman Willy Loman. The broad shoulders and barrel chest of the American Dream’s greatest follower were transformed during the performance into the most fragile of shells, as Dennehy played out the life of a travelling salesman whose entire working life may have been a feat of imagination.
Dennehy was making his West End debut in Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. He is probably best known for his film roles which include Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo And Juliet, Presumed Innocent, F/X, Legal Eagles, Cocoon, Gorky Park and First Blood. His Broadway stage work includes Long Day’s Journey Into Night, for which he won a second Tony Award for Best Actor in 2003, and Peter Brook’s production of The Cherry Orchard.

What is it that makes me go weak at the knees for Mr Dennehy after all these years? I mean, even when I was young he was no spring chicken..Is it his bright blue eyes, full of mischief, is it his 'engaging grin' (wonderful description!), or is it his imposing presence?
And what a prolific and successful stage actor too :-)
Congratulations, Brian, wherever you are :-)

I have removed the music temporarily as people seemed to have problems accessing my blog with it on here (including, of all people, Aginoth!)

and dave - the stunning voice is Katie Melua - I can seriously recommend the cd 'Piece by Piece'.

The 2006 Crazie Holiday is booked........
Aginoth, Mrs A, the Aginothlings, cyberkitten, sleepypete, rca, rca's SO, bionicdwarf and I are heading to sunny (we hope!) Cornwall in October for a week of R&R :-)
jeez - look at all those bloggers!! :-)
Should be a blast - usually is.....

cq

13 comments:

CyberKitten said...

..and no Internet access between us.............. [chuckle]. I guess we'll need to find a cafe...?

craziequeen said...

sleepypete will probably come prepared....[bg]

In the meantime, I have two weeks in Birmingham soon, holed up in a hotel - probably with no internet [sobs]

cq

CyberKitten said...

If its a modern hotel it'll have internet access...

Uisce said...

phew... I can get to your blog now! now let's see if we can find you a plugin for your music.

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Have a nice trip and enjoy yourself.

Scouser said...

May I be the first to wish you ladies a happy International Women's Day.

Sleepypete said...

Lol - I'll take me laptop ... but that will only be for getting pictures downloaded from the camera.

Uisce said...

I saw the play in Boston and for the life of me I can't remember who played the lead.

YellowRose said...

I've always liked Mr. Dennehy, but he really creeped me out when he played John Wayne Gacy in "To Catch a Killer!" lol

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I actually have seen a number of grerat GREAT actors do Willie, over the years...The First, and in my opinion, the best, was Lee J. Cobb, in the original Broadway production....Thomas Mitchell, Dustin Hoffman, and I saw Mr. D at The Ahmanson, when they did this production here in L.A.
I think he is a wonderful actor...I particularly liked him in that TV Movie about the Priests and Abuse! He was SMASHING!

Sounds like you are going to be 'on the road' a lot, and soon again...Yes? Is this next trip R&R too, or work-related?

Hope you can fiogure out how to have the music and all...I LOVE that!

jessica said...

creepy- my friends think my ex looked like brian dennehey when he was younger... totally freaked me out.

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