Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too.
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I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection. Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. I wrote a book on retailing, on dealing with job losses and a biography of Stephen Boyd.
This is a series of very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda. Swift diversions for a moment or two.
Apropos of Nothing #80 – 9 July 1938
Today, we salute stage and screen actor Brian Dennehy. He was born on 9 July, 1938.
His CV is phenomenal. On the big screen, First Blood (Rambo) (1982), Gorky Park (1983), Silverado (1985), F/X (1986), The Belly of the Architect (1987), to name a few.
On television, he had his Jack Reed police dramas, many and various TV movies and numerous guest-starring roles in shows like Dallas, Dynasty, Cagney & Lacey, Miami Vice, The West Wing and The Blacklist. He won a Golden Globe in 2005 for his TV performance in Death of a Salesman.
In 1995, he made his Broadway debut in Brian Friel’s Translations. He appeared in classic plays in Dublin and Stratford.
He won two Tony Awards, for Death of a Salesman (1999) and Long Day’s Journey into Night in 2003.
In August, 2005, he was in London playing Willy Loman (Death of a Salesman) and I wrote him a fan letter. He sent back this rather splendid signed photograph.
Brian Dennehy died at 81 on 15 April, 2020