Sylvester Stallone Pays Tribute to 'First Blood' Co-Star Brian Dennehy: 'The World has Lost a Great Artist'

Sylvester Stallone paid tribute to First Blood co-star Brian Dennehy following his death at the age of 81.

Stallone shared a picture of the two on Instagram with the caption: "The great actor Brian Dennehy has passed away. He simply was a brilliant performer... He also was a Vietnam vet that helped me very much building the character of RAMBO. The world has lost a great artist. #FirstBlood."

Stallone and Dennehy starred in First Blood in 1982, as John Rambo and Sherriff Will Teasle, respectively.

Other stars have paid tribute to Dennehy on social media, including his other co-stars.

James Woods, who worked with Dennehy in Split Image and Best Seller, wrote on Twitter: "I'm just devastated to hear we lost my beloved friend and colleague, Brian Dennehy.

"We were partners on two of my favorite films, Split Image, and Best Seller. I've never laughed so hard as we did every day on the set or off. For a big 'tough guy,' he was a sweetheart. RIP Brian"

I’m just devastated to hear we lost my beloved friend and colleague, #BrianDennehy. We were partners on two of my favorite films, Split Image and Best Seller. I’ve never laughed so hard as we did every day on the set or off. For a big “tough guy,” he was a sweetheart. #RIPBrian pic.twitter.com/EjsxMvqlxw

— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) April 16, 2020

Mia Farrow, who acted alongside Dennehy in Love Letters, wrote: "Just devastated to learn that the magnificent Brian Dennehy has died. They is no one i enjoyed working with more. And there are few friends as valued in my life. I took this photo backstage when we were in Love Letters. He loved my pup Bowie."

Just devastated to learn that the magnificent Brian Dennehy has died. They is no one i enjoyed working with more. And there are few friends as valued in my life. I took this photo backstage when we were in Love Letters. He loved my pup Bowie. pic.twitter.com/s55Cc37lFy

— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) April 16, 2020

Russell Crowe, who worked with Dennehy in The Next Three Days, wrote on Twitter; "Brian Dennehy has passed. He was a fine actor. He was good company. It was a privilege to work with him. Condolences to his loved ones."

Crowe also recommended watching The Next Three Days, directed by Paul Haggis, calling it an
"underrated" movie.

Dennehy's career began in the late 1970s with roles in TV shows and TV movies. After gaining recognition in First Blood, he went on to star in movies like the 1985 sci-fi drama Cocoon and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet in 1996.

He continued working through the 2000s and 2010s with roles including the voice of Django Pixar's Ratatouille and most recently, Dominic Wilkinson in the NBC series The Blacklist.

Dennehy was also an accomplished theatre actor, winning two Tony Awards for his performance in Long Day's Journey Into Night and for his role as Willy Loman in the 1999 revival of Death of a Salesman.

Dennehy died on April 15 from natural causes not related to the novel coronavirus. His agent told Agence France-Presse that Dennehy died at his Connecticut home with his wife Jennifer and son Cormac by his side.

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Sylvester Stallone as John Rambo and Brian Dennehy as Sherriff Will Teasle in 'First Blood' in 1982. Sunset Boulevard/Getty