It was a joy to watch actor Brian Dennehy last night at the Appel Salon, as he captivated a full house during his onstage conversation with Richard Ouzounian. At 73, he says he has no regrets –he admits to past excesses, but says life is a like a mango –to be seized and “pressed against your face, with all the juices dripping down.”
He talked about his early days, -- a football scholarship, a stint in the Marines, and a relatively late start in acting in his mid twenties. When asked what keeps him working now, he talked eloquently about his need to be involved in acts of creation, a process he called “being in the room.”
He also said Stratford (where he’s currently starring in two plays) has the best acting company in the world, and that Canadians should be rightly proud. (He did add however, that although he loved Toronto and New York, Chicago is the best city in the world. Can’t win’em all.)
Dennehy was among the first events of the Appel Salon fall season. Tonight we’re welcoming the fire breathing Dragon Kevin O’Leary, and coming in future weeks are Randy Bachman, Karen Kain, Jeffrey Eugenides, Umberto Eco and Alan Hollinghurst. Don’t forget you need tickets to Salon events.