He has tackled Willy Loman and Hickey on Broadway and played an alien in Cocoon. Now Brian Dennehy sinks his teeth into another memorable character, Bobby Knight. We recently caught up to Dennehy, 63, the star of A Season on the Brink, which will air again on ESPN Classic on March 24 and March 25.
SI: Have you ever thrown a chair across a room?
Dennehy: Yes, when I was making a movie in January.
SI: How would you react if I came up to you on the street and said, "Hey Dennehy, what's up?"
Dennehy: I'd say, "Not the stock market."
SI: Did being one of NBC's The Fighting Fitzgeralds prepare you for the Knight role?
Dennehy: Well, it strengthened my vocal cords.
SI: Would you trade your Tony or Golden Globe for an NCAA championship?
Dennehy: I regard them as being my NCAA championship.
SI: You've starred as Hickey in The Iceman Cometh, How many of our readers would know that it's not a play about George Gervin?