Glenne Headly, star of Lonesome Dove, ER, Dick Tracy, dies at 62

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Glenne Headly, an actress with a four-decade-long career in film, TV and the stage, died Thursday. She was 62.

“It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly,” her representative, Annie Schmidt said in a statement. “We ask that her family’s privacy be respected in this difficult time.”

She did not elaborate on the cause of death.

She leaves behind a husband, Byron McCulloch, and a son, Stirling.

Headly was known from performances in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” “Dick Tracy” and the miniseries “Lonesome Dove.” She had recurring roles on “ER” and “Monk,” and played the daughter of Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in the 2001 live telecast of the play “On Golden Pond.”


Headly started out as an original member of Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company, alongside future stars like John Malkovich (Dangerous Liaisons), Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump), Laurie Metcalfe (Roseanne), Joan Allen (The Contender), Terry Kinney (Billions) and Rondi Reed (Mike & Molly).

She made her film debut in 1981 with Four Friends and went on to star as an heiress targeted by competing con men (Steve Martin and Michael Caine) in the 1988 comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.She also worked with  Warren Beatty in 1990’s Dick Tracy and Richard Dreyfus in 1995’s Mr. Holland’s Opus. More recently, she played mother to Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 2013’s Don Jon.

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Headly earned a pair of Emmy nominations as a supporting actress for her work in the TV miniseries Lonesome Dove(1989) and Bastard out of Carolina (1996). Her other TV credits include the baby-voiced but tough pediatric surgeon Dr. Abby Keaton on NBC’s long-running medical soap ER, and the wife of Captain Stottlemeyer (Ted Levine) on USA’s Monk.

She also starred in two Broadway plays, 1985’s Arms and the Man and 2015’s Fish in the Dark.

More recently, Headly worked on the HBO TV dramaThe Night Of. At the time of her death, she’d been shooting Future Man, an upcoming Hulu series about a janitor (The Hunger Games‘ Josh Hutcherson) tasked with protecting humans from extinction, from producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.




Her Dirty Rotten Scoundrels co-star Steve Martin tweeted:


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