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Glenne Headly, ‘Dick Tracy’ Actress, Dead at 62

Veteran of stage, film and television also starred in ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ and ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus’

Glenne Headly circa 1997Glenne Headly circa 1997

Glenne Headly, star of films like 'Dick Tracy,' 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels' and 'Mr. Holland's Opus,' died Thursday night at the age of 63.


Glenne Headly, star of films like Dick Tracy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Mr. Holland’s Opus, died Thursday night at the age of 62. The actress died from complications of a pulmonary embolism, her husband Bryan McColloch told the New York Times.

Headly’s representative confirmed the actress’ death to Deadline. “It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly,” the rep said. “We ask that her family’s privacy be respected in this difficult time.”

At the time of her death, Headly was co-starring alongside Josh Hutcherson and Ed Begley Jr. in the Seth Rogen-produced Hulu comedy series Future Man. The show was reportedly still in production at the time of Headly’s death.

“I only knew the talented, empathetic, loving, beautiful Glenne Headly for a short time,” Hutcherson wrote on Instagram. “She was powerful and strong and hilarious. Her eyes brought to life so many amazing characters over the years and her love brought to life a beautiful family. I’m gonna miss her presence, her smile, and the way she made me feel like her son before, between, and after they called action and cut.”

An early member of the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago – where she acted alongside her then-husband John Malkovich – Headly first appeared on the big screen with small roles in films like Fandango, Seize the Day and Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo.

Her breakthrough part arrived in 1988 with Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, where the actress deftly traded comedic jabs with Steve Martin and Michael Caine. Two years later, Headly co-starred as Warren Beatty’s love interest Tess Trueheart in the director’s vibrant big screen adaptation of Dick Tracy.

Other notable roles included the wife of Richard Dreyfuss’ music teacher title character in Mr. Holland’s Opus, as well as Mortal Thoughts, 2 Days in the Valley, Sgt. Bilko and, most recently, The Circle starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks. Headly played the mother of Watson’s character in that film, with Bill Paxton appearing as her husband; Paxton died in February.

Actor Edward James Olmos tweeted, “I am torn apart by the news that dearest Glenne Headly has passed. Pained to tears! Much to early! Rest In Peace my dearest.” The Wire‘s Wendell Pierce added, “I was inspired by a group of actors that created one of the premier theater companies, Steppenwolf. Glenn Headley was one. Great actor RIP.”

Headly was also a veteran of television series like ER, Monk and HBO’s The Night Of. Two of her TV roles – on 1989’s Lonesome Dove and 1996’s Bastard Out of Carolina – resulted in Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.

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