Back to IndieWire

Glenne Headly, ‘Dick Tracy’ and ‘Mr. Holland’s Opus’ Star, Is Dead at 63

The Emmy-nominated "Lonesome Dove" star was a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Glenne Headly Glenne Headly arrives at the premiere of "The Joneses" in Los Angeles onPremiere The Joneses LA, Los Angeles, USA

Glenne Headly at the premiere of “The Joneses” in 2010

Matt Sayles/AP/REX/Shutterstock

Emmy-nominated actress and founding member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company Glenne Headly has passed away at the age of 63. The cause of death is unknown at this time. “It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly,” said Headly’s reps in a statement. “We ask that her family’s privacy be respected in this difficult time.”

READ MORE: ‘The Night Of’ Season 2: Riz Ahmed, John Turturro and Steven Zaillian Explain What It Would Take to Make More Seasons

A renowned film, television, and theater actress, Headly starred opposite Warren Beatty in “Dick Tracy” (1990), and earned an Emmy nomination for her work in the television miniseries of Larry McMurtry’s “Lonesome Dove.” She played Iris Holland opposite Richard Dreyfuss in “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” and flexed strong comedic chops in “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” opposite Steve Martin and Michael Caine.

More recently, she starred as the mother of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s titular character in “Don Jon,” and alongside Tom Hanks in James Ponsoldt’s “The Circle.” On the television side, Headly appeared on “ER,” NBC’s “Encore! Encore!” and the critically-acclaimed HBO mini-series “The Night Of.” At the time of her death, Headly was in production on Hulu’s “Future Man,” with Josh Hutcherson and Ed Begley, Jr.

READ MORE: ‘The Circle’: James Ponsoldt Explains Why His Dave Eggers Adaptation Isn’t Just Another Film About Dangers of Technology

Headly got her start onstage as a founding member of Chicago’s lauded Steppenwolf Theatre Company, known for producing plays by Austin Pendleton and Tracy Letts. It was there that she met her first husband, John Malkovich, who directed her alongside Kevin Kline and Raul Julia in a 1985 production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” on Broadway. New York Times theater critic Frank Rich wrote of her performance:

“Sporting enough Victorian blond curls to outfit both Gish sisters and speaking in a honeyed but slightly mischievous trill, the actress provides an alternately smart and petulant schoolgirl one small step away from maturity. When she at last possesses all of Shaw’s philosophical trump cards -leaving both of her suitors with none – Miss Headly plays her hand with a winning, newly awakened adult poise that reduces both Mr. Kline and Mr. Julia to helpless tots.”

Headly is survived by her husband Byron McCulloch and son Stirling.

Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here.

This Article is related to: Film and tagged ,

Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox