She enjoyed a five-decade acting career that spanned stage, screen and television, and featured everything from a top role in the star-studded 1990 comic book blockbuster Dick Tracy to the famed TV mini-series Lonesome Dove to the buzzed-about Hulu series Future Man.
Glenne Headley was one of many actors who began their career at Chicago’s famed Steppenwolf Theater Company, getting her start there in 1979. And while she continued to perform on stage throughout her acting career, Headley began appearing in movies in 1981, something she would continue doing throughout the remainder of her life.
Headley died Friday at the age of 62, Variety reported. No cause of death has yet been announced. At the time of her death, she was in production on Future Man, a Hulu original series created by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It’s unclear how much of Future Man has been completed prior to Headley’s passing.
Glenne Headley was born in Connecticut in 1954. Her first movie credit was 1981’s Four Friends, she would go on to appear in 1983’s Doctor Detroit (with Dan Aykroyd) and 1987’s Making Mr. Right, with her then-husband and fellow Steppenwolf alum, John Malkovich. Her first huge movie role was in 1988’s comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Michael Caine and Steve Martin, which was followed the next year by her part as Elmira Boot Johnson in the acclaimed TV adaptation of Lonesome Dove. In 1990 came her casting as Tess Trueheart in Warren Beatty’s Dick Tracy, where she held her own with a huge cast of established stars.
Headley’s most prominent period of work continued through the early ‘90s, when she appeared in Mortal Thoughts, Mr. Holland’s Opus and numerous other films, while also enjoying a guest run on ER. She worked less in the early 2000s, most notably playing Lindsay Lohan’s mother in Confessions of a Teenaged Drama Queen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s mother in Don Jon.
More recently, Headley did more TV work, guest-starring on Grey’s Anatomy, Psych and The League, while also playing a lawyer last year on HBO’s crime drama The Night Of. One of her last roles was in this spring’s Tom Hanks drama The Circle; her husband in the film, Bill Paxton, has also passed away since the movie was filmed. Villa Capri, with Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones, is also listed as a posthumous movie release for Headley.
Glenne Headley is survived by her husband Bryan McCulloch as well as one son.
Glenne Headley- March 13, 1954- June 8, 2017