Glenne Headly Dead

Glenne Headly Dead at 63; TV Roles Included Monk, ER, Lonesome Dove

Two-time Emmy nominee Glenne Headly died on Thursday at age 63. A cause of death was not immediately determined.

“It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly,” her reps said in a statement to our sister site Deadline. “We ask that her family’s privacy be respected in this difficult time.”

An original member of the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble, the actress’ early stage credits included Off Broadway’s Extremities and The Philanthropist.

On TV, Headly earned her first Emmy nomination for playing Elmira Boot Johnson in 1989’s Lonesome Dove miniseries; her second came with Showtime’s 1996 adaptation of Bastard Out of Carolina. She also recurred on ER (as Dr. Abby Keaton), Encore! Encore! (opposite Nathan Lane), Monk and, most recently, HBO’s The Night Of. Up next, she was in production on the Hulu comedy Future Man, starring Josh Hutcherson and produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

Headly’s film credits include but are far from limited to Dick Tracy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (as “heiress” Janet Colgate) and Mr Holland’s Opus.

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  1. Van says:

    So sad, she was one of the best character actors in the business

  2. GuessWhat says:


  3. Lillian says:

    So sad, she was a talented actress. I don’t know if she was local to Chicago, but I remember her from her Steppenwolf days. I remember her from when I was an extra in Doctor Detroit. I think her part got cut, though.

  4. Annie Sisk says:

    This is shocking. Damn sorry to hear this. :(

  5. Tim says:

    Shocking news! It was nice to see her recently in The Night Of.

  6. Brian says:

    Very sad. RIP

  7. Esther A says:

    so sad may she rest in peace.

  8. Joey Padron says:

    Sad to hear about her passing. She will be missed. RIP.

  9. Tim says:

    RIP loved her in Getting Even With Dad with Ted Danson, Macauley Culkin and Hector Elizondo

  10. Muffy says:

    I remember her from childhood. R.I.P

  11. Kell says:

    Sad to hear this – we always loved her role in Lonesome Dove – her need to find “Dee Boot” while poor July Johnson traveled all over to find her. #greatestthingontvever R.I.P. Ellie.