Breck Denny, Groundlings Comic and TV Actor, Dies at 34 


Actor, writer and cartoonist Robert Breck Denny Jr., once a member of The Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, died this week in Santa Barbara, California, his family said Friday.

Denny died of a rare spontaneous rupture of the splenic artery, a mortality rate of 40%, according to the Oxford Academic Journal of Surgical Case Reports.

The Groundlings Sunday Company shared this statement with TheWrap: “Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Breck Denny, a senior member of our Sunday Company, who passed away unexpectedly on Monday. He’s been a part of the Groundlings community for many years, is a great performer, and one of the nicest, funniest people you’ll ever meet. He will be sorely missed, and our thoughts will go out to his family and friends.”

The comedy group also paid tribute to Denny on Instagram with a series of videos, writing, “This is a difficult post, a post that is horribly destructive. We have lost one of the members of the cast, our brother. Breck Denny’s talent, unique sense of humor. We will miss you so much but you are our family forever. Ohana means family. Rest In Peace Do-Man. “

Denny’s many TV credits include guest appearances on “The Shrink Next Door,” “Rised,” and “Constrain Your Enthusiasm.”

He graduated from New York University with a degree in creative writing and began writing screenplays and acting in comedies, in his own words. The Groundlings’ Biography. His play “Nickel Dickers” won an Encore! Producer Award at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival. 

He also wrote, produced, and starred in the 2019 short film “The Last Piece,” directed by Will Lowell, and starred in the digital series “The Friendless Five.”

His commercials also include spots for Ford, Progressive, and Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

Denny is survived by his fiancée Emily Levitan, the Director of Original Series at Netflix. The couple announced their engagement in July 2021 on Instagram.

His parents, Robert Breck Denny Sr. and Ninna Denny; sisters Liza Oneglia, Carter Denny Adams and Louise Denny Considine, in lieu of flowers, asked for donations to The Groundlings Theater & School in Los Angeles or Kieve Wavus Education and to donate blood to Vitalant in California or the Red Cross elsewhere. Other Statuses.


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