Judith Scheff – Facts You Should Know about Brian Dennehy’s Ex-Wife

By Ray | Published on: March 13, 2024 | Updated on: March 13, 2024
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was the ex-wife of television and stage actor Brian Dennehy. Judith was married to Dennehy for around one and a half decades in the 1960s and early 1970s. The former husband and wife maintained a good relationship even after their divorce.

Judith has three children with her first husband Brian. Her oldest child, daughter, Elizabeth Dennehy is also an actor. Being the ex-wife of the veteran actor as well as the mother of an actress, Judith Scheff is usually a topic of discussion on the internet.

So, who is Judith Scheff? Is She Alive? How was her love life after her divorce from Brian Dennehy? Let’s find out the answers to all these questions in this article.

Early Life

Scheff was born in Mineola, Long Island, New York on May 5, 1941, to parents Muriel Scheff and David Scheff. Regarding her siblings, she had two brothers, Boyd, and Gerard Scheff.

Birthday May 5, 1941
Birthplace Mineola, Long Island, New York
Father David Scheff
Mother Muriel Scheff
Siblings Boyd and Gerard Scheff

Is Alive?

  • Judith Scheff is not alive. She died on November 16, 2015.
  • She was 74 years old at the time of her death.
  • Scheff reportedly had the flu a week before she passed away.
  • Her daughter, Elizabeth Dennehy frequently remembers Judith on her birthdays or death anniversaries and shares her thoughts on her socials.
  • On November 16, 2022, on Judith’s 7th death anniversary, her daughter, Elizabeth shared an emotional post on Instagram in which she wrote, “She was a healthy and energetic 74. She had the flu and a week later she was gone.

Judith was Married to Brian Dennehy For 15 Years

Scheff and Dennehy got married in 1959. It’s not known when and where the former couple met and how they started dating. The couple parented three children; Elizabeth, Kathleen, and Deirdre Dennehy together.

Judith Scheff and her three daughters with her first husband, Brian Dennehy
Judith Scheff and her three daughters with her first husband, Brian Dennehy

Scheff remained in a marital relationship with her then-husband, Dennehy for around fifteen years before their divorce in 1974. They were in an amicable relationship even after their divorce.

Spouse Brian Dennehy
Married 1959
Divorced 1974
Children 3 (Elizabeth, Kathleen, and Dierdre)

Judith’s Daughter is a Renowned Actress

  • Scheff’s daughter, Elizabeth Hannah Dennehy is a film and television actress.
  • She is recognized for her roles in the television series Seinfeld, Guiding Light, Charmed, and Without a Trace.
  • Her notable film roles came in the movies Soldier, Gattaca, and Red Dragon among others.
  • Besides TV and films, Elizabeth is also a stage actress; she played Stella Kowalski in the 1994’s A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • Elizabeth studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Judith’s First Husband Died in 2020

Scheff’s first husband, Brian passed away on April 15, 2020, in New Haven Connecticut. As per online portals, Dennehy died of cardiac arrest due to sepsis.

However, his daughter Elizabeth announced through a tweet that her dad passed away due to natural causes and also clarified that it wasn’t Covid-related. Brian Dennehy was 81 years old at the time of his death.

Did Remarry? Who was Her Second Husband?

Scheff didn’t remarry for a long time after her separation from her first husband. But, she ultimately decided to tie the knot again, and this time she married a federal judge, Gregory W. Carman on August 26, 1994.

Scheff’s second husband was a Senior United States Judge at the US Court of International Trade. Apart from that, Carman also served as a Republican member of the House of Representatives for two years.

Judit Scheff's second husband Gregory W. Carman
Judit Scheff’s second husband Gregory W. Carman

Besides, he was a captain in the US Army from 1958 to 1964. Scheff and Carman were happily married for years. They reportedly traveled through every state of the United States together.

Moreover, they also traveled to almost all the European countries followed by most of Asia, Africa, South America, and Antarctica.

Judith and Carman were married until her death in 2015 i.e., they were married happily for around two decades.

Husband Gregory W. Carman
Married 1994
Children No
Divorced No 
Married Till November 16, 2015 (Judith Scheff’s Death)


Judith Scheff was a learned individual. According to a memorial Facebook page dedicated to her, Scheff studied at Hofstra, St. Joseph’s, C.W. Post, and Brooklyn College. Before that, she graduated high school from Mineola High School in 1959.

After her graduation, she started her career as a teacher. She reportedly taught at NYC BD of Education.

She Also Taught Kindergarten

As per her obituary, Judith was an enthusiastic and devoted kindergarten teacher at PS 112 in Harlem, NYC where she was employed for around two decades.