Dolly Parton mourns ‘9 to 5’ costar Dabney Coleman in heartfelt tribute

Dolly Parton starred on her first ever movie in 1980’s ‘9 to 5’ alongside Dabney Coleman

By Web Desk
May 21, 2024
Dabney Coleman passed away on May 16 in his California home at the age of 92

Dolly Parton is mourning the loss of her dear friend and 9 to 5 co-star Dabney Coleman, who passed away on May 16 at the age of 92.

Taking to her X (previously Twitter) on Monday, May 20, the Queen of Country shared a special tribute to the late actor.


“Dabney was a great actor and he became a dear friend,” Parton, 78 began in her message.

She then remembered his mentorship during the early days of her acting career, particularly on the 1980 comedy 9 to 5, which followed three secretaries, played by Parton, Jane Fonda, and Lily Tomlin, who take revenge on their tyrannical boss, portrayed by Coleman.

“He taught me so much when I was doing my first movie, 9 to 5,” she reminisced.

The Jolene hitmaker then fondly recalled Coleman’s many cherished qualities, saying, “He was funny, deep and smart.”

Parton continued, “We remained friends through the years and I will miss him greatly as many people will.”

The note –written in white ink over a black background – concluded with Parton’s love and signature.

Their other 9 to 5 co-star Lily Tomlin also previously shared her condolences on social media.

Coleman’s daughter, Quincy Coleman, released a statement about her father’s passing, noting his six-decade career that included more than 60 projects.

“My father crafted his time here on Earth with a curious mind, a generous heart and a soul on fire with passion, desire and humor that tickled the funny bone of humanity,” Quincy said.

She described him as “a teacher, a hero and a king,” whose spirit will live on through his work and legacy.