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Dennis Franz was born Dennis Franz Schlacta in Maywood, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, and is the son of Eleanor (Mueller) and Franz Ferdinand Schlachta. His father was a German immigrant, and both he and Franz's mother, a German-American, were postal workers. He has two sisters, Marlene (born 1938) and Heidi (born 1935). He graduated from ... See full bio »

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 1996 Healing the Hate (TV Movie)
 1995 Texas Justice (TV Movie)
Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes
 1994 Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire (TV Movie)
Gus Payne
 1992 In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (TV Movie)
Bob Bryant
 1991 Civil Wars (TV Series)
Murray Seidelman
- Pilot (1991) ... Murray Seidelman
 1991 N.Y.P.D. Mounted (TV Movie)
Anthony 'Tony' Spampatta
 1989 Christine Cromwell (TV Series)
Detective Grainger
- Easy Come, Easy Go (1989) ... Detective Grainger
 1989 The Package
Lt. Milan Delich
 1989 Kiss Shot (TV Movie)
Max Fleischer
 1989 Matlock (TV Series)
Jack Brennert
- The Mayor: Part 2 (1989) ... Jack Brennert
- The Mayor: Part 1 (1989) ... Jack Brennert
 1989 The Sid Story (Video short)
 1986 A Fine Mess
 1985 Runaway Train
Cop (uncredited)
 1985 Scene of the Crime (TV Series)
Pat Grandy
- A Vote for Murder (1985) ... Pat Grandy
 1985 Street Hawk (TV Series)
Inspector Frank Menlo
- Female of the Species (1985) ... Inspector Frank Menlo
 1984-1985 The A-Team (TV Series)
Brooks / Sam Friendly
- Beverly Hills Assault (1985) ... Brooks
- Chopping Spree (1984) ... Sam Friendly
 1985 Hunter (TV Series)
Sgt. Jackie Molinas
- The Snow Queen: Part 2 (1985) ... Sgt. Jackie Molinas
- The Snow Queen: Part 1 (1985) ... Sgt. Jackie Molinas
 1985 Deadly Messages (TV Movie)
Detective Max Lucas
 1985 MacGruder and Loud (TV Series)
- On the Wire (1985) ... Roche
 1984-1985 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Joe Hayes / Tony Boutros
- There Goes the Neighborhood (1985) ... Joe Hayes
- Did You See the One That Got Away? (1984) ... Tony Boutros
 1985 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
Frank Mahoney
- Almost Foolproof (1985) ... Frank Mahoney
 1984 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Andros Margolis
- Hardcore Connection (1984) ... Andros Margolis
 1984 E/R (TV Series)
The Boyfriend
- The Sister (1984) ... The Boyfriend
 1984 Riptide (TV Series)
Earl Bertane
- Double Your Pleasure (1984) ... Earl Bertane
 1983 Scarface
Immigration Officer (voice, uncredited)
 1979 Bleacher Bums (TV Movie)
 1979 A Perfect Couple
 1978 Stony Island
Jerry Domino
 1978 A Wedding
 1978 The Fury
Bob Eggleston
 1978 Remember My Name
 1965 Mickey One
Minor Role in Dressing Room (uncredited)
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Was one of the authors of the play "Bleacher Bums" premiered by Chicago's Organic Theater Company in 1977 and performed in New York the following year, with Franz creating in it the role of Zig. See more »

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3 Interviews | 8 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

For lack of a better term, they've labeled me a sex symbol. It's flattering and it should happen to every bald, overweight guy.


Andy Sipowicz, Franz's character on NYPD Blue (1993), was ranked #31 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [June 10, 2004 issue]. See more »


Frequently cast by Brian De Palma See more »

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