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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

NYPD Blue
NYPD Blue Det. Andy Sipowicz / Sgt. Andy Sipowicz
(1993-2005)
Die Hard 2
Die Hard 2 Carmine Lorenzo
(1990)
City of Angels
City of Angels Nathaniel Messinger
(1998)
Blow Out
Blow Out Manny Karp
(1981)

Filmography

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 1993-2005 NYPD Blue (TV Series)
Det. Andy Sipowicz / Sgt. Andy Sipowicz
- Moving Day (2005) ... Sgt. Andy Sipowicz
- Bale to the Chief (2005) ... Sgt. Andy Sipowicz
- Lenny Scissorhands (2005) ... Sgt. Andy Sipowicz
- Sergeant Sipowicz' Lonely Hearts Club Band (2005) ... Sgt. Andy Sipowicz
- Old Man Quiver (2005) ... Det. Andy Sipowicz
 1998 City of Angels
Nathaniel Messinger
 1998 Sesame Street (TV Series)
Dennis Franz
- Monster Day (1998) ... Dennis Franz
 1997 Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off (Video)
Captain Klegghorn (voice)
 1996-1997 Mighty Ducks (TV Series)
Captain Klegghorn
- To Catch a Duck (1997) ... Captain Klegghorn (voice)
- Duck Hard (1997) ... Captain Klegghorn (voice)
- The Return of Asteroth (1996) ... Captain Klegghorn (voice)
- The Iced Duck Cometh (1996) ... Captain Klegghorn (voice)
- The Final Face Off (1996) ... Captain Klegghorn (voice)
 1996 American Buffalo
Don
 1996 Healing the Hate (TV Movie)
Host
 1995 Texas Justice (TV Movie)
Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes
 1994 Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire (TV Movie)
Gus Payne
 1992 The Player
Dennis Franz
 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
 1990 Nasty Boys (TV Series)
Lt. Krieger / Lt. Stan Krieger
- Kill or Be Killed: Part 2 (1990) ... Lt. Krieger
- Kill or Be Killed (1990) ... Lt. Krieger
- Desert Run (1990) ... Lt. Krieger
- Crossover (1990) ... Lt. Krieger
- Home Again (1990) ... Lt. Krieger
 1990 Die Hard 2
Carmine Lorenzo
 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)
Sid
 1987-1988 Beverly Hills Buntz (TV Series)
Norman Buntz
- Terry and the Pirates (1988) ... Norman Buntz
- Cannon-Aid (1988) ... Norman Buntz
- Ad Astra Per Peoria (1988) ... Norman Buntz
- A Falcone in the Hand (1988) ... Norman Buntz
- A Christmas Carol (1988) ... Norman Buntz
 1983-1987 Hill Street Blues (TV Series)
Lt. Norman Buntz / Det. Sal Benedetto
- It Ain't Over Till It's Over (1987) ... Lt. Norman Buntz
- A Pound of Flesh (1987) ... Lt. Norman Buntz
- The Runner Falls on His Kisser (1987) ... Lt. Norman Buntz
- Days of Swine and Roses (1987) ... Lt. Norman Buntz
- Dogsbreath Afternoon (1987) ... Lt. Norman Buntz
 1986 A Fine Mess
Phil
 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)
Roche
- 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 Body Double
Rubin the Director
 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)
 1983 Psycho II
Warren Toomey
 1983 Bay City Blues (TV Series)
Angelo Carbone
- Rocky IV-Eyes (1983) ... Angelo Carbone
- Play It Again, Milt (1983) ... Angelo Carbone
- Look Homeward, Hayward (1983) ... Angelo Carbone
- Going, Going, Gone (1983) ... Angelo Carbone
- I Never Swung with My Father (1983) ... Angelo Carbone
 1982 Chicago Story (TV Series)
Off. Joe Gilland
- Half a Chance (1982) ... Off. Joe Gilland
- Who Needs the Truth? (1982) ... Off. Joe Gilland
- Subterranean Blues (1982) ... Off. Joe Gilland
- Dutton's Law (1982) ... Off. Joe Gilland
- Bad Blood (1982) ... Off. Joe Gilland
 1981 Blow Out
Manny Karp
 1981 Chicago Story (TV Movie)
Officer Joe Gilland
 1980 Popeye
Spike, a Tough
 1980 Dressed to Kill
Detective Marino
 1979 Bleacher Bums (TV Movie)
Zig
 1979 A Perfect Couple
Costa
 1978 Stony Island
Jerry Domino
 1978 A Wedding
Koons
 1978 Towing
Bar Patron (uncredited)
 1978 The Fury
Bob Eggleston
 1978 Remember My Name
Franks
 1965 Mickey One
Minor Role in Dressing Room (uncredited)
Show Show Writer (2 credits)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (2 credits)
Show Show Self (100 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (4 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

He acted in the play, "Cops," at the Organic Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois, with Ian Williams. James Maronek was scenic designer. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Interviews | 8 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 6 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Did You Know?

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.

Trivia:

His former NYPD Blue (1993) co-star, David Caruso, is currently the star of CSI: Miami (2002), the spin-off of William Petersen's series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000). Franz and Petersen co-presented an award at the 2004 Emmy Awards. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently cast by Brian De Palma See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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