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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 28 October 1944Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameDennis Franz Schlacta
Height 5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 Southern Illinois University and was immediately drafted into the military. He served 11 month in Vietnam in a reconnaissance unit, and after his service he suffered depression for some time afterwards. In 1972 he joined the Organic Theatre Company. Robert Altman discovered him at an auditions and urged him to go to Los Angeles, where he became part of Altman's resident company. He met Joanie Zeck on April Fool's Day 1982 and aided her in raising her two daughters, Krista (born 1976) and Tricia (born 1974). They married thirteen years later in Carmel, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Sacksteder <jsack@ka.net>

Spouse (1)

Joanie Zeck (1 April 1995 - present)

Trade Mark (2)

Always wear short-sleeved shirt under a jacket on NYPD Blue (1993)
Frequently plays policemen

Trivia (21)

Before entering Hill Street Blues (1981), as Norm Buntz, appeared as Sal Benedetto for a few episodes.
Stepchildren: Tricia (b. 1974) and Krista (b. 1976). Both are from his wife Joanie's first marriage.
Always travels with a pet bird.
Graduated from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois in 1962.
Served 11 months in Vietnam with the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions.
Was considered for the role of Vic in American Graffiti (1973).
His own recipes are included in "The Cop Cookbook" by Greta Garner-Hewitt, Ken Beck and Jim Clark, published in 1997.
Attended Wright Junior College and Southern Illinois University, with a major in speech and theater
By 11th grade, he tried out for a part in a school play called, "The Crucible", because his girlfriend was auditioning. He won the part, but his girlfriend did not.
In high school, he was active in baseball, football and swimming
Is a board member of the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance
Is an animal lover, has a dog named Bigelow.
Was a mailman before becoming an actor
Hobbies: Snow-skis, plays golf and gives time and talent to charitable organizations.
He and Jimmy Smits began their association with Steven Bochco in the 1980s.
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" [20 June 2004 issue].
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.
Best known by the public for his starring role as Detective Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue (1993).
He was nominated for a 1976 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Switch Bitch" at the Organic Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois.
He was nominated for the 1977 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role for his performance in the play, "Cops" at the Organic Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Personal Quotes (1)

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.

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