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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 20 September 1949Harlem, New York, USA
Birth NameAnthony John Sarrero
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Award-winning actor Tony Denison joined the cast of The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick, as Det. Andy Flynn in 2005, which quickly became TNT's # 1 Drama. Transitioning his role onto the spin-off series Major Crimes, Lt. Flynn is a consistent fan-favorite known for his antics opposite GW Bailey's Lt. Provenza and for his character's rumored romance with Mary McDonnell's Capt. Sharon Raydor, which fans refer to as #Shandy.

Denison has received a Prism Award by the Entertainment Industry Council for Outstanding Performance in a Drama Series and five SAG nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. As a popular television guest star, he's appeared on ABC's Castle, in the final season of FX's hit show Sons of Anarchy and had a recurring arc on FOX's Prison Break.

With a passion for cooking sparked by his starring role in the film festival favorite Trattoria (available now on DVD), Denison makes a delicious French Toast Italia Style with Ricotta Cheese and a mean Eggplant Parmesan, which can also be found in the Major Crimes Cast & Crew cookbook to benefit The Sunshine Kids Foundation. He has made several appearances preparing his signature dishes on CBS, The Better Show, Hallmark's Home & Family and FOX. He has also been seen on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Hollywood Today Live, Hell's Kitchen, and is a frequent guest on KTLA's Morning Show.

He also completed four independent films including the final chapter based off Ayn Rand's popular series, Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? where he starred alongside Backstrom's Kristoffer Polaha, the modern-day thriller, Dirty, with Chaz Bono and Alexandra Paul, Clarity alongside former Major Crimes co-star Nadine Velazquez, and another thriller called Dementia.

Denison made his momentous television debut starring in Michael Mann's critically acclaimed drama Crime Story as Ray Luca. He received a fistful of kudos, including TIME Magazine's recognition as "Televisions Best Villain of the Decade," and applause for his portrayal of the infamous John Gotti.

Denison's personal mission is to maintain his blue-collar values in a gold collar profession and is a sought after celebrity presenter and host at entertainment industry awards shows and as an avid poker player, he can be seen participating in many charity poker tournaments. He is dedicated to helping others whenever possible and donates his spare time to The Sunshine Kids Foundation, which makes dreams come true for chronically ill and physically challenged youths.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nadine Jolson

Spouse (1)

Jennifer Evans (June 1986 - 2008) (divorced)

Trivia (8)

Born to Sicilian parents, he eldest of three children, he was raised in Harlem. In late 1979, he had a job as an actor and director for a nonprofit theater. He took the name Denison from his friend Jan Denison, who supported him in his pursuit to act.
In 1977, he was a life-insurance agent for John Hancock Insurance in Poughkeepsie, New York. He spent his spare time in various stage plays in New Paltz, New York.
Denison is his godmother's name.
When Ken Wahl, the star of Wiseguy (1987), suffered an injury that incapcitated him, Denison was chosen to fill the gap by playing another agent, who appeared for the duration of storyline that the show was engaged in at the time.
Has worked in construction, as a chess tournament promoter, a backgammon tournament promoter, a life-insurance salesperson, a chauffeur, and a newspaper editor.
He used the profits from his own construction company to pay for his college education.
Went to State University of New York (SUNY) in New Paltz, New York. Received a bachelor's degree.
Has been married twice. His first marriage was in the 1970s and ended before the decade was over.

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