Dennis Franz Poster


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Overview (3)

Born in Maywood, Illinois, USA
Birth NameDennis Franz Schlacta
Height 5' 10" (1.78 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, who 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 eleven months 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>

Family (2)

Spouse Joanie Zeck (1 April 1995 - present)
Parents Franz Schlachta
Eleanor Schlachta

Trade Mark (4)

Always wore a short-sleeved shirt under a jacket on NYPD Blue (1993)
Frequently plays policemen
Frequently cast by Brian De Palma
Strong gravelly voice

Trivia (25)

Before entering Hill Street Blues (1981), as Norm Buntz, appeared as Sal Benedetto for a few episodes.
Stepchildren: Tricia (born 1974) and Krista (born 1976). Both are from his wife Joanie Zeck's first marriage.
Always travels with a pet bird.
Attended and graduated from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois in 1962.
After graduating from college, he was drafted into the United States Army. He served 11 months with the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions in Vietnam.
Was considered for the role of Vic in the comedy-drama film American Graffiti (1973), which went to Joe Spano.
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 role in a school play called "The Crucible" because his girlfriend was auditioning. He won the role 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" [June 10, 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 on February 19, 1999.
Parents are Franz Ferdinard and Eleanor Schlachta; has two sisters: Heidi (born 1935) and Marlene (born 1938).
Lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Appears in the music video for the The Chicks' single "Goodbye Earl".
He is the son of Ellinore (Mueller) and Franz Ferdinand Schlachta. Dennis's father was born in Wattenshield, Germany, to Jakob Schlachta and Regina Katharina Dolinga, and had German and Polish ancestry. Dennis's mother was born in Chicago, to Ismar Mueller/Miller and Martha Hecht, who were both Jewish emigrants, Ismar from Dyhernfurth, Silesia and Martha from Prague.

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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