Dennis Franz Biography (1944-)

Original name, Dennis Franz Schlachta; born October 28, 1944, in Maywood, IL;son of Franz (a baker and postal worker) and Eleanor (a postal worker) Schlachta; married Joanie Zeck (also known as Joan Schreibeis; an executive recruiter and corporate gift buyer), April 1, 1995; stepchildren: Krista Zeck, Tricia Zeck. Addresses: Office: c/o Stephen Bochco Productions, 10201 WestPico Blvd., Bldg. 1, Los Angeles, CA 90035.; Agent: Paradigm Talent Agency,10100 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 2500, Los Angeles, CA 90067-4003.; Publicist:Cynthia Snyder, Cynthia Snyder Public Relations, 5739 Colefax Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91601.; Contact: Talent Group, Inc., 6300 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90048.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, producer, writer
Birth Details
October 28, 1944
Maywood, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Officer Joe Gilland, Chicago Story, NBC, 1982
  • Angelo Carbone, Bay City Blues, NBC, 1983
  • "Bad Sal" Benedetto, a recurring role, Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1983
  • Lieutenant Norman Buntz, Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1985-1987
  • Norman Buntz, Beverly Hills Buntz, NBC, 1987-1988
  • Lieutenant Stan Krieger, Nasty Boys, NBC, 1990
  • Detective Andy Sipowicz, NYPD Blue, ABC, 1993-
  • Voice of Officer Klegghorn, Mighty Ducks (also known as Disney's Mighty Ducks and Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series), ABC, 1996
  • Movies
  • Detective Max Lucas, Deadly Messages, ABC, 1985
  • Max Fleisher, Kiss Shot, CBS, 1989
  • Lieutenant Stan Krieger, Kill or Be Killed (also known as LoneJustice and Nasty Boys Part II: Lone Justice), NBC, 1990
  • Anthony "Tony" Spampatta, N.Y.P.D. Mounted (also known as N.Y.Mounted), CBS, 1991
  • Bob Bryant, In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (also known as Children of Fury, In the Line of Duty: The Hostage Murders, and In the Line of Duty: Standoff at Marion), NBC, 1992
  • Also appeared in Look at Me.
  • Miniseries
  • Richard "Racehorse" Haynes, Texas Justice, ABC, 1995
  • Pilots
  • Officer Joe Gilland, Chicago Story, NBC, 1981
  • Scene of the Crime, NBC, 1984
  • Lieutenant Max Krieger, Nasty Boys, NBC, 1989
  • Murray Seidelman, Civil Wars, 1991
  • Episodic
  • Sam Friendly, "Chopping Spree," The A-Team, NBC, 1984
  • Andros Margolis, "Hardcore Connection," T. J. Hooker, ABC, 1984
  • Tony Boutros, "Did You See the One That Got Away," Hardcastle and McCormick, ABC, 1984
  • Earl Bertane, "Double Your Pleasure," Riptide, 1984
  • "The Sister," E/R, 1984
  • Sergeant Jackie Malenez, "Snow Queen: Parts 1 & 2," Hunter, NBC, 1985
  • Brooks, "Beverly Hills Assault," The A-Team, NBC, 1985
  • Frank Menlo, "Female of the Species," Street Hawk, 1985
  • Frank Mahoney, "Almost Foolproof," Simon & Simon, CBS, 1985
  • Joe Haynes, "There Goes the Neighborhood," Hardcastle and McCormick, ABC, 1985
  • Jack Brennert, "The Mayor: Parts 1 & 2," Matlock, NBC, 1989
  • Detective Grainger, "Easy Come, Easy Go," Christine Cromwell, ABC,1989
  • Late Show with David Letterman, multiple episodes, beginning 1993
  • Voice of himself as Homer, "Homer Badman," The Simpsons (animated), Fox, 1994
  • "The Curse of the Faro," Buddy Faro, CBS, 1998
  • Andy's father, "I Have a Dream," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1999
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, CBS, 2000, 2001
  • Also appeared in an episode of America's Most Wanted and as a panelist in The List.
  • Specials
  • Zig, Bleacher Bums, PBS, 1979
  • America Talks Back, NBC, 1986
  • Louie, "Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Pat Hobby Teamed with Genius" (also known as "Pat Hobby Teamed with Genius"), Great Performances, PBS,1987
  • Lassie Unleashed: 280 Dog Years in TV (also known as Lassie: ADog Star--40 Years in Television), ABC, 1994
  • Comic Relief VI, HBO, 1994
  • Gus Payne, Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire (also known asCaught in the Crossfire), NBC, 1994
  • The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration, ABC, 1995
  • A Gala for the President at Ford's Theatre, ABC, 1995
  • Cops on the Edge, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Host, Chicago on Stage, PBS, 1995
  • The Ultimate TV Trivia Challenge, ABC, 1995
  • Springfield's Most Wanted, Fox, 1995
  • Sinatra: 80 Years My Way, ABC, 1995
  • People Yearbook '95, CBS, 1995
  • The Opening Ceremonies of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games, NBC, 1995
  • Martha Stewart: Welcome Home for the Holidays, CBS, 1996
  • Marry Me!, The Family Channel, 1996
  • Host and narrator, Healing the Hate, USA Network, 1996
  • It Just Takes One, USA Network, 1997
  • 50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Golden Anniversary, HBO, 1997
  • Anthony Perkins: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1997
  • To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th, CBS, 1998
  • Celebrity Weddings, E! Entertainment Television, 1998
  • Host, TV Guide Looks at Cops, 1998
  • Influences: From Yesterday to Today, CBS, 1999
  • Narrator, Behind the Badge, The Learning Channel, 1999
  • Intimate Portrait: Sharon Lawrence, Lifetime, 2000
  • America: A Tribute to Heroes, multiple networks, 2001
  • E! Rank: 25 Toughest Stars, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • Martha Stewart: The Best of Everything, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Dustin Hoffman: First in His Class, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Presenter, Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute, TNT, 2002
  • TV's Most Censored Moments, 2002
  • Inside NYPD Blue: A Decade on the Job, ABC, 2002
  • The Honeymooners 50th Anniversary, CBS, 2002
  • Behind the Fame: L.A. Law/Hill Street Blues, The Learning Channel,2002
  • An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre, ABC, 2002
  • Also appeared in Bloody Bess, PBS; and Waiting for Godot, PBS.
  • Awards Presentations
  • The Patsy Awards, syndicated, 1987
  • Presenter, The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1994
  • Presenter, Screen Actors Guild Awards, NBC, 1995
  • Presenter, The 47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1995
  • The 23rd Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Presenter, Family Film Awards, CBS, 1996
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1996
  • Presenter, The 1996 Emmy Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Presenter, The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 1997
  • ALMA Awards, ABC, 1998
  • Presenter, Walt Disney Company Presents the 8th American Teacher Awards, The Disney Channel, 1998
  • Presenter, The 50th Emmy Awards, NBC, 1998
  • Presenter, The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 1999
  • Presenter, TV Guide Awards, Fox, 1999
  • Presenter, 1999 ESPY Awards, ESPN, 1999
  • Presenter, The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 2000
  • Presenter, 1st Annual Laureus Sports Awards, TNT, 2000
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2001
  • The 2001 TV Guide Awards, Fox, 2001
  • American Veteran Awards, History Channel, 2002
  • Presenter, AFI Awards 2001, CBS, 2002
  • Other
  • The Great American Quiz Show, 1987
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Coproducer, Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire (also known as Caught in the Crossfire), NBC, 1994
  • Film Appearances
  • Bob, The Fury, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978
  • Franks, Remember My Name, Columbia, 1978
  • Jerry Domino, Stony Island (also known as My Main Man from Stony Island), World-Northal, 1978
  • Koons, A Wedding, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978
  • Costa, A Perfect Couple, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1979
  • Detective Marino, Dressed to Kill, Filmways, 1980
  • Spike, Popeye, Paramount, 1980
  • Manny Karp, Blow Out, Filmways, 1981
  • Warren Toomey, Psycho II (also known as Psicosos 2 and Psycose 2), Universal, 1983
  • Rubin, Body Double, Columbia, 1984
  • Phil, A Fine Mess (also known as Blake Edwards' A Fine Mess), Columbia, 1986
  • Lieutenant Milan Delich, The Package, Orion, 1989
  • Captain Carmine Lorenzo, Die Hard 2: Die Harder (also known as Die Hard 2), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • The Player, Fine Line, 1992
  • Don "Donny" Dubrow, American Buffalo, Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1996
  • Voice of Captain Klegghorn, Mighty Ducks, the Movie: The First Face-Off, Buena Vista Home Video, 1997
  • Nathaniel Messinger, City of Angels (also known as Stadt der Engel), Warner Bros., 1998
  • Stage Appearances
  • Zig, Bleacher Bums, Organic Theatre Company, Chicago, IL, 1977, then Performing Garage Theatre and American Place Theatre, both New York City,1978
  • Earl MacMillan, Brothers, South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa, CA, 1983
  • Also appeared in Antigone, Chemin de Fer, Cops, Luv, Sirens of Titan, Volpone, and The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, all in Chicago; and in the title role, Macbeth, Organic Theatre Company.
  • Radio Appearances
  • Appeared on "A Diamond in the Rough," Chicago Theatres on the Air.
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Slashing "Dressed to Kill," Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists Home Entertainment, 2001
  • The Making of "Dressed to Kill," 2001
  • Appeared in the Dixie Chicks music videos "Goodbye, Earl," c. 1999, and "Earl Had to Die," 2000.
  • WRITINGS
  • Stage Plays
  • (With others) Bleacher Bums, Organic Theatre Company, Chicago, IL,1977, then Performing Garage Theatre and American Place Theatre, both New York City, 1978

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books
    • Newsmakers 1995, Issue 4, Gale, 1995
    Periodicals
    • Chicago Sun-Times, April 12, 1998
    • Entertainment Weekly, March 21, 1997, p. 88
    • In Style, June, 2000, pp. 368-72
    • Movieline, May, 1998, pp. 16-17
    • Penthouse, September, 1994, pp. 202-06, 274-76
    • People Weekly, April 21, 1997, p. 89
    • Playboy, July, 1995, pp. 112-14, 156-59
    • Rosie, June, 2002, pp. 90-92, 94
    • TV Guide, April 11, 1998, pp. 49-51; July 17, 1999, pp. 18-22, 42

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