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Dennis Franz

Andy Sipowicz in NYPD Blue

Photos Dennis Franz Birth name: Dennis Franz Schlacta
Birth date: 1944/10/28 (75 years old)
Birth place : Chicago
Height: 1.78 m

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Biography for Dennis Franz

Dennis Franz was born Dennis Franz Schlacta in Maywood, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. His father was a German immigrant and both he and Franz's mother, 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 married the former Joanie Zeck in 1982 and has aided her in raising her two daughters, Krista (born 1976) and Tricia (born 1974).


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Title Role
America's Top Sleuths (2006) (mini) TV mini-series Det. Andy Sipowicz
NYPD Blue Det. Andy Sipowicz / ... (261 episodes, 1993-2005)
City of Angels (1998) Nathaniel Messinger
Mighty Ducks the Movie: The First Face-Off (1997) (V) (voice) Captain Klegghorn
Mighty Ducks Captain Klegghorn (3 episodes, 1996)
American Buffalo (1996) Don 'Donny' Dubrow, Owner Rvterbands Variety
Healing the Hate (1996) (TV) Host
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1 episode, 1995)
Texas Justice (1995) (TV) Richard 'Racehorse' Haynes
Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire (1994) (TV) Gus Payne
In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (1992) (TV) Bob Bryant
Civil Wars (1 episode, 1991)
N.Y.P.D. Mounted (1991) (TV) Anthony 'Tony' Spampatta
Die Hard 2 (1990) Capt. Carmine Lorenzo
Nasty Boys Lt. Stan Krieger (1 episode, 1990)
Nasty Boys, Part 2: Lone Justice (1990) (TV)
Christine Cromwell (1 episode, 1989)
The Package (1989) Lt. Milan Delich
Kiss Shot (1989) (TV) Max Fleischer
Matlock Jack Brennert (2 episodes, 1989)
Beverly Hills Buntz (1987) TV series Norman Buntz (unknown episodes)
Hill Street Blues Lt. Norman Buntz / ... (16 episodes, 1983-1987)
Tales from the Hollywood Hills: Pat Hobby Teamed with Genius (1987) (TV) Louie
A Fine Mess (1986) Phil
Street Hawk Frank Menlo (1 episode, 1985)
The A-Team Brooks / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Hunter Sgt. Jackie Molinas (2 episodes, 1985)
Deadly Messages (1985) (TV) Detective Max Lucas
Hardcastle and McCormick Joe Hayes / ... (2 episodes, 1984-1985)
Simon & Simon Frank Mahoney (1 episode, 1985)
T.J. Hooker (1 episode, 1984)
Body Double (1984) Rubin
E/R (1 episode, 1984)
Riptide Earl Bertane (1 episode, 1984)
Scarface (1983) (voice) (uncredited) Immigration Officer
Bay City Blues Angelo Carbone (4 episodes, 1983)
Psycho II (1983) Warren Toomey
Chicago Story (1982) TV series Off. Joe Gilland (unknown episodes)
Blow Out (1981) Manny Karp
Chicago Story (1981) (TV) Officer Joe Gilland
Popeye (1980) Spike
Dressed to Kill (1980) Detective Marino
Bleacher Bums (1979) (TV)
A Perfect Couple (1979) Costa
Stony Island (1978) Jerry Domino
A Wedding (1978) Koons
The Fury (1978) Bob Eggleston


Before entering "Hill Street Blues" (1981), as Norm Buntz, appeared as Sal Benedetto for a few episodes.

Always travels with a pet bird.

Graduated from Proviso East H.S. Maywood IL, in 1962.

Served 11 months in Vietnam with the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions.

Frequently plays cops

Franz's 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 didn't

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 Emmys.



Spouse : Joanie Zeck (1 April 1995 - present)

Children: Tricia and Krista

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 08/01/2008 by abdest

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