Dennis Franz

Dennis Franz

Oct. 28th, 1944
Born in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
5' 10

Dennis Franz's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Hill Street Blues TV Show
Hill Street Blues
NYPD Blue TV Show
Mighty Ducks TV Show
Mighty Ducks
NYPD 24/7 TV Show
NYPD 24/7
Beverly Hills Buntz TV Show
Beverly Hills Buntz
Chicago Story TV Show
Chicago Story
Nasty Boys TV Show
Nasty Boys

Main Movie Roles

1998 - City of Angels
1996 - American Buffalo
1992 - The Player
1990 - Die Hard 2: Die Harder
1989 - The Package
1986 - A Fine Mess
1985 - Runaway Train
1983 - Scarface
1983 - Psycho II
1981 - Blow Out
1980 - Popeye
1980 - Dressed to Kill
1978 - The Fury
1965 - Mickey One

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Angelo Carbone
Sgt. Jackie Molinas
Jack Brennert
Frank Mahoney
Andros Margolis
Inspector Frank Menlo
Himself as Homer Simpson (Voiced)
Earl Bertane
[Complete List]


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 (I) 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.

  • In high school, he was active in baseball, football and swimming
  • 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.
  • Was a mailman before becoming an actor
  • Always travels with a pet bird.
  • 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
  • Frequently plays cops
  • Children: Tricia (b. 1974) and Krista (b. 1976).
  • Franz's own recipes are included in "The Cop Cookbook" by Greta Garner-Hewitt, Ken Beck and Jim Clark, published in 1997.

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