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Dennis Franz

Highest Rated:   85% Blow Out (1981)
Lowest Rated:   33% A Fine Mess (1986)
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Born October 28th, 1944, Chicago native Dennis Franz (originally Dennis Schlachta) spent 11 months in an airborne division during the Vietnam War. Afterwards, Franz became a postman -- and, by his own admission, not a very good one. Short, bald, overweight and scrappy, he decided to establish himself as a character actor, making the rounds of Windy City casting agencies in search of film work. Franz made his film debut in a bit part in De Palma's The Fury (1978). He made his TV debut as beat cop Joe Gilland in the 1982 TV series Chicago Story. Franz went on to become a "regular" in the various projects of producer Steven Bochco, playing baseball coach Angelo Carbone on the four-episode Bay City Blues (1983), and two different roles -- unscrupulous detective Sal Benedetto and streetwise lieutenant Norman Buntz -- on the popular Hill Street Blues. An attempt to capitalize on his Hill Street fame led to the short-lived 1987 series Beverly Hills Buntz. In 1993, Dennis Franz was back with Bochco on the controversial series NYPD Blue; once again, he played a cop, this time a recovering alcoholic trying to reassemble his shattered personal life and career. His gritty portrayal of Detective Andy Sipowicz is considered his best role and has won Franz multiple Emmy awards. While primarily a television actor, Franz has appeared in numerous feature films and has worked with such esteemed directors as Brian De Palma and Robert Altman. As with his television career, he is frequently cast as a police officer. After working with silver screen sweetheart Meg Ryan in 1998's City of Angels, Franz continued his work on NYPD Blue until the series was completed in 2002 after a 10 season run.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
74% This Old Cub
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet America: A Tribute to Heroes
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet The Heat: Behind the Badge
  • Narrator
2000
58% City of Angels
  • Messinger
1998
74% American Buffalo
  • Don
1996
No Score Yet Texas Justice
  • Richard `Racehorse' Haynes
1995
No Score Yet Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire
  • Producer
  • R.E. `Gus' Payne
1994
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion
  • Bob Bryant
1992
No Score Yet N.Y.P.D. Mounted
  • Anthony 'Tony' Spampatta
1991
No Score Yet Kiss Shot
  • Max Fleischer
1991
68% Die Hard 2
  • Carmine Lorenzo
1990
64% The Package
  • Milan Delich
1989
33% A Fine Mess
  • Phil
1986
No Score Yet Deadly Messages
  • Lucas
1985
79% Body Double
  • Rubin
1984
59% Psycho II
  • Toomey
1983
85% Blow Out
  • Karp
1981
59% Popeye
  • Spike
1980
81% Dressed to Kill
  • Detective Marino
1980
No Score Yet A Perfect Couple
  • Costa
1979
No Score Yet Stony Island
  • Jerry Domino
1978
73% A Wedding
  • Koons
1978
75% Remember My Name
  • Franks
1978
75% The Fury
  • Bob
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
84% NYPD Blue
1993-2005
  • Det. Andy Sipowicz
  • 2019
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
  • Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2000
85% The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1994
No Score Yet Matlock
1986-1995
  • Jack Brennert Jack
  • 1989
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
1981-1987
  • Det. Sal Benedetto/Lt. Norman Buntz Benedetto Norman Buntz
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1983
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
  • Brooks Sam Friendly
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
No Score Yet Hunter
1984-1991
  • Jack Molinas
  • 1985
No Score Yet Mighty Ducks
1997
  • Voice
40% Nasty Boys
1990
  • Lt. Stan Krieger

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