Dennis Franz

Actor, Playwright, Mailman
Two decades of playing cops in films and on television prepared actor Dennis Franz for the role of his lifetime - that of troubled Detective Andy Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005). A rage-filled alcoholic with ... Read more »
Born: 10/28/1944 in Maywood, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (101)

We Believe 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Alf's Hit Talk Show 1993 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1991 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1993 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue: A Final Tribute 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Presenter

8th Annual Prism Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

A Merry Mickey Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

NYPD 24/7 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Presenter

This Old Cub 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Honeymooners 50th Anniversary 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI Awards 2001 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

America: A Tribute to Heroes 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

American Veteran Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Performer

An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind the Fame: L.A. Law/Hill Street Blues 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dustin Hoffman: First in His Class 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

Intimate Portrait: Sharon Lawrence 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Martha Stewart: The Best of Everything 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Performer

The 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

1st Annual Laureus Sports Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Presenter

50th Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

Behind the Badge 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

Influences: From Yesterday to Today 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 1999 ESPY Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

ALMA Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

Anthony Perkins: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Weddings (07/12/98) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

City of Angels 1998 (Movie)

Nathaniel Messinger (Actor)

Mighty Ducks 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

It Just Takes One 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Marry Me! 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

A Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

American Buffalo 1996 (Movie)

Bobby (Actor)

Chicago on Stage 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Cops on the Edge 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Film Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

Healing the Hate 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

People Yearbook '95 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Springfield's Most Wanted 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual American Music Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Presenter

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Cops on the Edge 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Lassie Unleashed: 280 Dog Years in TV 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Screen Actors Guild Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Texas Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ultimate TV Trivia Challenge 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1994 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

N.Y.P.D. Mounted 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Die Hard 2: Die Harder 1990 (Movie)

Carmine Lorenzo (Actor)

Easy Come, Easy Go 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Kill or Be Killed 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Nasty Boys 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Package 1989 (Movie)

Milan Delich (Actor)

Beverly Hills Buntz 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Pat Hobby Teamed With Genius 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hill Street Blues 1980 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Patsy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

A Fine Mess 1986 (Movie)

Phil (Actor)

America Talks Back 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Scene of the Crime 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Bay City Blues 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Body Double 1984 (Movie)

Rubin (Actor)

Psycho II 1983 (Movie)

Toomey (Actor)

Chicago Story 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Blow Out 1981 (Movie)

Manny Karp (Actor)

Chicago Story 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Dressed to Kill 1980 (Movie)

Detective Marino (Actor)

Popeye 1980 (Movie)

Spike (Actor)

A Perfect Couple 1978 (Movie)

Costa (Actor)

Remember My Name 1978 (Movie)

Franks (Actor)

Stony Island 1978 (Movie)

Jerry Domino (Actor)

The Fury 1978 (Movie)

Kidnapped Cop (Actor)

A Wedding 1977 (Movie)

Koons--Male Security Guard (Actor)

Deadly Messages (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss Shot (TV Show)

Actor

Nasty Boys (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Two decades of playing cops in films and on television prepared actor Dennis Franz for the role of his lifetime - that of troubled Detective Andy Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-2005). A rage-filled alcoholic with unbridled contempt for minorities and gays, it took an actor of Franz's talent and presence to find the sympathetic elements beneath his bristling hide, and Franz brought them out in every single episode of the benchmark series, earning four Emmys in the process. Prior to his success on "Blue," Franz was a veteran of the Chicago theater scene and a character actor specializing in cops and heels, most notably on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC, 1981-1987) as Lt. Norman Buntz. But "NYPD Blue" provided his finest hours, and ensured Franz a place in television history as one of the medium's most complicated lawmen.

Relationships

Heidi Deigl

Sister
born c. 1935

Franz Schlachta

Father

Eleanor Schlachta

Mother

Marlene Schraut

Sister
born c. 1938

Joanie Zeck

Wife
together since 1982 married on April 1, 1995

Krista Zeck

Step-Daughter
born c. 1976

Tricia Zeck

Step-Daughter
born c. 1974

EDUCATION

Southern Illinois University

Illinois 1969

Wright Junior College

Chicago , Illinois

Proviso West High School

Maywood , Illinois

Southern Illinois University

Illinois 1969

Milestones

2000

Lampooned his tough-guy image by giving a hilarious turn as an abusive husband-turned-rotting-corpse in the Dixie Chicks' music video "Goodbye, Earl"

1999

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (February 19)

1998

Had featured role as an angel who eschews his celestial life for the pleasure of living on earth in the romantic drama "City of Angels"

1996

Acted in the film version of David Mamet's play "American Buffalo" opposite Dustin Hoffman

1993

Starred as Andy Sipowicz in Bochco's controversial cop show, "NYPD Blue" (ABC); won four Emmy Awards (to date)

1992

Had cameo in Robert Altman's "The Player"

1990

Played a cop in the big-screen actioner "Die Hard 2: Die Harder"

1983

Cast as part of the ensemble in Bochco's short-lived (four episodes) baseball series, "Bay City Blues" (NBC)

1983

Began association with Steven Bochco with a two-episode guest spot on "Hill Street Blues" (NBC)

1982

Debut as TV series regular, "Chicago Story" (NBC)

1978

First film with director Brian De Palma, "The Fury"

1978

Feature debut, Robert Altman's "A Wedding"

1968

Drafted in the military after graduating from college; served an 11-month tour of duty in Vietnam

Tried out for a part in his high school production of "The Crucible" only because his girlfriend was auditioning; he got a part while she did not

Moved to L.A. on the advice of Altman and De Palma; traveled cross-country with Mantegna and Mantegna's wife

Starred in the "Hill Street" spin-off, "Beverly Hills Buntz" (NBC)

Co-wrote the popular play, "Bleacher Bums"; later broadcast on PBS

Professional acting debut in the play "Cops", co-starred Joe Mantegna and Meshach Taylor

Joined the Organic Theater Company in Chicago

After military service, organized several theater companies in the Chicago area with some college friends

Joined the cast of "Hill Street Blues" as Lieutenant Norman Buntz

Bonus Trivia

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Andy Sipiwicz on "NYPD Blue" is Franz' 28th role as a cop.

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