Dennis Franz

Dennis Franz

Highest Rated: 85% Blow Out (1981)

Lowest Rated: 33% A Fine Mess (1986)

Birthday: Oct 28, 1944

Birthplace: Not Available

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.


Highest Rated Movies



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


84% NYPD Blue
Det. Andy Sipowicz 2019
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Guest 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
Guest 2000
85% The Simpsons
Voice 1994
No Score Yet Matlock
Jack Brennert Jack 1989
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
Det. Sal Benedetto/Lt. Norman Buntz Benedetto Norman Buntz 1987
No Score Yet The A-Team
Brooks Sam Friendly 1986
No Score Yet Hunter
Jack Molinas 1985
No Score Yet Mighty Ducks
40% Nasty Boys
Lt. Stan Krieger


Detective Marino says: Well look Miss.. Miss Blake, you're gonna save me a lot of trouble by finding this, this Ted from out of town and getting him in town and downtown and in here to sign this statement as to exactly what he saw and when he saw it.

Liz Blake says: How the hell am I supposed to know where he is?

Detective Marino says: Well if you can't find him I sure can't. And anyway, you got a lot better motivation than I do: your ass.

Detective Marino says: So what were you doing there? [at the hotel]

Detective Marino says: So what were you doing there?

Liz Blake says: I had a job.

Detective Marino says: Who?

Liz Blake says: You want me to get in trouble don't you?

Detective Marino says: You are in trouble.

Liz Blake says: Hey, I didn't kill her.

Detective Marino says: So who were you fucking?

Liz Blake says: Ted, I didn't get his last name. He's from out of town.

Detective Marino says: [Sarcastically] Oh, oh, that's great. Yeah, Ted from out of town ...that's almost as good as the blonde from the elevator.

Detective Marino says: Oh, oh, that's great. Yeah, Ted from out of town. That's almost as good as the blonde from the elevator.

Messinger says: Some things are true whether you believe 'em or not.