Dennis Franz

Highest Rated: 98% The Player (1992)
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
98% The Player Himself 1992
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
78% Body Double Rubin 1984
61% Psycho II Toomey 1983
87% Blow Out Karp 1981
59% Popeye Spike 1980
84% Dressed to Kill Detective Marino 1980
No Score Yet A Perfect Couple Costa 1979
No Score Yet Stony Island Jerry Domino 1978
70% A Wedding Koons 1978
75% Remember My Name Franks 1978
80% The Fury Bob 1978


84% NYPD Blue
Det. Andy Sipowicz
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  • 2005
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No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • 2000
85% The Simpsons
  • 1994
No Score Yet Hill Street Blues
Det. Sal Benedetto/Lt. Norman Buntz Benedetto Norman Buntz
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No Score Yet The A-Team
Brooks Sam Friendly
  • 1986
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No Score Yet Mighty Ducks
40% Nasty Boys
Lt. Stan Krieger