Dennis Franz biography
Date of Birth: October 28, 1944
He will always be identified with Sal Benedetto,
the beefy cop on-the-take in TV's Hill Street Blues, and
N.Y.P.D. Blue, in which he plays virtually the same character.
By the time he started playing the donut-enhanced detective on
TV, he was already familiar with the role, having played a security
guard in The Wedding and a cop in The Fury.
Franz has been named TV Guide's Villain
of the Year and has been touted as a new kind of sex symbol,
which comes as a big surprise to the overweight actor. But women
know the magnetism of a powerful, testosterone-driven man, and
melted when he proposed to Joanie Zeck at his 50th birthday party.
For this, he was named one of The Ten Most Romantic Couples
in People magazine in 1995.
Franz was born in Maywood, Illinois and earned
a degree in Speech and Drama from Southern Illinois University.
Afterwards, he went to Vietnam for nearly a year of intense fighting.
He came back to Chicago and joined the Organic Theater for a
production called Cops, acting along side his pal Joe Mantegna.
He continued to play cops in Hollywood until he got the call
from Steven Bochco to play Benedetto, which was a blessing as
the name implies.
Bochco later invited Franz to play Detective
Andy Sipowicz in N.Y.P.D. Blue. His character was scripted
to die after the first episode, but Franz's talents were too huge
to put down. He added a whole new dimension to police drama with
his portrayal of an alcoholic in recovery, proving that his heart
was the bigger than his kiester, which he exposed on the show
on Thanksgiving Day in 1995.
Dennis Franz Filmography
City Of Angels (1998)
The Face-Off (1997) (voice)
American Buffalo (1996)
The Player (1992)
Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)
The Package (1989)
A Fine Mess (1986)
Body Double (1984)
Psycho II (1983)
Blow Out (1981)
Dressed to Kill (1980)
A Perfect Couple (1979)
A Wedding (1978)
Remember My Name (1978)
Stony Island (1978)
The Fury (1978)