In 1994, Dennis won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series playing Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue.
In 1999, Dennis won another Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series playing Det. Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue.
In 1997, Dennis was nominated an Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program playing Captain Klegghorn on Mighty Ducks.
In 1996-1997, Dennis won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series playing Det. Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue.
Dennis was nominated for 6 SAG Awards for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" from 1995-2000 for NYPD Blue. They won in 1995.
He was also nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series" from 1995-2002. He won in 1995 and 1997.
Dennis Franz has two birds named Mario and Maria.
Dennis Franz loves to listen to 50's rock and country-western music.
Dennis Franz is Jewish.
The first cop that Dennis Franz ever played was in a play called Cops at the Organic Theater Company.
In June of 2004, Dennis Franz's character on NYPD BLUE, Andy Sipowicz, was ranked #31 in TV Guide's list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.
Dennis Franz loves to go skiing and play golf.
Before Dennis Franz was an actor, he was a postal carrier.
Dennis Franz has a dog named Bigelow.
Dennis Franz sits on the board for the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance.
While in high school, Dennis Franz was active in sports. He was on the baseball, football, and swim teams.
In 1997, Dennis Franz had one of his own recipes published in the The Cop Cookbook.
In 1962, Dennis Franz graduated from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois.
When Dennis Franz travels, he always brings his pet birds, Mario and Maria, along.
While on NYPD Blue, Dennis Franz was known for only wearing short sleeved dress shirts underneath his suits.
Dennis Franz was drafted into the military right after college and was in Vietnam for 11 month.
Dennis Franz graduated from Southern Illinois University, in Illinois.
Dennis Franz is 5'10" tall.
His original last name is spelled Schlachta.
Franz's ability to be an actor and be the best at it, has been short to none.
Dennis Franz gave his voice to the show, NYPD 24/7. He was the narrator. This show only lasted one season, around about the time of the end of NYPD Blue.
Franz's critical acclaim has made him a superstar on the silver screen.
Dennis considers himself to be an excellent role model to kids.
Throughout Dennis' TV roles, the majority of them have been some type of police figure.
Dennis' most famous portrayal was for Andy Sipowicz, a detective in the long running, critically acclaimed, Emmy Award winning police drama NYPD Blue. Andy was the main character and lasted the full 12 years and seasons.
Dennis had a small role in the comedy movie A Perfect Couple.
Dennis had a role in the movie The Package.
Dennis Franz had a major role alongside Whoopi Goldberg in the drama movie Kiss Shot.
Franz had a big role in the film Dressed to Kill.
Dennis had a small role in the action packed thriller Die Hard 2.
Dennis had a role in the movie City of Angels.
Dennis had a role in the movie Body Double.
Dennis had a big role in the John Travolta film Blow Out.
Dennis played a small role in the movie American Buffalo.
Dennis was in the movie Psycho II. He mentioned the movie very sneakily in an episode of NYPD Blue.
Dennis is very good friends with Steven Bochco.
Dennis enjoys smoking cigars.
Dennis met his future wife, Joanie Zeck, on April Fools' Day in 1982. They got married in 1995, on April Fools' Day.
He was born in Maywood, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.
He served as grand marshal for the Santa Barbara Downtown Organization's Holiday Parade in December 2005.
Big fan of Martha Stewart, as he stated on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Dennis Franz: I consider myself fortunate that I've been able to find a character that people have responded to.
Dennis Franz: I respect people and expect that kind of respect back.
Dennis Franz: Everyone needs to be proactive and know the various warning signs of cancer. Early detection and research to make detection easier at earlier stages, along with the treatments needs, is still a must. I salute all those winning the battle.
Dennis Franz: (talking about the character Andy Sipowicz) I'm fortunate in the sense that people want to stick around and share the misery that Sipowicz has to deal with on a weekly basis for this long of a time.
Dennis Franz: For lack of a better term, they've labeled me a sex symbol. It's flattering and it should happen to every bald, overweight guy.