Dennis Franz

Dennis Franz


10/28/1944, Maywood, Illinois, USA

Birth Name

Dennis Franz Schlacta


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Dennis Franz was born Dennis Franz Schlacta in Maywood, a suburb of Chicago. His father was a German immigrant and both he and Franz's mother were postal workers. He has two sisters, named Marlene and Heidi. He graduated from Southern Illinois University and was drafted into the military.…more


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  • to dennis franz

    i am requesting an 8x10 to place on my wall of fame. you will be in a company of five presidents to name a few.

    greg fedorowicz

    686 orange tree drive

    orange tree drive

    orange city fl, 32763

    i am a disabled veteran and served in the us navy. it shows in your bio you served in vietnam and i am glad to say thank you for your service during those years. i guess you can say to compare i am the youngster. i enlisted in 8/1/1979 and switched to pdrl 12/22/1998 under chapter 61. i am retired due to a injury on board the uss haliburton ffg 40. two questions, can you please send me a 8x10 and 2nd which service did you serve in, army, navy, air force, or marinesmoreless
  • Dennis Franz really defined not just what a tough cop is but what an all around cop goes through.

    This guy defined what a tough cop is. Franz really is one of the best actors in the business in portraying what a gritty, tough nosed, cop should be.

    Forget about the other imposters out there (Vic Mackey) Franz's portrayal came way, way before. Characters like Andy Sipowicz and Det. Sal Benedetto in "Hill Street Blues" really showed all the depths that a cop should be.

    Andy was tough, gritty but could be also loving, caring and smart. Steven Boncho was smart he didn't just make this guy into an uncaring, criminal pig who abuses the badge to get what he wants. He did overboard sometimes but it's not to the absurd level that other shows do (like "The Shield") for shock value. Nope Sipowicz lost and gained partners, loved ones and through all this he really did grow as a person.

    Then you take a look at Franz's work with over thirty years in the business with memorable movie roles in flicks like "Blow Out", "Dressed to Kill", and "The Fury" and it's quite a decent list of work he's done.

    He's definitely the best actor in a cop drama ever and very few people really come close to him if any.moreless