Dennis franz

Dennis franz

Dennis franz

Dennis Franz is a retired American actor and occasional director and producer whose TV and film credits include 20 episodes of the show Magnum, P.I. and four episodes of the TV series Hawaii Five-O.

Andy Sipowicz

Dennis Franz Schlachta (/frɑːnz/; born October 28, 1944), known professionally as Dennis Franz, is a retired American actor best known for his role as NYPD Detective Andy Sipowicz in the ABC television series NYPD Blue (1993–2005), a role that earned him a Golden Globe Award, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards. He also portrayed two different characters on the similar NBC series Hill Street Blues (1983, 1985–1987) and its short-lived spinoff, Beverly Hills Buntz (1987–1988).

Franz began his acting career at Chicago's Organic Theater Company. Although he has in the past performed Shakespeare, his appearance led to his being typecast early in his career as a cop. (By Franz's own count, the character of Andy Sipowicz was his 28th role as a police officer). He also guest starred in shows such as The A-Team. Other major roles were on the television series Hill Street Blues in which he played two characters over the run of the show. Franz first played the role of the corrupt Detective Sal Benedetto in the 1982–1983 season. Benedetto eventually commits suicide when a large-scale scam he was running fails. Franz returned to the series in 1985 as main character Lt. Norman Buntz, remaining until the show's end in 1987. He also starred in the short-lived Beverly Hills Buntz as the same character. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

Franz went on to win four Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue. The character of Sipowicz was ranked No. 23 on Bravo's 100 Greatest TV Characters list. In 1996, while still on NYPD Blue, Franz appeared in the Disney cartoon Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series in which he provided the voice of Captain Klegghorn, the commanding officer and head of the Anaheim Police Department. The series ran from September 1996 to January 1997. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

After Hill Street Blues left the air in 1987, Franz was cast in similar roles in such unsuccessful series as Beverly Hills Buntz, Nasty Boys, and NYPD Mounted. He had minor roles in the films Die Hard 2 (1990) and The Player (1992) and appeared in several television movies before Bochco offered him a starring role as detective Andy Sipowicz in NYPD Blue. The program, which debuted in September 1993, was controversial because of its graphic depictions of violence and sex but was nonetheless well received by critics and viewers. Franz used his size and tough-guy Chicago accent to create a commanding on-screen presence, and he won a Golden Globe (1995) and four Emmy Awards (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999) before NYPD Blue went off the air in 2005. (Source: www.britannica.com)

Dennis Franz Schlachta is an award-winning American actor who is famous for his role as Detective Andy Sipowicz in the series, ‘NYPD Blue’, which ran for 12 years. His role in the police procedural drama earned him four Emmy awards and one Golden Globe. Before becoming an actor, Franz was a part of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He later worked as a postman for some time. Afterward, he decided to become an actor and started working with a theatre company. He found acting to be very comforting and loved performing in front of people. He soon started making minor appearances on television and was noticed by producer Steven Bochco. Bochco subsequently decided to include him in a couple of TV shows, including 'Hill Street Blues’ and ‘Beverly Hills Buntz’. Franz’s breakthrough however arrived when he bagged a lead role in ‘NYPB Blue’. He was a recurring character until the end of the show. When ‘NYPD Blue’ came to an end in 2005, Franz stopped acting completely and retired from the silver screen. He has remained out of the spotlight since then. Although he has played only a few lead roles, Franz has left an everlasting impression on the audience. (Source: www.thefamouspeople.com)

His most successful role has been his portrayal of Detective Andy Sipowicz on ‘NYPD Blue’, which was written and produced by Steven Bochco. The series was hugely successful and ran for 12 seasons with over 250 episodes (1993-2005). Franz went on to win four Emmy Awards for his performance. (Source: www.thefamouspeople.com)

'NYPB Blue’ was a commercial and critical success. It was praised for realistic performances by its actors, and TV Guide ranked the series at 44 on its list of the ‘60 best Television Shows of All Time’. Franz’s commanding stature in his portrayal of Detective Andy Sipowicz won him a Golden Globe Award in 1995. (Source: www.thefamouspeople.com)

His character as Sipowicz was ranked among the ‘100 Greatest TV Characters’ list by Bravo. He was also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999 for his services to the industry. The influence of this role was such that he exists as the quintessential cop in the public imagination. (Source: www.thefamouspeople.com)



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