Dennis Franz

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Dennis Franz Schlachta
  • Birth Place: Maywood, IL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/28/1944, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor
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Dennis Franz Fast Facts:
  • Served a tour of duty in Vietnam.
  • Worked briefly as a Chicago postman.
  • Joined the Organic Theatre Company in 1972, along with actor Joe Mantegna.
  • Cast in the 1978 comedy-drama A Wedding by Robert Altman, who encouraged him to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles.
  • His character on Steven Bochco's Hill Street Blues was killed off so he could join another Bochco series, the short-lived Bay City Blues.
  • Wore a wig and zombie make-up to play the title character in the Dixie Chicks' 1999 video "Goodbye Earl."
  • Was nominated for an Outstanding Lead Actor Emmy for his work on NYPD Blue every year from 1994 to 2001, taking home a total of four trophies during the series' run.
  • Has played a cop nearly 30 times in his career.
  • Dennis Franz Relationships:
  • Eleanor Schlachta - Mother
  • Krista - Stepdaughter
  • Tricia - Stepdaughter
  • Marlene Schraut - Sister
  • Heidi Deigl - Sister
  • Joanie Zeck - Wife
  • Franz Schlachta - Father
  • Dennis Franz Awards:
  • 1994 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1997 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 1994 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 1995 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1993 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1998 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1996 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor for a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2000 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1995 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama - Winner
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1994 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1997 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1994 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1999 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2001 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Winner
  • 2000 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1996 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Wilber Wright College, Chicago, IL; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL (BA in Speech and Drama, 1968)

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