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Daniel J. Travanti Biography

Birth Name:
Daniel John Travanti
Birth Place:
Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Played football, was on the debate team and acted in plays while in high school
  • Won a Wisconsin speech contest in dramatic declamation and lost in the national finals by one vote
  • Turned down scholarship offers from Harvard, Princeton and Dartmouth; attended the University of Wisconsin, where he appeared in all of the school's theater productions and graduated in three years
  • An admitted overachiever, he appeared in four major productions during his one year at the Yale School of Drama and dropped out due to burnout
  • In 1965, appeared with Colleen Dewhurst in a traveling production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Participated in NBC's mid-1980s "Don't Be a Dope" antidrug campaign
  • Big break (and later two Emmys) came when he was cast as Capt
  • Frank Furillo on Hill Street Blues in 1981

Awards

  • 1986Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1985Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1985Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1984Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1984Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Special: nominated
  • 1983Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1983Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: nominated
  • 1982Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1982Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: winner
  • 1981Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: winner

Relationships

  • Angelo Travanti -- Brother
  • Robert Travanti -- Brother
  • John Travanti -- Father
  • Elvira Travanti -- Mother
  • Emma Travanti -- Sister
  • Laura Travanti -- Sister