Dennis Franz (born Dennis Franz Schlacta, October 28, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is a German-American actor best known for his roles as a gritty police detective in the television series NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues and Beverly Hills Buntz. He has also guest-starred in shows such as The A-Team. He is a graduate of Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Franz began his acting career at Chicago's famed Organic Theater.
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