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Also Known As: Daniel John Travanti, Dan Travanty, Dan Travanti Died:
Born: March 7, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA Profession: actor

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Although he has made it quite clear in interviews that he wishes to put his past Emmy-winning role as Captain Frank Furillo on NBC's "Hill Street Blues" (1981-87) behind him, Daniel J Travanti may well be remembered for that character who was the spine of what many consider one of the most celebrated TV dramas in history. While the dark-haired Wisconsin native lacked the conventional looks of a leading man, he proved a capable performer, finding stage roles in NYC, including the 1965 New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Othello" with James Earl Jones and opposite Sada Thompson in the 1972 Broadway play "Twigs".At the beginning of his career, the actor was often billed as Dan Travanty, including many of his early TV credits as a guest performer on such series as "Route 66", "The Patty Duke Show", "East Side/West Side" and "Gidget". He continued as a journeyman actor throughout the 70s, making the occasional foray in features (e.g., "St. Ives" 1976) but predominantly continuing his string of guest roles in drama and sitcoms. After turning 40, Travanti found himself an "overnight success" thanks to Steven Bochco who tapped him for the anchor role of Furillo. He brought the needed gravity to the...

Although he has made it quite clear in interviews that he wishes to put his past Emmy-winning role as Captain Frank Furillo on NBC's "Hill Street Blues" (1981-87) behind him, Daniel J Travanti may well be remembered for that character who was the spine of what many consider one of the most celebrated TV dramas in history. While the dark-haired Wisconsin native lacked the conventional looks of a leading man, he proved a capable performer, finding stage roles in NYC, including the 1965 New York Shakespeare Festival production of "Othello" with James Earl Jones and opposite Sada Thompson in the 1972 Broadway play "Twigs".

At the beginning of his career, the actor was often billed as Dan Travanty, including many of his early TV credits as a guest performer on such series as "Route 66", "The Patty Duke Show", "East Side/West Side" and "Gidget". He continued as a journeyman actor throughout the 70s, making the occasional foray in features (e.g., "St. Ives" 1976) but predominantly continuing his string of guest roles in drama and sitcoms. After turning 40, Travanti found himself an "overnight success" thanks to Steven Bochco who tapped him for the anchor role of Furillo. He brought the needed gravity to the role but also displayed a romantic side in his scenes with Veronica Hamel. Capitalizing on his new-found fame, Travanti began starring in several TV-movies, most notably "Adam" (NBC, 1983), in which he was cast as John Walsh, the father who, after his son is kidnapped and murdered, founded an organization to help locate missing children. (He reprised the role in the 1986 sequel "Adam: His Song Continues".) He had the title role in one of HBO's first original movies, the biopic "Murrow" (1986), focusing on the career of the legendary news commentator Edward R. Murrow. After "Hill Street" left the airwaves, Travanti seemingly retreated from the public, attempting to downplay his celebrity and distance himself from being forever associated with Furillo. In 1990, he was a corporate executive who seeks revenge against a spy agency in "Tagget" (USA Network) and later played the husband of an alcoholic in "My Name is Kate" (ABC, 1994). Travanty briefly returned to series work twice; starring as the head of a special Chicago police unit in "Missing Persons" (ABC, 1993) and joining the cast of Showtime's "Poltergeist: The Legacy" for the 1995-96 season as the head of the team investigating paranormal activity.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Design (2001) Peter Mallow
3.
 To Sir With Love II (1996) Principal Horace Weaver
4.
 Siao Yu (1995) Mario Moretti
5.
 Just Cause (1995) Warden
6.
 Wasp Woman (1995) Dr Zinthorp
7.
 My Name Is Kate (1994) Hal Bannister
8.
 Hello Stranger (1993)
9.
 In the Shadows, Someone's Watching (1993) Detective Drum London
10.
 Eyes of a Witness (1991) Roy Baxter
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1963:
Headed to New York City after six-month army stint
1964:
Had early TV work in episodes of "Route 66", "East Side/West Side" and "The Patty Duke Show"
1965:
Appeared with James Earl Jones in heralded production of "Othello"
1965:
Early film appearance in "Who Killed Teddy Bear?"
1970:
TV-movie debut in "The Love War" (ABC)
1971:
Had small role in feature "The Organization" (billed as Dan Travanty)
1979:
Appeared briefly on the ABC soap opera "General Hospital"
:
Breakthrough role, police captain Frank Furillo on the acclaimed NBC police drama "Hill Street Blues"
1983:
Portrayed John Walsh in the NBC TV-movie "Adam"
1985:
Starred in the HBO film "Murrow"
1986:
Reprised his role as John Walsh in the sequel "Adam: His Song Continues" (NBC)
1988:
Returned to the stage to tour in "I Never Sang for My Father"; production was filmed for airing on PBS
1988:
Had leading film role opposite Faye Dunaway in "Midnight Crossing"
1989:
Portrayed Brooklyn district attorney Charles Hynes in "Howard Beach: Making the Case for Murder" (NBC)
:
Starred in ABC series "Missing Persons"
1996:
Played thorn in Sidney Poitier's side in "To Sir With Love II" (CBS)
:
Joined cast of the series "Poltergeist: The Legacy" (Showtime and syndicated)
2000:
Returned to the stage in a production of "Old Wicked Songs" at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego
2000:
Had supporting role in the festival screened independent "Something Sweet"
2002:
Appeared in the Sundance-screened feature "Design"
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Education

University of Wisconsin at Madison: Madison , Wisconsin -
Loyola Marymount University: Los Angeles , California -
School of Drama, Yale University: New Haven , Connecticut - 1961 - 1962

Notes

Like his "Hill Street Blues" character Captain Frank Furillo, Travanti is a recovering alcoholic.

"I've been doing mostly mediocre material. I might pretend to others that it was okay, but it wasn't." --Daniel J Travanti in USA Today, November 11, 1993.

"'Hill Street Blues' gets over mentioned. I can't help that. It is a very interesting yet difficult situation to be in. Most of my career I was not well known so the success element does not loom large in my life. However, my role on the series will always be the turning point, the melodramatic movie magazine switch that people like to hear about ... It does bother me but it is inevitable and unavoidable, and I just do the best I can with it and move on to other projects." --Daniel J. Travanti

Family close complete family listing

father:
John Travanti.
mother:
Elvira Travanti.

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