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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 23, 1939 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Profession: actor, commercial pilot

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One of those "working actors" whose face is more recognizable to the audience than his name, Denis Arndt worked extensively in regional theater in the Pacific Northwest before cracking the small screen as Mary Tyler Moore's husband on "Annie McGuire" (CBS, 1988-89), and an attorney who beats then joins the law firm of MacKenzie Brackman on NBC's "L.A. Law" during the 1990-91 season. In 1996, Arndt was among the doctors trying to stop a deadly virus on the short-lived UPN series "The Burning Zone".Tall with reddish-blond hair, Arndt was originally a commercial bush pilot in Alaska while studying at the University of Washington. Although he had had some acting aspirations earlier, he thought his military service as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War had "cured" him. Asked by a friend to audition for a community theater production, Arndt soon felt the lure of the stage and went on to work extensively at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Repertory Theatre. He was one of the co-founders of the Seattle-based experimental theater, Intiman. Arndt appeared at the New York Shakespeare Festival in the title role in "The Ballad of Soapy Smith", which he had originated in Seattle.The actor broke...

One of those "working actors" whose face is more recognizable to the audience than his name, Denis Arndt worked extensively in regional theater in the Pacific Northwest before cracking the small screen as Mary Tyler Moore's husband on "Annie McGuire" (CBS, 1988-89), and an attorney who beats then joins the law firm of MacKenzie Brackman on NBC's "L.A. Law" during the 1990-91 season. In 1996, Arndt was among the doctors trying to stop a deadly virus on the short-lived UPN series "The Burning Zone".

Tall with reddish-blond hair, Arndt was originally a commercial bush pilot in Alaska while studying at the University of Washington. Although he had had some acting aspirations earlier, he thought his military service as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War had "cured" him. Asked by a friend to audition for a community theater production, Arndt soon felt the lure of the stage and went on to work extensively at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Repertory Theatre. He was one of the co-founders of the Seattle-based experimental theater, Intiman. Arndt appeared at the New York Shakespeare Festival in the title role in "The Ballad of Soapy Smith", which he had originated in Seattle.

The actor broke into films as John Lithgow's buddy in "Distant Thunder" (1988) and he had one of his biggest screen roles (to date) as Michael Douglas' boss in the hit thriller "Basic Instinct" (1992). More recently, he was seen as Eddie Murphy's boss in "Metro" (1997) and the TV miniseries "Peter Benchley's 'The Beast'" (NBC, 1996) and "Asteroid" (NBC, 1997).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bandidas (2006)
2.
 S.W.A.T. (2003) Sgt Howard
3.
 Undisputed (2001) Warden Dick Lipscom
4.
 Dying to Live (1999)
5.
 Max Q (1998) Don Mitchum
6.
 Blackout Effect (1998) Frank Wyatt
7.
 Payback (1997) Neil Stanfill
8.
 Metro (1997) Captain Frank Solis
9.
 Nightscream (1997) Ray Ordwell
10.
 Return of Hunter, The (1995) Battaglia
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Served as a US Army pilot for ten years; flew armed helicopters in Vietnam
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Worked summers as a commercial bush pilot in Alaska
1980:
Performed on stage in the Pacific Northwest with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Seattle Repertory Theatre (date approximate)
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Was one of the founders of Intiman, a Seattle experimental theatre
1988:
Feature film debut in "Distant Thunder"
1988:
Played husband to Mary Tyler Moore on "Annie McGuire" (CBS)
1989:
Co-starred in CBS miniseries "Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again"
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Had recurring role on "L.A. Law" (NBC)
1992:
Co-starred in "Basic Instinct"
1996:
Co-starred in NBC miniseries "Peter Benchley's 'The Beast'"
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Co-starred in the drama series "The Burning Zone" (UPN)
1998:
Had supporting role in the ABC movie "Max Q"
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Education

John Rogers High School: Spokane , Washington -
Washington State University: Pullman , Washington -
University of Washington: Seattle , Washington -

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daughter:
Bryce Arndt.
daughter:
McKenna Arndt.

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