skip navigation
Overview for Dennis Franz
Dennis Franz

Dennis Franz


TCM Messageboards
Post your comments here


TCM Archive Materials VIEW ALL ARCHIVES (0)

Recent DVDs

Psycho 3 ... Anthony Perkins, Diana Scarwid. The specter of his domineering mother won't... more info $11.95was $14.98 Buy Now

NYPD Blue:... This season, the men and women of the 15th find themselves under pressure from... more info $27.96was $34.99 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died:
Born: October 28, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Maywood, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ...


Cast (feature film)

We Believe (2009)
Explores the unique relationship between Chicago, the Cubs, and their extremely passionate and loyal fan base.
This Old Cub (2004) as Himself
An homage to Ron Santo, the Chicago Cubs' third baseman from 1960 through 1973. For his career, the nine-time All-Star won five Gold Gloves for his defense and finished with 342 homers and 1,331 RBI, which clearly place him among the best to ever play the position. Santo accomplished all this while
City of Angels (1998) as Nathaniel Messinger
An angel comes to earth and falls in love with the woman he''s assigned to watch over.
American Buffalo (1996) as Bobby
Donny Dubrow runs a junk shop. When he realizes that he sold a buffalo head nickel to a customer for a lot less than he could have gotten, he decides to steal it back. He also figures that as long as he's pulling the heist, he might as well go the extra mile and clean the guy out. Donny's accomplice
Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire (1994) as Gus Payne
Fact-based drama about a reporter who reluctantly becomes an FBI informant after he accidentally uncovers a political corruption probe. Working undercover proves hazardous when he is falsely arrested for extortion by the very agency he thinks he's helping.
In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (1992) as Bob Bryant
Based on the true story of a religious fanatic wanted for the bombing of a government building. He held his wife and children hostage in their home for two weeks as police in the small Utah town of Marion tried to capture him without harming his family.
The Player (1992) as Himself
A rising producer tries to cover up the accidental killing of a screenwriter who was stalking him.
N.Y.P.D. Mounted (1991) as Anthony "Tony" Spampatta
A former rodeo cowboy from Montana and a New York City cop-on-the-beat team up on the City's Mounted Police Department.
Die Hard 2 (1990) as Carmine Lorenzo
Some terrorist-fighting New York cops just can''t catch a break. That''s what Bruce Willis''s hero John McClane must be thinking in this sequel to the blockbuster action flick "Die Hard" (1988). This time out, Willis is waiting to pick up his wife Bonnie Bedelia at the airport on Christmas Eve. Also waiting is a team of mercenaries led by William Sadler. They want to bust out an evil dictator, and they''re taking the whole airport hostage. Big mistake with John McClane on the scene. It has all the terrific action, fisticuffs and gun battles you expect from a "Die Hard" feature.
Kill or Be Killed (1990) as Lieutenant Krieger
A television movie based on the true story of a special crime-fightng unit of five undercover vice agents, the North Las Vegas "Nasty Boys," who wear Ninja-style hoods to maintain their anonymity. The unit goes undercover to investigate a drug operation. Two of the Nasty Boys are targeted for death
Kiss Shot (1989) as Max Fleisher
An unemployed single mother decides to turn her formidable skills as an ace pool player into cash to salvage her finances. To prevent her house from going into foreclosure, she enters a billiards contest and makes it into the national finals where she is pitted against one of the country's top playe
Nasty Boys (1989) as Lieutenant Max Krieger
Movie pilot based on the true story of a crime-fighting unit of five undercover vice agents, the North Las Vegas Nasty Boys, who wear SWAT uniforms and Ninja-style masks to maintain their anonymity.
Easy Come, Easy Go (1989) as Detective Granger
Two of Christine Cromwell's clients, Billy Peale and Hayes Thorogood, are cheated out of millions of dollars by a smooth-talking con man. When the con artist is found murdered, incriminating evidence seems to point first toward Hayes, then toward Billy. Christine tries to prove her clients are innoc
Package, The (1989) as Milan Delich
Political thriller revolving around a conspiracy, a nuclear disarmament treaty between the USA and USSR, and a court-martialed soldier who escapes from custody.
Fine Mess, A (1986) as Phil
Deadly Messages (1985) as Detective Max Lucas
Would-be thriller involving a woman on the run from a vicious killer, her skeptical live-in lover, a spooky motel owner and an antique Ouija board conveying messages from the spirit world. Brad Fiedel's eerie music is as much a star of this one as any of the actors literally running around for about
Body Double (1984) as Rubin
An out of work actor thinks he sees a violent crime committed against a woman with whom he''''s obsessed.
Psycho II (1983) as Toomey
After 22 years in an asylum, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins, reprising his most famous role) is released and allowed to return home over the objections of Lila Loomis (Vera Miles), sister of one of his victims in PSYCHO. Although Norman is somewhat apprehensive about returning to the old house and motel where he committed his murders, he seems to be completely recovered. He is given work at a local diner, where he meets Mary (Meg Tilly), a cute but spacy waitress who seems completely ignorant of the earlier horrors. As Norman gets close to Mary, strange things begin to occur. He finds notes signed by Mother, receives phone calls from Mother, even sees Mother standing in her bedroom window. Then the bodies begin to pile up.
Chicago Story (1981) as Officer Joe Gilland
The pilot to the short-lived 1981-82 series combining three television staples: lawyers, doctors and cops. Filmed entirely on location, it examines a crime from three different angles--the crime being the wounding of a ten-year-old girl by a sniper and the charging of an innocent man. Vincent Baggetta and Craig T. Nelson represent the law from opposing sides (they had been law school roommates); Kristoffer Tabori and Kene Holliday are the doctors; Jack Kehoe and Dennis Franz the cops. Writer Eric Bercovici and director Jerry London earlier had collaborated on the miniseries, "Shogun."
Blow Out (1981) as Manny Karp
When audio technician Jack Terri is recording sound effects for a movie, he hears a car crash. Just as the car is sinking in the river, Jack pulls the woman inside to safety, but cannot save the other passenger. When he learns that man who drowned was a presidential candidate, he suspects that the w
Dressed To Kill (1980) as Detective Marino
After wife and mother Kate Miller discusses her sexual frustrations with her psychiatrist, she goes to meet her husband at a museum. At the museum, she meets a strange man who she follows to a cab and then has sex with him at his apartment. After the affair, Kate is brutally murdered in the elevato
Popeye (1980) as Spike
Popeye the sailor man goes to the seaside village of Sweethaven to look for his long-lost father, Poopdeck Pappy. While there, he falls in love with Olive Oyl, who is engaged to the bullying Captain Bluto, who works for a mystery man called the Commodore, collecting taxes. Popeye and Olive find a foundling who can predict the future, and name him Swee''Pea. The baby is kidnapped and taken out to the Commodore''s ship, and when Popeye goes to the rescue, he learns that his Pappy is the Commodore. Bluto has tied Pappy up and is using Swee''Pea to help him find the old man''s treasure. After Popeye learns the secret of gaining super strength by eating spinach, he and Bluto fight to the finish, the treasure is found, and Bluto ends up swimming out to sea.
Perfect Couple, A (1979) as Costa
A member of a rock band and a shy man from a traditional Greek family meet through a dating service and fall in love.
Remember My Name (1978) as Franks
Construction worker Neil Curry is living happily with his wife Barbara in the suburbs until one day during the holiday season when their house is vandalized by someone who apparently has been stalking them. The stalker is Emily, Neil''s mentally disturbed ex-wife who has just been released from prison where she was serving time for murder. The break in is Emily''s first attempt to get revenge for past grievances with Neil, who she also wants to win back.
Stony Island (1978) as Jerry Domino
Wedding, A (1978) as Koons--Male Security Guard
The wedding day of Dino and Muffin is more chaotic than anyone could have predicted. As the bishop is stumbling through their wedding vows, Dino's grandmother dies in a bedroom upstairs. This news is kept a secret from the two families who spend the reception fighting with each other, looking for s
Fury, The (1978) as Kidnapped Cop
Teenager Gillian Bellaver has the psychic powers of telekinese and extra-sensory perception. She also has the effect of causing others to bleed if they touch her. So Gillian volunteers to go to the Paragon Clinic, unaware of the fact that its director is working on harnessing the psychic abilities of his patients as weapons.

Writer (feature film)

Bleacher Bums (2002)
The trials and tribulations of nine die-hard Chicago baseball fans as they root for a team that never seems to win. For these characters, who bring a religious fervor to the ballpark, baseball is more than a game, it's their life. The action is set on a beautiful summer day and the woeful Chicago Br

Producer (feature film)

Moment of Truth: Caught in the Crossfire (1994) as Co-Producer
Fact-based drama about a reporter who reluctantly becomes an FBI informant after he accidentally uncovers a political corruption probe. Working undercover proves hazardous when he is falsely arrested for extortion by the very agency he thinks he's helping.

Cast (special)

ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration (2003) as Presenter
Special marking the 50th anniversary of the American Broadcasting Company includes cast reunions and great moments from news, sports, movies, dramas and comedies.
55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, The (2003) as Presenter
Live coverage of the 55th annual Primetime Emmy awards.
ABC's 50th Anniversary Bloopers Celebration (2003)
In honor of ABC's 50th Anniversary, these blooper shows feature outtakes from ABC television shows "Happy Days," "Laverne and Shirley," "Three's Company," "NYPD Blue," "The Practice," "Donny and Marie," "Mork and Mindy," "Welcome Back Kotter," "Taxi," "Roseanne," "According to Jim," "Soap," "Bosom B
Merry Mickey Celebration, A (2003)
A look upon 75 years of Mickey Mouse featuring Disney's version of "A Christmas Carol," footage of the mouse throughout the years as well as interviews with celebrities.
Honeymooners 50th Anniversary, The (2002) as Featuring
Various celebrities discuss The Honeymooners impact on pop culture amidst interviews, clips and unaired footage.
Behind the Fame: L.A. Law/Hill Street Blues (2002) as Interviewee
In the 1980s, two landmark shows, created by Stephen Bochco, pioneered new genres of television drama that remain programming staples today. "Hill Street Blues" first aired in 1981 and lasted until 1987. It was part documentary, part soap opera and part sitcom. L.A. Law premiered in 1986 and made se
Hollywood Salutes Nicolas Cage: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2002) as Presenter
Coverage of the 16th American Cinematheque award presentation. Actor Nicolas Cage is honored by the Cinematheque for his body of work. The tribute provides funds for the non-profit organization's programs and operation of the Egyptian Theater.
American Veteran Awards (2002)
Celebrities, dignitaries and top military brass assemble to honor our country's military in a red, white and blue celebration of the role of the U.S. Armed Forces in American society. A variety of honorees are awarded the "AVA" in this special presented annually by the Veterans Foundation, a non-pro
American Celebration at Ford's Theatre, An (2002)
Coverage of the annual gala to benefit the historic Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC.
Martha Stewart: The Best of Everything (2001) as Interviewee
Profile of domestic entrepeneur Martha Stewart.
53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, The (2001) as Presenter
Live coverage of the 53rd annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
AFI Awards 2001 (2001) as Presenter
Awards show honoring the best of film and television from the previous year. The presentation includes 19 award categories -- 12 for film and seven for television -- as well as six "moments of significance." The program also counts down the year's 10 best films.
Dustin Hoffman: First in His Class (2001) as Interviewee
Profile of actor Dustin Hoffman.
America: A Tribute to Heroes (2001)
A live, commercial-free benefit for the victims of the attacks of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
2001 TV Guide Awards, The (2001)
Coverage of the 3rd annual TV Guide Awards presentation, voted by readers of the magazine, honoring television series and performers from the Shrine Expo Center in Los Angeles, California. The program launches a new awards category, "TV Moment of the Year," designed to identify the most poignant, co
Intimate Portrait: Sharon Lawrence (2000) as Interviewee
Portrait of actress Sharon Lawrence, who starred in the television series "Fired Up" (1997-98), "NYPD Blue" (as Assistant DA Sylvia Costas from 1993 to 1/99) and the current "Ladies Man."
52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, The (2000) as Presenter
Live coverage of the 52nd annual Emmy Awards presentation from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
Laureus World Sports Awards (2000) as Presenter
Coverage of the 1st annual Laureus Sports Awards from Monte Carlo, honoring the world's greatest athletes. The five elected categories are World Sportsman of the Year, World Sportswoman of the Year, World Team of the Year, Comeback of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Outstanding achievement is als
Behind the Badge (1999) as Narration
Documentary that follows street cops, homicide detectives and SWAT teams, capturing the gritty reality of their work. Also visits the set of the series, "Homicide: Life on the Streets," to see how well Hollywood's portrayal of today's crimefighters measures up to the real thing.
1999 ESPY Awards (1999) as Presenter
Live presentation of the 1999 ESPY awards, the 7th annual ESPN gala honoring excellence in sports.
TV Guide Awards (1999) as Presenter
Live coverage of the TV Guide Awards, voted by readers of the magazine, honoring television comedies, dramas, actors and actresses. Features a segment on the television year in review.
Influences: From Yesterday to Today (1999)
Special from the Museum of Television & Radio, which features actors, comedians, writers and directors revealing the television shows and stars that influenced their lives and careers.
Tntla 51st Annual Emmy Awards (1999) as Presenter
Live coverage of the 51st annual Emmy Awards presentation from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
50th Emmy Awards (1998) as Presenter
Presentation of the 50th annual primetime Emmy Awards, honoring excellence in television.
ALMA Awards (1998)
Presentation of the American Latino Media Arts (ALMA) Awards from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The ALMAs, which mean spirit or soul in Spanish, celebrate the positive portrayal of Latino images in American film and television.
To Life! America Celebrates Israel's 50th (1998)
Variety special honoring the State of Israel's 50th Anniversary.
Walt Disney Company Presents The 8th American Teacher Awards, The (1998) as Presenter
Telecast of the eighth American Teachers Awards presentation honoring outstanding elementary and high school teachers. Taped at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, features Hollywood stars presenting awards to 36 teachers in 12 subject categories. At the conclusion of the program, the teac
1997 Emmy Awards (1997) as Presenter
Live telecast of the 49th annual Primetime Emmy Awards, honoring excellence in television.
It Just Takes One (1997)
Third special in USA Network's ongoing "Erase the Hate" public affairs initiative aimed at combating hate and racism while promoting tolerance and understanding. This installment showcases a broad spectrum of performers, who through the arts, liberate themselves from their own expressions of hate an
50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary (1997)
Documentary celebrating 50 years of television history. Featuring a large collection of television clips introduced by legendary and current television stars. The documentary, also shown at a Hollywood gala, launches the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences new Archive of American Television.
Anthony Perkins: The E! True Hollywood Story (1997) as Interviewee
Documentary on the life of actor Anthony Perkins.
Healing the Hate (1996) as Narration
Documentary profiling six examples of hate in action in the United States: the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups gathering in a small Tennessee town; the phenomenon of hate on short-wave radio; a hate prank by high school students that rocked an affluent Connecticut community; hate in cartoons and
Family Film Awards (1996) as Presenter
Live coverage of the "Family Film Awards," which honors feature films and television programs that are popular with and appropriate for all members of the family.
53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, The (1996) as Presenter
Live presentation of the 53rd annual Golden Globe Awards, honoring achievement in film and television.
Marry Me! (1996) as Interviewee
First of two specials based on the best-selling book describing how celebrity couples met, courted and married. Both specials look at three high-profile couples, including interviews, personal photographs, memorabilia and video clips.
Martha Stewart's: Welcome Home For the Holidays (1996)
Lifestyle authority Martha Stewart offers her suggestions for holiday decorating, cooking and entertaining.
1996 Emmy Awards (1996) as Presenter
Live telecast of the 48th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Healing the Hate (1996) as Host
Documentary profiling six examples of hate in action in the United States: the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups gathering in a small Tennessee town; the phenomenon of hate on short-wave radio; a hate prank by high school students that rocked an affluent Connecticut community; hate in cartoons and
1996 American Music Awards (1996)
Presentation of the 23rd annual American Music Awards.
47th Annual Emmy Awards (1995) as Presenter
Live telecast of the 47th annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
Sinatra: 80 Years My Way (1995)
Special celebrating Frank Sinatra's 80th birthday.
Gala For the President at Ford's Theatre, A (1995) as Performer
A roster of musical and comedic artists perform for the President and First Lady at Ford's Theatre in Washington, DC.
People Yearbook '95 (1995)
A "People" magazine special taking a look back at the people and events of 1995. The show features celebrity interviews and comments on the year in review, trends, celebrity romance, and results of "People" polls.
Opening Ceremonies of the 1995 Special Olympics World Games, The (1995)
Presentation of the Opening Ceremonies of the 1995 Special Olympics World Summer Games in New Haven, Connecticut.
Cops on the Edge (1995) as Interviewee
Documentary looking at the high levels of suicide among American police officers and what police departments are doing to help cops cope with the pressures of their jobs.
Chicago on Stage (1995) as Host
Documentary on the history of Chicago theater. Combines archival footage of early stage productions with reminiscences from some of the city's most recognizable stars, local and national theater critics, playwrights, artistic directors and emerging young artists.
NFL at 75: An All-Star Celebration, The (1995)
Special celebrating the National Football League's 75th anniversary, featuring guest performances and appearances, footage from NFL history and the introduction of the NFL's All-Time Team.
Cops on the Edge (1995)
Examination of the record numbers of police officers who are committing suicide and what police departments are doing to help cops handle the mounting pressures of their jobs.
Springfield's Most Wanted (1995)
Host of "America's Most Wanted," John Walsh, launches a national manhunt to reveal who shot Mr. Burns on the 1994-95 season finale of "The Simpsons." Former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl Gates and various celebrities offer their help.
Ultimate TV Trivia Challenge, The (1995)
Special challenging TV viewers and celebrities to answer trivia questions about television history. Features clips highlighting solutions.
Lassie Unleashed: 280 Dog Years in TV (1994)
Celebrities from film and television pay tribute to canine star Lassie. Includes clips from his (her) various works, a behind-the-scenes look at trainer Bob Weatherwax's home, and a visit with Kermit the Frog.
Comic Relief VI (1994)
A live presentation of the sixth annual Comic Relief fundraiser to benefit the homeless. Includes stand-up comedy performances, character pieces, ensemble sketches and short film clips describing the Comic Relief organization.
46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1994) as Presenter
Live presentation of the 46th annual primetime Emmy Awards.
1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards (1992) as Presenter
Live presentation of the first annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, with honors in four film and eight television categories, as determined by the Guild's 78,000 eligible members.
Patsy Awards, The (1987)
The 32nd annual presentation of the ceremonies honoring the best animal performers in motion pictures and on television from the year 1986.
Pat Hobby Teamed With Genius (1987) as Louie
The third segment in the "Tales From the Hollywood Hills" collection of stories, airing as part of "Great Performances." This presentation is adapted from three of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Pat Hobby Stories," and deals with a hard luck hack Hollywood screenwriter who starts an unlikely collaboration w
America Talks Back (1986)
A live-on-tape program that provides NBC viewers with the opportunity to make comments and ask questions about what they see on TV, and allows NBC executives and performers to respond.

Cast (special)

Texas Justice (1995) as Racehorse Haynes
When a Texas millionaire marries his mistress, a bitter divorce battle, two deaths, an FBI sting operation, and criminal trials ensue.

Please support TCMDB by adding to this information.

Click here to contribute