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|Known for:||City of Angels, Die Hard 2, Dressed to Kill|
|Birth name:||Dennis Franz Schlacta|
|Birthday:||28 October 1944, Chicago, Illinois, USA|
|Height:||5' 10" (1.78 m)|
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TriviaBefore entering "Hill Street Blues" (1981), as Norm Buntz, appeared as Sal Benedetto for a few episodes. Always travels with a pet bird. Served 11 months in Vietnam with the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions. Franz's own recipes are included in "The Cop Cookbook" by Greta Garner-Hewitt, Ken Beck and Jim Clark, published in 1997. By 11th grade, he tried out for a part in a school play called, "The Crucible," because his girlfriend was auditioning. He won the part, but his girlfriend didn't Is a board member of the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance Was a mailman before becoming an actor He and Jimmy Smits began their association with Steven Bochco in the 1980s. His former "NYPD Blue" (1993) co-star, David Caruso, is currently the star of "CSI: Miami" (2002), the spin-off of William Petersen's series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000). Franz and Petersen co-presented an award at the 2004 Emmys. He was nominated for a 1976 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Switch Bitch" at the Organic Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois. Was considered for the role of Vic in American Graffiti (1973).