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"I consider myself fortunate that I've been able to find a character that people have responded to."
(On playing Andy Sipowicz)
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Dennis Franz Schlachta (/frɑːnz/; born October 28, 1944 in Maywood, Illinois), known professionally as Dennis Franz, is an American actor best known for his role as NYPD Detective Andy Sipowicz in the ABC television series NYPD Blue, a role that earned him a Golden Globe Award, three Screen Actors Guild Awards and four Primetime Emmy Awards. He also portrayed Lt. Norman Buntz in the similar NBC series Hill Street Blues and its short-lived Spin-Off, Beverly Hills Buntz .

Franz has stayed out of the acting spotlight since the conclusion of NYPD Blue in 2005 to focus on his private life. He has told the New York Post he would be interested in returning to acting if given the right opportunity. That said, he made a special appearance at the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards.

He's been married since 1995 and spend their summers in their lake home in northern Idaho.

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