- This article is about Dennis Franz the real-life actor. For the character, please see Dennis Franz (character).
Dennis Franz (born October 28, 1944) is an American actor who is well known for his roles playing police officers in television shows. Franz is best known for his role as Detective Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue, for which he won four Emmy Awards.
Previously, Franz appeared on Hill Street Blues where he played two different characters. During the show's third season, he played Officer Sal Benedetto, a corrupt cop who killed himself in the season's final episode. Franz was so popular with fans that he was brought back in the show's sixth season as Lt. Norm Buntz, remaining until the end of the show.
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