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Dennis Franz


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Birth Name: Dennis Franz
Born: 10/28/1944
Birth Place: Maywood, Illinois, USA

The son of German immigrants who worked for the postal service, Dennis Franz Schlachta was born in Chicago, IL on Oct. 22, 1944. Though he was a bonafide sports nut who played on the baseball, football and swim teams at Proviso East High School in Maywood, IL, he discovered a new passion - acting - in the 11th grade. His impetus to audition for a part in a production of "The Crucible" was his girlfriend at the time, who was also trying out for a role. Franz landed the part - the girlfriend did not - and his future was set in stone. Franz attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he majored in speech and theater. After graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, which ship... Continue Bio >>


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