Dennis Franz

by ethnic on December 26, 2007

Dennis Franz

Birth Name: Dennis Franz Schlachta

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: October 28, 1944

Ethnicity: German, possibly some Polish

Dennis Franz is an American actor. He starred on the television series NYPD Blue. His father, Franz Ferdinand Schlachta, was German, born in Wattenshield. His mother, Elenore/Eleanor (Mueller), was born in Illinois, of German descent.

Dennis is married to Joanie Zeck.

Dennis’s paternal grandparents were Jakob/Jacob Schlachta (the son of Gottlieb Schlachta and Charlotte) and Regina Katharina Dolinga (the daughter of Adam Dolinga and Luise/Louise Brodovski/Brodowski).

Dennis’s maternal grandparents were Ismar Mueller (the son of Haufmann Benno Mueller/Mueler/Muller and Adelheid “Adele” Epstein) and Martha Hecht (the daughter of Samuel or Ben Hecht). Ismar was born in Dyhernfurth, Silesia, Germany (now Brzeg Dolny, in Poland). Martha was born in Prague, Bohemia.

Source: Dennis’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Photo by kathclick/

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madman December 13, 2016 at 11:45 am

With the surnames Dolinga and Brodovski, his paternal grandmother was probably Polish or Jewish. Dolinga appears to be Jewish in many cases:

follers December 13, 2016 at 2:48 pm

He could have Jewish ancestry, I think.

Not from the “Dolinga” line, though. For the life of me, I don’t think I’ve ever seen an Eastern European Jew with the first name “Adam” born before a certain point. Lots of non-Jewish Germans and Polish people, though. Maybe German Jews.

bearboy December 13, 2016 at 3:06 pm

Strange, I thought a lot of Ashkenazi Jews have been giving their children biblical names for a long time now?

madman December 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Well, one has to be the first.

Where do you think his possible Jewish ancestry comes from?

follers December 13, 2016 at 4:30 pm

“Epstein” and “Hecht”, that side seems somewhat Jewish, at least without knowing more information.

I don’t think any of the “Dollinga”s on that FamilySearch page were Jewish.

bablah December 14, 2016 at 4:22 am

>I don’t think any of the “Dollinga”s on that FamilySearch page were Jewish.
They most certainly aren’t, it’s just a bunch of Polish people. I’m not getting why everybody from Eastern Europe is Jewish to some people. Jews were always a minority. Even in America number of all Jews is etimated to be 8,300,000, while the number of Polish-Americans alone is 9,500,000.

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