Birth Name: Dennis Franz Schlachta
Place of Birth: Maywood, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Birth: October 28, 1944
*German, Polish (father)
*Ashkenazi Jewish (mother)
Dennis Franz is an American actor. He has starred on the television series NYPD Blue, as well as films such as Dressed to Kill and Body Double.
His father, Franz Ferdinand Schlachta, was born in Wattenshield, Germany, and had Polish and German ancestry.
His mother, Elinor/Elenore/Elenora (Mueller), was born in Chicago, Illinois, to an Ashkenazi Jewish family. It appears that Dennis’s mother or some of her family, converted to Christianity at some point, perhaps after 1943; that year, Dennis’s maternal grandmother died, and was buried from a Jewish funeral home.
Dennis is married to Joanie Zeck.
Dennis’s paternal grandfather was Jakob/Jacob Schlachta (the son of Landwirt Gottlieb Schlachta and Charlotte Buczko). Jakob was born in Kreis Lyck.
Dennis’s paternal grandmother was Regina Katharina Dolinga (the daughter of Adam Dolinga and Luise/Louise Brodovski/Brodowski). Regina was born in Kreis Lyck. Luise was the daughter of Jacob Brodowski and Charlotte Louise Manke.
Dennis’s maternal grandfather was Ismar Mueller/Miller (the son of Haufmann Benno Mueller/Mueler/Muller and Adelheid “Adele”/Adair Epstein). Ismar was born in Dyhernfurth/Dzhernfurth, Silesia, Germany (now Brzeg Dolny, in Poland).
Dennis’s maternal grandmother was named Martha Hecht (the daughter of Szmuel/Samuel/Sam Lajb Hecht and Igmar). Martha was born in Prague, Bohemia. Szmuel was the son of Dawid Hecht and Estera Hana Frydman.
Sources: Dennis’s parents on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Birth record of Dennis’s mother – https://www.familysearch.org
Dennis’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Death record of Dennis’s mother – https://www.findagrave.com
Marriage record of Dennis’s maternal grandparents, Ismar Mueller/Miller and Martha Hecht – https://www.familysearch.org
Dennis’s maternal grandparents, Ismar Mueller/Miller and Martha Hecht, on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Dennis’s maternal grandfather, Ismar Mueller/Miller – https://www.familysearch.org
Death record of Dennis’s maternal grandmother, Martha (Hecht) Mueller – https://www.familysearch.org