Daniel J. Travanti

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Daniel J. Travanti
BornDanielo Giovanni Travanti
(1940-03-07) 7 March 1940 (age 74)
Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.
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Daniel J. Travanti
BornDanielo Giovanni Travanti
(1940-03-07) 7 March 1940 (age 74)
Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.

Danielo Giovanni "Daniel J." Travanti (born March 7, 1940) is an American actor best known for his starring role as Captain Frank Furillo in the 1980s television drama Hill Street Blues.


Travanti, one of five children, was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Italian immigrant parents. His father was a factory worker. During his teen years, Travanti was an athlete and good student, earning scholarships to Harvard University, Princeton University, and Dartmouth College, though he eventually attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1] In 1957, before his senior year, he attended the youth government and leadership program called Badger Boys State as a representative chosen from his high school.

In the very early 1960s he played Cathy Lane's besotted beau, "Rock" in an episode of The Patty Duke Show. In 1964, Travanti guest-starred in the episode "Murder by Scandal" of CBS's drama about newspapers, The Reporter. In 1966 he played the role of radio talk-show host and murderer Barney Austin in the Perry Mason episode, "The Case of the Midnight Howler." He (credited as Dan Travanty in all four) was the lead guest-star in the Season 3 episode "Collision Of Planets" of Lost in Space in 1967, appeared in the episode "The Octopus" of the single-season crime drama The Silent Force in late 1970, was featured in the Season 5 episode "Murder Times Three" of Mannix in late 1971, and appeared in the Season 6 episode "Image" of Mission: Impossible in early 1972. Also in 1972 he played a fugitive in The Devil's Playground episode of Cannon with his future Hill Street Blues co-star James B. Sikking. In 1982 Travanti appeared briefly in the Newhart episode "A View From The Bench".

Years later, Travanti earned five nominations and two Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Hill Street Station Captain Frank Furillo. In 1983, Travanti starred in the TV movie Adam for which he received another Emmy nomination. Since then, Travanti has appeared in a number of TV movies and has made appearances in television programs such as Poltergeist: The Legacy (1997) and Prison Break (2005). In 1986, HBO broadcast the made-for-cable biographical film Murrow, with Travanti's portrayal of Edward R. Murrow receiving a Cable Ace nomination. He co-starred in the film Millennium (1989) and as Lt. Ray McAuliffe in the television series Missing Persons (1993).

Travanti has publicly acknowledged his past as an alcoholic[2] who found sobriety through Alcoholics Anonymous, calling the affliction a "disease of loneliness and secrecy." In 1981, he made such a confession to Rona Barrett in an interview on NBC and even recited, from memory, all of the organization's "Twelve Steps" on camera.[3] Captain Furillo, his best-known character, was also a recovering alcoholic, and the character was shown multiple times taking part in AA meetings.

In January–March 2007, Travanti appeared off-Broadway in Oren Safdie's The Last Word... at the Theater at St. Clements in New York City, and in November–December 2008, Travanti played the "Con Melody" in an off-off Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's A Touch of the Poet for Friendly Fire Theater in New York.

In 2010, he appeared in an episode of Criminal Minds as a 75-year-old serial killer suffering from Alzheimer's.

Travanti had a recurring role on the Starz television series Boss.



1968Call to DangerJohn HendersonTelevision movie
1970The Love WarTedTelevision movie
1976St. IvesJohnny Parisi
1980It's My TurnInterviewerUncredited
1983AdamJohn WalshTelevision movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1986MurrowEdward R. MurrowTelevision movie
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
1988Midnight CrossingMorely Barton
1989MillenniumArnold Mayer
1991TaggetJohn TaggetTelevision movie
1992Weep No More, My LadyTedTelevision movie
1992The Christmas StallionAlanTelevision movie
1992Hello StrangerUnknown
1995Just CauseWarden
1995The Wasp WomanDr. ZinthorpTelevision movie
2013One Small HitchMax Shiffman


1963General HospitalSpence AndrewsUnknown episodes
1964Route 66Marty JohnsonEpisode: "Child of a Night"
1964East Side/West SidePaul JeromeEpisode: "The Name of the Game"
1964The Patty Duke ShowHank 'Rocky' ElwayEpisode: "Block That Statue"
1964The ReporterCutlerEpisode: "Murder by Scandal"
1964The DefendersDetective RussoEpisode: "The Siege"
1965GidgetTom BrightonEpisode: "Now There's a Face"
1966The Man from U.N.C.L.E.LucaEpisode: "The Deadly Goddess Affair"
1966Perry MasonBarney AustinEpisode: "The Case of the Midnight Howler"
1966FlipperCommander Willard2 episodes
1967Lost In SpaceEpisode: "Collision Of Planets"
1970The Silent ForceEpisode: "The Octopus"
1971The InternsHarry RandomEpisode: "The Choice"
1971MannixTom StablerEpisode: "Murder Times Three"
1972Mission: ImpossibleTony GadsenEpisode: "Image"
1974The Bob Newhart ShowMr. GianelliEpisode: "The Battle of the Groups"
1974KojakLt. Charles 'Chuck' DanenaEpisode: "A Souvenir from Atlantic City"
1977FamilyBenjamin MaxwellEpisode: "...More Things in Heaven and Earth"
1979Hart to HartEdgarEpisode: "Max in Love"
1980Knots LandingLt. SteinmetzEpisode: "The Constant Companion"
1981–1987Hill Street BluesCapt. Frank Furillo144 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1981–82)
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1983–86)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1983–85)
1988American PlayhouseGene GarrisonEpisode: "I Never Sang for My Father"
1993–1994Missing PersonsLt. Ray McAuliffe17 episodes
1995The Outer LimitsThornwellEpisode: "The Voice of Reason"
1997Poltergeist: The LegacyWilliam Sloan7 episodes
2005–2006Prison BreakPresident Richard Mills2 episodes
2008Grey's AnatomyBarry PatmoreEpisode: "Here Comes the Flood"
2010Criminal MindsLee MullensEpisode: "Remembrance of Things Past"
2011–2012BossGerald 'Babe' McGantry11 episodes


  1. ^ Horwitz, Simi (2007-02-20). "Having 'The Last Word...'". Backstage.com. Retrieved 2007-02-21. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://members.wizzards.net/~mlworden/choices/sparkle.htm
  3. ^ Video on YouTube

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