George Dzundza

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George Dzundza
Born(1945-07-19) July 19, 1945 (age 69)
Rosenheim, Germany
OccupationActor
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Mary Jo
Relatives3 children
 
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George Dzundza
Born(1945-07-19) July 19, 1945 (age 69)
Rosenheim, Germany
OccupationActor
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)Mary Jo
Relatives3 children

George Dzundza (/ˈzʊndzə/ ZUUND-zə)[1] (born July 19, 1945) is a German-born American television and film actor.

Early life and education[edit]

Dzundza was born in Rosenheim, Germany, to a Ukrainian father and Polish mother who were forced into factory labour by the Nazis.[2] He spent the first few years of his life in displaced persons camps with his parents and one brother.[3] Before immigrating to the United States in 1956, the family lived in Amsterdam for some years. Dzundza attended St. John's University, studying speech and theatre arts. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen.[4]

Career[edit]

In 1987, Dzundza played the wheelchair-bound Sam Hesselman in No Way Out, and Commander Daskal in The Beast. His other major film roles include The Deer Hunter, White Hunter Black Heart, Basic Instinct, Crimson Tide, and Dangerous Minds. He played the part of Max Greevey on Law & Order for one season before leaving the show. Dzundza had his own sitcom series Open All Night, about the owner of a convenience store located in Cleveland.[5]

His other, lesser known acting roles include an appearance on The Waltons (1975), the Archie Bunker-like father in the short-lived Christina Applegate sitcom Jesse, and the voice of supervillain Ventriloquist in Batman: The Animated Series and Perry White in Superman: The Animated Series, as well as numerous minor roles within both shows. His Broadway theatre credits include Terrence McNally's The Ritz.

He portrayed American Nazi leader Frank Collin in the 1981 made-for-television movie Skokie.

In 2005, he played Anubis (aka "Jim") in the Stargate SG-1 Season 8 episode "Threads".

More recently, Dzundza portrayed George O'Malley's father on Grey's Anatomy.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1975Starsky & HutchCrandellTV series, 1 episode
1975The WaltonsA.J. CovingtonTV series, 1 episode
1979Salem's LotCully SawyerTV miniseries
1981SkokieFrank CollinTV film
1981-1982Open All NightGordon FeesterTV series
1981A Long Way HomeFloyd BoothTV film
1984The Lost Honor of Kathryn BeckLt. DeCarloTV film
1985The Execution of Raymond GrahamPrison ChaplainTV film
1985Country DanceLt. CondeTV film
1988Something Is Out ThereFrank DileoTV miniseries
1989The Ryan White StoryDr. KleimanTV film
1989Cross of FireBoyd GurleyTV miniseries
1990-1991Law & OrderMax GreeveyTV series, 22 episodes
1992-1995Batman: The Animated SeriesArnold Wesker / The VentriloquistTV series, 7 episodes
1994MatlockMichael BrennanTV series, 1 episode
1996The Limbic RegionLloydTV film
1996-1999Superman: The Animated SeriesPerry WhiteTV series, 8 episodes
1997The New Batman AdventuresArnold Wesker / The VentriloquistTV series, 1 episode
1998-1999JesseJohn Warner, Sr.TV series, 22 episodes
2002-2003HackTom GrzelakTV series, 22 episodes
2005Stargate SG-1AnubisTV series, 1 episode
2005-2007Grey's AnatomyHarold O'MalleyTV series, 7 episodes

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1978The Deer HunterJohn Welsh
1981Honky Tonk FreewayEugene
1983StreamersCokes
1984Best DefenseSteve Loparino
1986No MercyCaptain Stemkowski
1987No Way OutSam Hesselman
1987No Man's LandUncle MikeUncredited
1988The BeastDaskal
1990White Hunter Black HeartPaul Landers
1990ImpulseLt. Joe Morgan
1991The Butcher's WifeLeo Lemke
1992Basic InstinctDetective Gus
1995Crimson TideChief of the Boat (COB)
1995Dangerous MindsHal Griffith
1997That Darn CatBoetticher
1997Do Me a FavorWallace Muller
1998Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZeroDr. Gregory BelsonDirect-to-video
1998Species IICol. Carter Burgess Jr.
1999InstinctDr. John Murray
2000Above SuspicionStamos
2002City by the SeaReg Duffy
2005National Lampoon's Adam & EveEve's dad
2006Superman: Brainiac AttacksPerry WhiteDirect-to-video

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