George Dzundza

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George Dzundza
Born (1945-07-19) July 19, 1945 (age 74)
OccupationActor
Years active1973–2011 (acting)
Spouse(s)
Mary Jo Vermeulen(m. 1982)
Children3

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

Actor Person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio

An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs even when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art.

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Early life and education

Dzundza was born in Rosenheim, Germany, to a Ukrainian Unterlander father and Polish Galitzianer 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]

Rosenheim Place in Bavaria, Germany

Rosenheim is a town in Bavaria, Germany. It is an independent city located in the centre of the district of Rosenheim, and is also the seat of its administration. It is located on the west bank of the Inn at the confluence of the rivers Inn and Mangfall, in the Bavarian Alpine Foreland. It is the third largest city in Upper Bavaria with over 61,000 inhabitants. Rosenheim is the economic centre and the busiest place in the region.

Germany Federal parliamentary republic in central-western Europe

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central and Western Europe, lying between the Baltic and North Seas to the north and the Alps, Lake Constance and the High Rhine to the south. It borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, France to the southwest, and Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to the west.

Ukraine Sovereign state in Eastern Europe

Ukraine, sometimes called the Ukraine, is a country in Eastern Europe. Excluding Crimea, Ukraine has a population of about 42 million, making it the 32nd most populous country in the world. Its capital and largest city is Kiev. Ukrainian is the official language and its alphabet is Cyrillic. The dominant religion in the country is Eastern Orthodoxy. Ukraine is currently in a territorial dispute with Russia over the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in 2014. Including Crimea, Ukraine has an area of 603,628 km2 (233,062 sq mi), making it the largest country entirely within Europe and the 46th largest country in the world.

Before immigrating to the United States in 1956, the family lived in Amsterdam for some years. His family then moved to the US, settling in New York City, where George attended Xavier High School. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen. [4]

United States Federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico.

Amsterdam Capital of the Netherlands

Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands, with a population of 866,737 within the city proper, 1,380,872 in the urban area, and 2,410,960 in the metropolitan area. Amsterdam is in the province of North Holland. Amsterdam is colloquially referred to as the "Venice of the North" due to its large number of canals which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

New York City Largest city in the United States

The City of New York, usually called either New York City (NYC) or simply New York (NY), is the most populous city in the United States. With an estimated 2018 population of 8,398,748 distributed over a land area of about 302.6 square miles (784 km2), New York is also the most densely populated major city in the United States. Located at the southern tip of the state of New York, the city is the center of the New York metropolitan area, the largest metropolitan area in the world by urban landmass and one of the world's most populous megacities, with an estimated 19,979,477 people in its 2018 Metropolitan Statistical Area and 22,679,948 residents in its Combined Statistical Area. A global power city, New York City has been described as the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world, and exerts a significant impact upon commerce, entertainment, research, technology, education, politics, tourism, art, fashion, and sports. The city's fast pace has inspired the term New York minute. Home to the headquarters of the United Nations, New York is an important center for international diplomacy.

Career

Dzundza had his own 1981 sitcom series Open All Night , about the owner of a "Store 364" convenience store in Inglewood, California. [5] He portrayed American Nazi leader Frank Collin in the 1981 made-for-television movie Skokie .

Open All Night is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from November 28, 1981 to March 5, 1982. The show centered on Gordon Feester and his oddball family who lived and worked in a convenience store. Despite a similar title and a similar setting of an all-night grocery store, it has no connection to the British series Open All Hours. Jay Tarses was co-creator, writer, co-star and occasional director of the show.

Inglewood, California City in California, United States

Inglewood is a city in southwestern Los Angeles County, California, in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the city had a population of 109,673. It was incorporated on February 14, 1908. The city is in the South Bay region of Los Angeles County. SoFi Stadium is under construction in the city and, when completed around 2020, will be the new home of both the National Football League's Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers.

American Nazi Party American Fascist political party

The American Nazi Party (ANP) is an American neo-Nazi political party founded by George Lincoln Rockwell; its headquarters are in Arlington, Virginia. Rockwell founded the organization as the World Union of Free Enterprise National Socialists (WUFENS), but renamed it the American Nazi Party in 1960. Since the late 1960s, a number of small groups have used the name "American Nazi Party" with most being independent from each other and disbanding before the 21st century. The party is based largely upon the ideals and policies of Adolf Hitler's Nazi Party in Germany during the Nazi era, and embraced its uniforms and iconography. Shortly after Rockwell's assassination in 1967, the organization appointed Rockwell's second in command, Deputy Commander Matt Koehl as the new leader. The American Nazi Party, now under Koehl's command, was subject to ideological disagreements between members in the 1970s and 1980s. "In 1982, Martin Kerr, a leader at the Franklin Road headquarters, announced that the organization was changing its name to the New Order and moving to the Midwest," effective January 1, 1983. Due to recruitment issues along with financial and legal trouble, Koehl was forced to relocate the group's headquarters from the DC area, eventually finding his way to scattered locations in Wisconsin and Michigan. After Koehl's death in 2014, long-time member and officer of the New Order, Martin Kerr assumed leadership and maintains the New Order website and organization.

In 1987, Dzundza played Sam Hesselman, a disabled man in a wheelchair, 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 was an original cast member of the long-running NBC drama Law & Order , playing NYPD Sergeant Max Greevey in the first season before leaving the show.

<i>No Way Out</i> (1987 film) 1987 thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson

No Way Out is a 1987 American neo-noir political thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Will Patton and Sean Young. Howard Duff, George Dzundza, Jason Bernard, Fred Thompson, and Iman appear in supporting roles. The film is based on the 1946 novel The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing.

<i>The Deer Hunter</i> 1978 American war drama film directed by Michael Cimino

The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of steelworkers whose lives were changed forever after they fought in the Vietnam War. The three soldiers are played by Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and John Savage, with John Cazale, Meryl Streep, and George Dzundza playing supporting roles. The story takes place in Clairton, Pennsylvania, a small working class town on the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh, and in Vietnam.

<i>White Hunter Black Heart</i> 1990 film by Clint Eastwood

White Hunter Black Heart is a 1990 American adventure drama film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood and based on the 1953 book of the same name by Peter Viertel. Viertel also co-wrote the script with James Bridges and Burt Kennedy. The film is a thinly disguised account of writer Peter Viertel's experiences while working on the classic 1951 film The African Queen, which was shot on location in Africa at a time when location shoots outside of the United States for American films were very rare. The main character, brash director John Wilson, played by Eastwood, is based on real-life director John Huston. Jeff Fahey plays Pete Verrill, a character based on Viertel. George Dzundza's character is based on African Queen producer Sam Spiegel. Marisa Berenson's character Kay Gibson and Richard Vanstone's character Phil Duncan, are based on Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart, respectively. This was the last film that James Bridges worked on writing down a screenplay before dying in 1993.

His other, lesser-known acting work includes an appearance on The Waltons (1975), playing the Archie Bunker-like father in the short-lived Christina Applegate sitcom Jesse , and voicing supervillain the 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 .

<i>The Waltons</i> American 1972–1981 television series

The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain and a 1963 film of the same name, about a family in rural Virginia during the Great Depression and World War II.

Archie Bunker fictional character

Archibald "Archie" Bunker is a fictional character from the 1970s American television sitcom All in the Family and its spin-off Archie Bunker's Place, played by Carroll O'Connor. Bunker, a main character of the series, is a World War II veteran, blue-collar worker, and family man. Described as a "lovable bigot," he was first seen by the American public when All in the Family premiered on January 12, 1971, where he was depicted as the head of the Bunker family. In 1979, the show was retooled and renamed Archie Bunker's Place; it finally went off the air in 1983. Bunker lived at the fictional address of 704 Hauser Street in the borough of Queens, in New York City.

Christina Applegate American actress

Christina Applegate is an American actress and dancer. As an adolescent actress, she started playing the role of Kelly Bundy on the Fox sitcom Married... with Children (1987–97). In her adult years, Applegate established a film and television career, winning an Emmy Award and earning Tony and Golden Globe nominations.

In 2005, he played Anubis (aka "Jim") in the Stargate SG-1 Season 8 episode "Threads". Dzundza portrayed George O'Malley's father Harold on Grey's Anatomy .

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1973 Massage Parlor Murders Mr. Creepy
1978 The Deer Hunter John Welsh
1981 Honky Tonk Freeway Eugene
1983 Streamers Cokes
1984 Best Defense Steve Loparino
1986 No Mercy Captain Stemkowski
1987 No Way Out Sam Hesselman
1987 No Man's Land Uncle MikeUncredited
1988 The Beast Daskal
1990 White Hunter Black Heart Paul Landers
1990 Impulse Lt. Joe Morgan
1991 The Butcher's Wife Leo Lemke
1992 Basic Instinct Detective Gus Moran
1995 Crimson Tide Chief of the Boat (COB)
1995 Dangerous Minds Hal Griffith
1997 That Darn Cat Boetticher
1997 Do Me A Favor Wallace Muller
1998 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Dr. Gregory Belson (voice)Direct-to-video
1998 Species II Col. Carter Burgess Jr.
1999 Instinct Dr. John Murray
2000Above SuspicionStamos
2002 City by the Sea Reg Duffy
2005 National Lampoon's Adam & Eve Eve's dad
2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks Perry White (voice)Direct-to-video

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1975 Starsky & Hutch CrandellTV series, 1 episode
1975 Movin' On Charlie BannerTV Series, 1 episode
1975 The Waltons A.J. CovingtonTV series, 1 episode
1979 Salem's Lot Cully SawyerTV miniseries
1981 Skokie Frank CollinTV film
1981–1982 Open All Night Gordon FeesterTV series
1981A Long Way HomeFloyd BoothTV film
1984 The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck Lt. DeCarloTV film
1985The Execution of Raymond GrahamPrison ChaplainTV film
1985 Brotherly Love Lt. CondeTV film
1985 The Twilight Zone Colonel IlyanovTV series, 1 episode
1988 Something Is Out There Frank DileoTV miniseries
1989 The Ryan White Story Dr. KleimanTV film
1989 Cross of Fire Boyd GurleyTV miniseries
1990–1991 Law & Order Sgt. Max Greevey TV series, 22 episodes
1993–1995 Batman: The Animated Series Arnold Wesker / The Ventriloquist, G. Carl Francis, Various (voices)TV series, 7 episodes
1994 Matlock Michael BrennanTV series, 1 episode
1996The Limbic RegionLloydTV film
1996–1999 Superman: The Animated Series Perry White (voice)TV series, 8 episodes
1997 The New Batman Adventures Arnold Wesker / The Ventriloquist (voice)TV series, 1 episode
1998–1999 Jesse John Warner, Sr.TV series, 22 episodes
2002–2003 Hack Tom GrzelakTV series, 22 episodes
2005 Stargate SG-1 "Jim"/AnubisTV series, 1 episode
2005–2007 Grey's Anatomy Harold O'MalleyTV series, 7 episodes

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