NYPD Blue  Top notch police drama.  Caruso and Franz at their best "reaching out" to solve crimes.

NYPD Blue Top notch police drama. Caruso and Franz at their best "reaching out" to solve crimes.

Dennis Franz wasn't always wearing his NYPD blues. Drafted after college into the Army, he served for 11 months in Vietnam. We are guessing people liked him in uniform because Franz went on to play at least a dozen police officers before getting the role of Detective Andy Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue," earning him four Emmy Awards.

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Dennis Franz wasn't always wearing his NYPD blues. Drafted after college into the Army, he served for 11 months in Vietnam. We are guessing people liked him in uniform because Franz went on to play at least a dozen police officers before getting the role of Detective Andy Sipowicz on "NYPD Blue," earning him four Emmy Awards.

NYPD Blue Cast - Dennis Franz, David Caruso, Amy Brenneman, Nicholas Turturro, James McDaniel

NYPD Blue Cast - Dennis Franz, David Caruso, Amy Brenneman, Nicholas Turturro, James McDaniel

The gritty details of life as a member of a New York City police unit.    Creators:  Steven Bochco, David Milch  Stars:  Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp and Bill Brochtrup

The gritty details of life as a member of a New York City police unit. Creators: Steven Bochco, David Milch Stars: Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp and Bill Brochtrup

When Jimmy Smit's character on NYPD Blue died, I bawled, still do watching the reruns playing now on cable.  Best tv death scene.

When Jimmy Smit's character on NYPD Blue died, I bawled, still do watching the reruns playing now on cable. Best tv death scene.

Cast Reunions 2012: Ricky Schroder, Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, and David Caruso, NYPD Blue

Cast Reunions: 7 Bonus Portraits

Cast Reunions 2012: Ricky Schroder, Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, and David Caruso, NYPD Blue

Sipowicz * Dennis Franz's character from the long-running cop drama NYPD Blue.

Andy Sipowicz

Sipowicz * Dennis Franz's character from the long-running cop drama NYPD Blue.

NYPD Blue - NYPD Detectives of Manhattan's fictional 15th precinct investigate criminal cases.

NYPD Blue - NYPD Detectives of Manhattan's fictional 15th precinct investigate criminal cases.

NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City September 21, 1993 – March 1, 2005 Large cast including Dennis Franz, David Caruso, Jimmy Smits, Rick Shroder, Gordon Clapp, Kim Delaney, Sharon Lawrence, Nicholas Tuturro, James Daniels and many more

NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City September 21, 1993 – March 1, 2005 Large cast including Dennis Franz, David Caruso, Jimmy Smits, Rick Shroder, Gordon Clapp, Kim Delaney, Sharon Lawrence, Nicholas Tuturro, James Daniels and many more

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