Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
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.
Danielo Giovanni Travanti, one of five children, was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Italian immigrant parents. His father worked at the American Motors assembly plant in that city. During his teen years, Travanti was an athlete and good student, earning scholarships to Harvard University, Princeton University, and Dartmouth College, although he eventually attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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.
His first credited role was in an episode of Route 66 called, "Child of a Night". In 1964, Travanti guest-starred in the episode "Murder by Scandal" of CBS's drama about newspapers, The Reporter. He made his feature film debut in 1965 (credited as "Dan Travanty") playing a deaf-mute nightclub bouncer in the psychological thriller Who Killed Teddy Bear? starring Sal Mineo and Juliet Prowse.
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 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. 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. In 2017 he is currently playing Callens father in NCIS:Los Angeles. On 9 May, 2001, Travanti gave the opening remarks for the Disclosure Project's National Press Club conference on government relations with extraterrestrials, in Washington D.C.
Many of Travanti's roles prior to the mid-1970s were credited as "Dan Travanty" or "Dan Travanti." Later roles are credited as "Daniel J. Travanti."
|1965||Who Killed Teddy Bear?||Carlo||Film debut|
|1968||Call to Danger||John Henderson||Television movie|
|1970||The Love War||Ted||Television movie|
|1976||St. Ives||Johnny Parisi|
|1980||It's My Turn||Interviewer||Uncredited|
|1983||Adam||John Walsh||Television movie
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|1986||Murrow||Edward R. Murrow||Television movie
Nominated—CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
|1988||Midnight Crossing||Morely Barton|
|1991||Tagget||John Tagget||Television movie|
|1992||Weep No More, My Lady||Ted||Television movie|
|1992||The Christmas Stallion||Alan||Television movie|
|1995||The Wasp Woman||Dr. Zinthorp||Television movie|
|1995||Siao Yu||Mario Moretti|
|1996||To Sir, with Love II||Horace Weaver||Television movie|
|2013||One Small Hitch||Max Shiffman|
|1964||Route 66||Marty Johnson||Episode: "Child of a Night"; First credited role in film or television|
|1964||East Side/West Side||Paul Jerome||Episode: "The Name of the Game"|
|1964||The Patty Duke Show||Hank 'Rocky' Elway||Episode: "Block That Statue"|
|1964||The Reporter||Cutler||Episode: "Murder by Scandal"|
|1964||The Defenders||Detective Russo||Episode: "The Siege"|
|1965||Gidget||Tom Brighton||Episode: "Now There's a Face"|
|1966||The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Luca||Episode: "The Deadly Goddess Affair" (as Dan Travanty)|
|1966||Perry Mason||Barney Austin||Episode: "The Case of the Midnight Howler"|
|1966||Flipper||Commander Willard||2 episodes|
|1967||Lost In Space||Space Hippie||Episode: "Collision Of Planets"|
|1967||Judd for the Defense||Don Oliver||Episode: "A Civil Case of Murder" (as Dan Travanty)|
|1969||The Mod Squad||George||Episode: "Willie Poor Boy"|
|1970||The Silent Force||Episode: "The Octopus"|
|1971||The Interns||Harry Random||Episode: "The Choice"|
|1971||Mannix||Tom Stabler||Episode: "Murder Times Three"|
|1972||Mission: Impossible||Tony Gadsen||Episode: "Image"|
|1974||Gunsmoke||Carl||Episode: "The Colonel" (as Dan Travanty)|
|1974||Gunsmoke||Barker||Episode: "Like Old Times" (as Dan Travanty)|
|1974||The Bob Newhart Show||Mr. Gianelli||Episode: "The Battle of the Groups"|
|1974||Kojak||Lt. Charles 'Chuck' Danena||Episode: "A Souvenir from Atlantic City"|
|1976||Kojak||Captain Badaduchi||Episode: "A Grave too Soon"|
|1977||Family||Benjamin Maxwell||Episode: "...More Things in Heaven and Earth"|
|1979||General Hospital||Spence Andrews||Unknown episodes|
|1979||Hart to Hart||Edgar||Episode: "Max in Love"|
|1980||Knots Landing||Lt. Steinmetz||Episode: "The Constant Companion"|
|1981-1987||Hill Street Blues||Capt. Frank Furillo||144 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
|1984||Newhart||Himself||Episode: "A View from the Bench"|
|1988||American Playhouse||Gene Garrison||Episode: "I Never Sang for My Father"|
|1993-1994||Missing Persons||Lt. Ray McAuliffe||17 episodes|
|1995||The Outer Limits||Thornwell||Episode: "The Voice of Reason"|
|1997||Poltergeist: The Legacy||William Sloan||7 episodes|
|2005-2006||Prison Break||President Richard Mills||2 episodes|
|2008||Grey's Anatomy||Barry Patmore||Episode: "Here Comes the Flood"|
|2010||Criminal Minds||Lee Mullens||Episode: "Remembrance of Things Past"|
|2011-2012||Boss||Gerald 'Babe' McGantry||11 episodes|
|2016||NCIS: Los Angeles||Garrison||2 episodes|
Daniel J. Travanti supports the following charitable cause: Obesity.