Daniel J. Travanti

Daniel J. Travanti (born Danielo Giovanni Travanty; March 7, 1940) is an American actor. He is best known for playing police captain Frank Furillo in the television drama series Hill Street Blues (1981–1987),[1] for which he received a Golden Globe Award and two consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards from many nominations.

Daniel J. Travanti
Danielo Giovanni Travanty

(1940-03-07) March 7, 1940
Other namesDan Travanty
Danny Travanty
Years active1958–present


Travanti, one of five children, was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, to Italian immigrant parents John and Elvira Travanti. [2] His father worked at the American Motors assembly plant in that city. He attended Kenosha High School, where he was an all-star football player; he received athletic scholarship offers to several colleges, but decided he wanted to be an actor, rather than an athlete. [3] A good student, he was offered scholarships to Harvard University, Princeton University, and Dartmouth College, although he eventually attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison,[4] from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1961. After that, he attended the Yale School of Drama on a fellowship. In 1978 [5], he graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a master's degree in English.[6]

In 1957, before his senior year of high school, he attended the youth government and leadership program called Badger Boys State.

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 1974 Travanti appeared briefly in The Bob Newhart Show episode "The Battle of the Groups”

Years later, Travanti earned five nominations and two Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Hill Street Station Captain Frank Furillo. And in 1982, Boston's Emerson College chose him as the commencement speaker, and gave him an honorary Doctorate degree. [7] 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).[1]:696

Travanti has publicly acknowledged his past as an alcoholic[8] who found sobriety through Alcoholics Anonymous, calling alcoholism 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.[9] Captain Furillo, his best-known character, was also a recovering alcoholic, and the character was shown multiple times taking part in AA meetings.

From January to March 2007, Travanti appeared off-Broadway in Oren Safdie's The Last Word... at the Theater at St. Clements in New York City, and from November to 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 with Alzheimer's.

Travanti had a recurring role on the Starz television series Boss. He also appeared on The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas as Captain William Fletcher in the audio adaptation of "The Little People".

In 2017, he played Callen's father in NCIS: Los Angeles.


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." [10]


1965Who Killed Teddy Bear?CarloFilm debut
1968Call to DangerJohn HendersonTelevision movie
1970The Love WarTedTelevision movie
1971The OrganizationSgt. ChassmanFilm
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
1993In the Shadows, Someone's WatchingDrum LondonTelevision movie
1995Just CauseWarden
1995The Wasp WomanDr. ZinthorpTelevision movie
1995Siao YuMario Moretti
1996To Sir, with Love IIHorace WeaverTelevision movie
2006Murder in My HouseTelevision movie
2013One Small HitchMax Shiffman


1964Route 66Marty JohnsonEpisode: "Child of a Night"; First credited role in film or television
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" (as Dan Travanty)
1966Perry MasonBarney AustinEpisode: "The Case of the Midnight Howler"
1966FlipperCommander Willard2 episodes
1967Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaEpisode 21 Season 3 "Shadowman"
1967Lost In SpaceIlan- Space HippieEpisode: "Collision Of Planets"
1967Judd for the DefenseDon OliverEpisode: "A Civil Case of Murder" (as Dan Travanty) [11]
1968"Lancer"Dan CassidyEpisode: "The Escape" (as Dan Travanty)
1969The Mod SquadMiloEpisode: "Child of Sorrow, Child of Light" (as Dan Travanty)
1969The Mod SquadGeorgeEpisode: "Willie Poor Boy"
1970The Silent ForceEpisode: "The Octopus"
1971The InternsHarry RandomEpisode: "The Choice"
1971MannixTom StablerEpisode: "Murder Times Three"
1972Mission: ImpossibleTony GadsenEpisode: "Image"
1974GunsmokeCarlEpisode: "The Colonel" (as Dan Travanty)
1974GunsmokeBarkerEpisode: "Like Old Times" (as Dan Travanty)
1974The Bob Newhart ShowMr. GianelliEpisode: "The Battle of the Groups"
1974KojakLt. Charles 'Chuck' DanenaEpisode: "A Souvenir from Atlantic City"
1976KojakCaptain BadaduchiEpisode: "A Grave too Soon"
1977FamilyBenjamin MaxwellEpisode: "...More Things in Heaven and Earth"
1979General HospitalSpence AndrewsUnknown episodes
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)
1984NewhartHimselfEpisode: "A View from the Bench"
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
2016–2019NCIS: Los AngelesNikita Aleksandr Reznikov / Garrison5 episodes
2016Chicago MedEdward HallEpisode: "Brother's Keeper"


  1. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 463. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  2. "Afraid of Family's Bias, Travanti Cut Graduation." Durham (NC) Morning Herald, November 14, 1983, p. 6B.
  3. "All Star Fullback." Mobile (AL) Register, November 27, 1981, p. TV 19.
  4. Horwitz, Simi (2007-02-20). "Having 'The Last Word...'". Backstage.com. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-21.
  5. "Honorary Degree for Daniel J. Travanti." Springfield (MA) Union, May 25, 1982, p. 22.
  6. Wallace, Carol (May 1, 1982). "Daniel J. Travanti: Prime time's sexiest cop". Des Moines Tribune. Iowa, Des Moines. New York Daily News. p. 7. Retrieved 4 February 2019 via Newspapers.com.
  7. "Honorary Degree for Daniel J. Travanti." Springfield (MA) Union, May 25, 1982, p. 22.
  8. "The Sparkling Middle Place of Daniel J. Travanti". Members.wizzards.net. 1973-08-14. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2017-04-02.
  9. Video on YouTube
  10. "Daniel J. Travanti" filmography at Internet Movie Database, imdb.com, accessed Mar. 22, 2015.
  11. "Judd for the Defense - Season 1, Episode 4: A Civil Case Of Murder". TV.com. 1967-09-29. Retrieved 2017-04-02.
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