Denis Arndt

Denis Arndt (born November 23, 1939) is an American actor, best known for his starring role as Alex Priest in the play Heisenberg for which he earned a 2017 Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play.[1]

Denis Arndt
Born (1939-11-23) 23 November 1939
Years active1974–present
Marjorie Ann Arveson
(m. 1957; died 2014)

Life and career

Denis Arndt served in the Vietnam War as a United States Army helicopter pilot, earning a Purple Heart and Commendation Medal. After the war, Arndt flew helicopters in Alaska for several years before completing a degree at the University of Washington. He joined the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon where he completed 15 seasons and was a charter member of Seattle's Intiman Theater.[2]

After Kenneth Welsh exited rehearsals of the play Heisenberg, Arndt was cast and joined the Manhattan Theater Club's production, which opened June 3, 2015.[3] The production moved to Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on October 13, 2016.[4]

Arndt has also appeared in guest roles on a number of television shows including The Good Fight, Grey's Anatomy, Supernatural and Vanished. He had a regular role on Annie McGuire and recurring roles on Picket Fences and L.A. Law. He has appeared in films including Basic Instinct and How to Make an American Quilt.


  1. Appleford, Steve (July 6, 2017). "An overnight sensation after 45 years in the biz: Denis Arndt, Mary-Louise Parker's co-star in 'Heisenberg'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  2. Soloski, Alexis (September 28, 2016). "At 77, He Gets to Woo Mary-Louise Parker". The New York Times. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  3. Brantley, Ben (June 3, 2015). "Review: 'Heisenberg,' With Mary-Louise Parker, Mines the Extraordinary in the Commonplace". The New York Times. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  4. Viagas, Robert (October 13, 2016). "See What the Critics Thought of Broadway's New Heisenberg". Playbill. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
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