George Dzundza was born in Rosenheim, Germany on July 19, 1945. He immigrated to the United States in 1956 and studied theater at St. John’s University. He won an award for his role in the film Streamers in 1983. In 1990, he landed a role on Law & Order, but left after the first season. He continues to appear in films such as 1999’s Instinct and 2000’s Above Suspicion.
Actor. Born July 19, 1945, in Rosenheim, Germany. Dzundza spent the first few years of his life in displaced persons camps in Germany with his Ukranian father, Polish mother, and one brother. Before immigrating to the United States in 1956, they lived in Amsterdam for some years. Once in the United States Dzundza's parents divorced, and George grew up in New York City's Lower East Side.
Dzundza attended St. Johns University in Queens, New York, where he majored in speech and theater. In 1973, he made his stage debut in a New York Shakespeare Festival production of King Lear. He made his TV debut in a guest shot on Starsky and Hutch. In 1978, Dzundza landed a supporting role in the film The Deer Hunter. A few years later, he moved to Los Angeles and starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom Open All Night. Dzundza was awarded the Venice Film Festival Best Actor Award for his work in Streamers in 1983.
In 1990, he played Detective Sergeant Max Greevey in the first season of Law & Order. However, he left the show after the first season, before it became the hit drama that it is today. Dzundza then starred in the title role of Babymaker: The Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story, a TV movie about the fertility doctor indicted for inseminating his patients with his own sperm. In 1998, he returned to TV, playing a recurring character in the NBC sitcom Jesse, which was cancelled in 2000. He also appeared in such films as Instinct (1999) and Above Suspicion (2000). Dzundza is married with two daughters.
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