Dennis Franz, David Caruso & Other 'NYPD Blue' Actors — a Glimpse into Their Lives

Kareena Koirala
Mar 08, 2020
09:30 P.M.
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The fan-favorite cop drama "NYPD Blue" that ran for 12 seasons on ABC concluded almost one and a half decades ago, and the cast, including Dennis Franz and David Caruso, has led eventful lives since. 




" was a crime drama based on the NYC's 15th Precinct dwelled on the failings, shortcomings, and prejudices of the cops that fought against the city's outlaws. 

The series ran for 12 long seasons from September 21, 1993, to March 1, 2005, but with the fandom that they garnered over the course of 12 years, the cast of the iconic show is still going strong in the world of entertainment. 

Dennis Franz and David Caruso in the pilot of "NYPD Blue" on April 19, 1993. | Source: Getty Images



After bagging three Emmys for his role as troubled detective Andy Sipowicz, Franz thought it was due time that he hung his badge for good and eased into a life of retirement. The veteran actor confessed to "Closer Weekly" that he wanted some time as himself and regrets nothing. 

“I just wanted to live an enjoyable, irresponsible, spend-time-with-my-family kind of life. I haven’t regretted one minute of it” 

Dennis Franz at an Emmy Awards rehearsal, circa. 1994 | Source: Wikimedia Commons



Caruso was with "NYPD Blues" for just two of the twelve years that the show was on-air. The reason for that, according to co-creator of the show, Steven Bochco, as he revealed in his memoir, "Truth Is a Total Defense," was that Caruso believed that he was simply too good for television. 

The actor, who was accused of being "volatile, moody or sullen, depending on the day," later went off and starred in a few movies before he returned to television in "CSI: Miami" before he too chose a life of retirement. 

David Caruso at the Longines Grand Prix class event at Los Angeles Convention Center on September 28, 2014. | Source: Getty Images



Nicholas Turturro, who was best known for his role as the cop James Martinez, certainly made his way up the ranks at the 15th Precinct and scored recurring roles in other crime fiction plots like "Third Watch," "Blue Bloods" and "The Name of the Rose," with his brother John.

During his time with the "NYPD Blues," Turturro also tried his luck in a comic role in a low-budget feature by the name of "The Search for 'One-Eye' Jimmy," in his attempt to prove that he was not "a one-note actor."

Nicholas Turturro at the "BlacKkKlansman" New York Premiere on July 30, 2018 in New York City. | Source: Getty Images



Being the daughter of an attorney and a superior court judge, Amy Brenneman was close to the world of law enforcement from an early age, but her role as a crooked cop was the closest she got to experience the life for herself. 

After her time on the '90s drama, she went straight on to star in shows like "Judging Amy," "Private Practice," and "The Leftovers." Furthermore, the actress recently celebrated 25 years of successful marriage director Brad Silberling.

Amy Brenneman at Step Up's 14th annual Inspiration Awards on June 1, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images



Sherry Stringfield was with "NYPD Blue" for only one season, portraying the role of Assistant DA Laura Michaels before she moved on to play a lead on the medical drama "ER" as Dr. Susan Lewis. 

Her involvement in the medical drama was limited to just three years as the actress took a break to start a family before returning to television with roles in "Under the Dome" and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders."

Sherry Stringfield at Raising The Bar To End Parkinson's on December 5, 2012 in Culver City, California. | Source: Getty Images



The veteran actor, James McDaniel, was cast as the serious Lt. Arthur Fancy for eight seasons of the iconic crime drama. However, McDaniel has a long list of filmography under his name. 

The 61-year-old actor has appeared in well over 40 movies and television shows, including titles like "Taken," "Las Vegas," "Detroit 1-8-7," "Orange Is the New Black," "Sleepy Hollow," and "The Night Shift."

James McDaniel at the 65th Annual Peabody Awards in New York City. | Source: Wikimedia Commons


The show had previously made headlines with talks of a revival sequel with a plot that was said to revolve around the son of Dennis Franz's character Detective Andy Sipowicz after the detective's death. 

However, the show never took off although the pilot was very good. ABC’s entertainment president, Karey Burke told "TVLine" that the main problem was that the original show had set the bar too high.