George Dzundza

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George Dzundza
Born (1945-07-19) July 19, 1945 (age 69)
Rosenheim, Germany
Occupation Actor
Years active 1974–present
Spouse(s) Mary Jo
Relatives 3 children

George Dzundza (born July 19, 1945) is a German-born American television and film actor.

Early life and education[edit]

Dzundza (/ˈzʊndzə/ ZUUND-zə)[1] was born in Rosenheim, Germany, to a Ukrainian father and Polish mother who were forced into factory labour by the Nazis.[2] He spent the first few years of his life in displaced persons camps with his parents and one brother.[3] Before immigrating to the United States in 1956, the family lived in Amsterdam for some years. Dzundza attended St. John's University, studying speech and theatre arts. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen.[4]

Career[edit]

In 1987, Dzundza played the wheelchair-bound Sam Hesselman in No Way Out, and Commander Daskal in The Beast. His other major film roles include The Deer Hunter, White Hunter Black Heart, Basic Instinct, Crimson Tide, and Dangerous Minds. He played the part of Max Greevey on Law & Order for one season before leaving the show. Dzundza had his own sitcom series Open All Night, about the owner of a convenience store located in Cleveland.[5]

His other, lesser known acting roles include an appearance on The Waltons (1975), the Archie Bunker-like father in the short-lived Christina Applegate sitcom Jesse, and the voice of supervillain Ventriloquist in Batman: The Animated Series and Perry White in Superman: The Animated Series, as well as numerous minor roles within both shows. His Broadway theatre credits include Terrence McNally's The Ritz.

He portrayed American Nazi leader Frank Collin in the 1981 made-for-television movie Skokie.

In 2005, he played Anubis (aka "Jim") in the Stargate SG-1 Season 8 episode "Threads".

More recently, Dzundza portrayed George O'Malley's father on Grey's Anatomy.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1975 Starsky & Hutch Crandell TV series, 1 episode
1975 The Waltons A.J. Covington TV series, 1 episode
1979 Salem's Lot Cully Sawyer TV miniseries
1981 Skokie Frank Collin TV film
1981-1982 Open All Night Gordon Feester TV series
1981 A Long Way Home Floyd Booth TV film
1984 The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck Lt. DeCarlo TV film
1985 The Execution of Raymond Graham Prison Chaplain TV film
1985 Country Dance Lt. Conde TV film
1988 Something Is Out There Frank Dileo TV miniseries
1989 The Ryan White Story Dr. Kleiman TV film
1989 Cross of Fire Boyd Gurley TV miniseries
1990-1991 Law & Order Max Greevey TV series, 22 episodes
1992-1995 Batman: The Animated Series Arnold Wesker / The Ventriloquist TV series, 7 episodes
1994 Matlock Michael Brennan TV series, 1 episode
1996 The Limbic Region Lloyd TV film
1996-1999 Superman: The Animated Series Perry White TV series, 8 episodes
1997 The New Batman Adventures Arnold Wesker / The Ventriloquist TV series, 1 episode
1998-1999 Jesse John Warner, Sr. TV series, 22 episodes
2002-2003 Hack Tom Grzelak TV series, 22 episodes
2005 Stargate SG-1 Anubis TV series, 1 episode
2005-2007 Grey's Anatomy Harold O'Malley TV series, 7 episodes

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Deer Hunter John Welsh
1981 Honky Tonk Freeway Eugene
1983 Streamers Cokes
1984 Best Defense Steve Loparino
1986 No Mercy Captain Stemkowski
1987 No Way Out Sam Hesselman
1987 No Man's Land Uncle Mike Uncredited
1988 The Beast Daskal
1990 White Hunter Black Heart Paul Landers
1990 Impulse Lt. Joe Morgan
1991 The Butcher's Wife Leo Lemke
1992 Basic Instinct Detective Gus
1995 Crimson Tide Chief of the Boat (COB)
1995 Dangerous Minds Hal Griffith
1997 That Darn Cat Boetticher
1997 Do Me a Favor Wallace Muller
1998 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Dr. Gregory Belson Direct-to-video
1998 Species II Col. Carter Burgess Jr.
1999 Instinct Dr. John Murray
2000 Above Suspicion Stamos
2002 City by the Sea Reg Duffy
2005 National Lampoon's Adam & Eve Eve's dad
2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks Perry White Direct-to-video

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