Dennis Dirk Blocker (born July 31, 1957) is an American actor. He earned his first regular TV role on Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976–1978), playing pilot Jerry Bragg. He stars as Detective Michael Hitchcock on the Fox/NBC comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine. He is the son of actor Dan Blocker and Dolphia Lee Blocker (née Parker). His brother is producer David Blocker.
Dennis Dirk Blocker
July 31, 1957
|Television||Jerry Bragg on Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976–1978)|
Detective Hitchcock on Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013–present)
|Parent(s)||Dan Blocker (father)|
Dolphia Parker (mother)
|Relatives||David Blocker (brother)|
Most recently, he is best known at the character Detective Michael Hitchcock in the sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Season 7 began running in February 2020 while the final Season was to be broadcast by NBC during the 2021–22 season. Over the years, the series has won several awards, including the Golden Globe Award in 2014 for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, the NHMC Impact Awards in 2015 for Outstanding Performance in a Television Series, the GLAAD Media Awards in 2018 for Outstanding Comedy Series and the Shorty Awards in 2019 for Best TV Show.
Blocker began appearing on American television in 1974, acting in an episode of Marcus Welby, M.D. at the age of 16. He has had guest roles in ER; Little House on the Prairie; The X-Files; Beverly Hills, 90210; Walker, Texas Ranger; Night Court; Murder, She Wrote; M*A*S*H; Doogie Howser, M.D.; Matlock; Quantum Leap and CHiPs. At age 19, he was cast in the role of 1st Lt. Jerry Bragg on the military drama Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976–1978). He did not have another regular TV series role until being cast in Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013–present).
He played a one-shot supporting role in Bonanza: The Return as a reporter named Fenster, though not as the son of Hoss Cartwright, the role made iconic by his father.
An article published by NBC states that (at an unspecificed date) "Blocker went back to school to earn his bachelor of arts degree so he could teach K-12" and in 2017, published a book that he had written, Master and the Little Monk, about "a lonely young boy who is befriended by a unique ally and mentor".
His film credits include Midnight Madness (1980), Raise the Titanic (1980), The Border (1982), Poltergeist (1982), Starman (1984), Trouble in Mind (1985), Made in Heaven (1987), Prince of Darkness (1987), Pink Cadillac (1989), Cutting Class (1989), Equinox (1993), Short Cuts (1993), Night of the Scarecrow (1995), and Mad City (1997).
- Marcus Welby, M.D. (1974, TV series) as Benji
- Little House on the Prairie (1974, TV series) as Abel Makay (Episode "School Mom")
- Lucas Tanner (1974, TV series) as Jordan Adair
- The Family Holvak (1975, TV series) as Pete
- Phyllis (1976, TV series) as Jack
- Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976–78, TV series) as 1st Lt. Jerome "Jerry" Bragg
- CHiPs (1978, TV series) as Turk
- B.J. and the Bear (1979, TV series) as Jimmy Lee
- Midnight Madness (1980) – Blaylak – Green Team
- Raise the Titanic (1980) – Merker
- M*A*S*H (1981, TV series) as James Mathes
- The Border (1982) – Beef
- Poltergeist (1982) – Jeff Shaw
- Two of a Kind (1982, TV Movie) – Barry
- Starman (1984) – Cop #1
- Trouble in Mind (1985) – Rambo
- Hunter (episode: The Jade Woman) (1987, TV series) as Randall Fane
- Made in Heaven (1987) – Shorty
- Prince of Darkness (1987) – Mullins
- Born to Race (1988) – Bud
- Cutting Class (1989) – Coach Harris
- Pink Cadillac (1989) – Policeman #1
- Love at Large (1990) – Hiram Culver, Used-Car Salesman
- Equinox (1992) – Red
- Short Cuts (1993) – Diner Customer
- River of Rage (1993, TV Movie) – Sheriff Mapes
- Bonanza: The Return (1993, TV Movie) – Walter Fenster
- Bonanza: Under Attack (1995, TV Movie) – Fenster
- Night of the Scarecrow (1995) – George
- The Siege at Ruby Ridge (1996, TV Movie) – Undercover agent (uncredited)
- Larger Than Life (1996) – Airport Security Man
- Beverly Hills, 90210 (1997, TV Series) - Dan the Bartender (Episodes "Friends, Lovers, and Children" & "Deadline")
- Gun (1997, TV Series) – Clifford Sutton
- Mad City (1997) – Bowler #2
- Inherit the Wind (1999, TV Movie) – Sheriff Sam Gibson
- Deadwood (2004, TV Series) – Jay Johnson
- Criminal Minds (2009, TV Series) – Trent
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013–Present, TV Series) – Detective Hitchcock
- "Dirk Blocker Biography (1957–)". www.filmreference.com.
- DETECTIVE MICHAEL HITCHCOCK
- Dirk Blocker on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Boyhood, and His Book
- Goldberg, Lesley (February 11, 2021). "'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' to End With Abbreviated, Delayed Season 8 on NBC". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
- DETECTIVE MICHAEL HITCHCOCK