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Early life and educationEdit
Dzundza was born in Rosenheim, Germany, to a Ukrainian Unterlander father and Polish Galitzianer mother who were forced into factory labour by the Nazis. He spent the first few years of his life in displaced persons camps with his parents and one brother.
Before emigrating to the United States in 1956, the family lived in Amsterdam for some years. His family then moved to the US, settling in New York City, where George attended Xavier High School. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen.
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Dzundza had his own 1981 sitcom series Open All Night, about the owner of a "Store 364" convenience store in Inglewood, California. He portrayed American Nazi leader Frank Collin in the 1981 made-for-television movie Skokie.
In 1987, Dzundza played Sam Hesselman, a disabled man in a wheelchair, in No Way Out and Commander Daskal in The Beast. His other major film roles include The Deer Hunter, White Hunter Black Heart, Streamers, Basic Instinct, Crimson Tide, and Dangerous Minds.
He was an original cast member of the long-running NBC drama Law & Order, playing NYPD Sergeant Max Greevey in the first season only. He was disappointed when he realized that Law & Order would be more of an ensemble show rather than a show starring him. Though his castmates liked his portrayal of Greevey, they increasingly felt uncomfortable around Dzundza, who was also under stress from the commute between New York City and his home in Los Angeles. Dzundza quit after the first season of the show, making his last full appearance in the season finale, "The Blue Wall". His character (portrayed by an extra with his back to the camera) was murdered in the second season premiere episode, "Confession".
His other acting work includes an appearance on The Waltons (1975), playing the Archie Bunker-like father in the short-lived Christina Applegate sitcom Jesse, and voicing supervillain the Ventriloquist in Batman: The Animated Series and Perry White in Superman: The Animated Series, as well as numerous minor roles such as G. Carl Francis and Dr. Gregory Belson, within both shows. His Broadway theatre credits include Terrence McNally's The Ritz.
|1973||Massage Parlor Murders||Mr. Creepy|
|1974||Fischia Il Sesso||Dean|
|1975||The Happy Hooker||Chet|
|1978||The Deer Hunter||John Welsh|
|1981||Honky Tonk Freeway||Eugene|
|1984||Best Defense||Steve Loparino|
|1986||No Mercy||Captain Stemkowski|
|1987||No Way Out||Sam Hesselman|
|No Man's Land||Uncle Mike||Uncredited|
|1990||Impulse||Lt. Joe Morgan|
|White Hunter Black Heart||Paul Landers|
|1991||The Butcher's Wife||Leo Lemke|
|1992||Basic Instinct||Detective Gus Moran|
|1995||Crimson Tide||Chief of the Boat (COB)|
|Dangerous Minds||Hal Griffith|
|1997||That Darn Cat||Boetticher|
|Do Me A Favor||Wallace Muller|
|1998||Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero||Dr. Gregory Belson (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|Species II||Colonel Carter Burgess Jr.|
|1999||Instinct||Dr. John Murray|
|2002||Determination of Death||Mac|
|City by the Sea||Reg Duffy|
|2005||National Lampoon's Adam & Eve||Eve's dad|
|2006||Superman: Brainiac Attacks||Perry White (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|2010||The Chosen One||Norman|
|1974||Kung Fu||Mr. Evans / 1st John||Episode: "Night of the Owls, Day of the Doves"|
|Great Performances||Gentleman||Episode: "King Lear"|
|1975||Movin' On||Charlie Banner||Episode: "From Baltimore to Eternity"|
|Starsky & Hutch||Crandell||Episode: "Snowstorm"|
|The Waltons||A.J. Covington||Episode: "The Abdication"|
|Grady||George Kosinski||3 episodes|
|Joe Forrester||Episode: "The Best Laid Schemes"|
|1976||Bert D'Angelo/Superstar||Mike Zuber||Episode: "Murder in Velvet"|
|1977||The Streets of San Francisco||Paul Weber||Episode: "The Canine Collar"|
|1978||The Defection of Simas Kudirka||Gruzauskas||TV film|
|1979||Salem's Lot||Cully Sawyer||2 episodes
|1979–1980||Young Maverick||Clem||2 episodes|
|1981||Skokie||Frank Collin||TV film|
|A Long Way Home||Floyd Booth|
|1981–1982||Open All Night||Gordon Feester||13 episodes|
|1983||The Face of Rage||Nick||TV film|
|Faerie Tale Theatre||The Woodsman||Episode: "Sleeping Beauty"|
|1984||The Lost Honor of Kathryn Beck||Lt. DeCarlo||TV film|
|When She Says No||Paul Fellows|
|1984, 1988||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Mr. Elder / Arthur Jennings||2 episodes|
|1985||The Rape of Richard Beck||Blastig||TV film|
|Brotherly Love||Lieutenant Conde|
|The Execution of Raymond Graham||Prison Chaplain|
|1986||The Disney Sunday Movie||Pete Selzer||Episode: "2 1/2 Dad"|
|The Twilight Zone||Colonel Ilyanov||Episode: "Red Snow"|
|One Police Plaza||Detective Gustav Stamm||TV film|
|1987||Crime Story||Ivan Ivanovitch Patchenko||Episode: "Mig 21"|
|Glory Years||John Moss||TV film|
|1988||Something Is Out There||Frank Dileo||2 episodes|
|1989||Terror on Highway 91||Sheriff Jessie Barton||TV film|
|The Ryan White Story||Dr. Kleiman|
|Cross of Fire||Boyd Gurley||TV miniseries (2 episodes) / TV film|
|1990–1991||Law & Order||Sergeant Max Greevey||22 episodes|
|1992||What She Doesn't Know||Jack Kilcoin||TV film|
|1993–1995||Batman: The Animated Series||G. Carl Francis / Thomas Jackson / Fisherman / Arnold Wesker/The Ventriloquist / Chubb / Armoured Truck Driver / Judge (voices)||6 episodes|
|1993||The Untouchables||Warden Wyandotte||2 episodes|
|Animaniacs||Ivan Bloski||Episode: "Guardin' the Garden / Plane Pals"|
|1994||The Babymaker: The Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story||Dr. Cecil Jacobson||TV film|
|Matlock||Michael Brennan||Episode: "Brennen"|
|The Enemy Within||Jake||TV film|
|1996||The Limbic Region||Lloyd|
|Road Rovers||Gustav Hovac (voice)||Episode: "Where Rovers Dare"|
|1996–1999||Superman: The Animated Series||Perry White (voice)||8 episodes|
|1997||The New Batman Adventures||Arnold Wesker/The Ventriloquist (voice)||Episode: "Double Talk"|
|1998–1999||Jesse||John Warner, Sr.||22 episodes|
|2000||Touched by an Angel||Bud Baxter||Episode: "The Empty Chair"|
|Third Watch||Faith's Dad||Episode: "Know Thyself"|
|2002||The Agency||Helmut||Episode: "The Gauntlet"|
|2002–2003||Hack||Tom Grzelak||22 episodes|
|2005||Stargate SG-1||Jim/Anubis||Episode: "Threads"|
|2005–2007||Grey's Anatomy||Harold O'Malley||TV series, 7 episodes|
|2006||The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||Coach||Episode: "The Secret Snake Club vs. P.E. / King Tooten Pooten"|
|2008||October Road||Gloy Daniels||Episode: "Hat? No Hat?"|
|2009||The Beast||Lieutenant Platko||Episode: "Two Choices"|
|2011||Danni Lowinski||Augustus 'Gus' Lowinski||TV film|
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