Daniel J. Travanti

Actor


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About this interview

In his four-and-a-half hour Archive interview, Daniel J. Travanti talks about his early years breaking into television as a guest star on such shows as Route 66, The Defenders, and Gunsmoke. Travanti speaks in detail about the role for which he is most identified, "Captain Frank Furillo" on Hill Street Blues.  He also discusses the production of this series and some of the key series' storylines. He then talks about his later work that included the television movies Adam and Murrow and the police drama series Missing Persons. Karen Herman conducted the interview on October 13, 2004 in Chicago, IL.

"I was born an actor.  It's just there and irresistible. It seemed absolutely correct to me. There's just no question."

Highlights
Daniel J. Travanti on briefly meeing his idol Lucille Ball
00:59
Daniel J. Travanti on starting his role as Frank Furillo on Hill Street Blues
Actor Daniel J. Travanti on his appearance on an episode of The Bob Newhart Show
00:35
Daniel J. Travanti on the ensemble cast of Hill Street Blues; on its final episode
19:11
Actor Daniel J. Travanti on playing himself on an episode of Newhart
02:49
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years; on the television he watched as a child; on starting out as a theater actor

Chapter 2

On his early theater work (continued)
On his television debut on an episode of Route 66
On iconic television; on appearing on an episode of The Defenders

Chapter 3

On his television work in the sixties including appearances on East Side/West Side, Flipper, The Patty Duke Show and Gunsmoke
On his work on episodes The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart; on the ratings of Hill Street Blues

Chapter 4

On working in commercials; on appearing on The Doctors and General Hospital
On turning down a police series; on the path to starring in Hill Street Blues

Chapter 5

On starting on Hill Street Blues

Chapter 6

On how he was cast on Hill Street Blues as Capt. Furillo; on the premise of the series; on his character
On the series' (and his own) Emmy wins; on Hill Street Blues' production; on working with his co-stars Veronica Hamel and Michael Conrad (and his death during the run of the series)

Chapter 7

On the ensemble cast of Hill Street Blues; on its final episode
On starring in the TV movie Adam; on starring in the TV movie Murrow (1986)

Chapter 8

On playing Edward R. Murrow; on starring in feature films and  TV movies including Howard Beach: The Case for Murder; I Never Sang for My Father; and Poltergeist: The Legacy; on the life of an actor

Chapter 9

On appearing on The Outer Limits; on moving to Chicago; on his thoughts on the television industry; on his legacy
Shows

Adam

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Daniel J. Travanti in starring as John Walsh in Adam
06:51

Adam: His Song Continues

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Daniel J. Travanti in starring as John Walsh in Adam
06:51

Bob Newhart Show, The (1972-78)

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Actor Daniel J. Travanti on his appearance on an episode of The Bob Newhart Show
00:35

Defenders, The

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Actor Daniel J. Travanti on his guest appearance on The Defenders (replacing Robert Redford, who couldn't make it to the shoot)

Emmy Awards, The (Primetime and Daytime)

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Daniel J. Travanti on Hill Street Blues' Emmy wins
01:32

Gunsmoke

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Actor Daniel J. Travanti on his guest appearances on Gunsmoke
03:58

Hill Street Blues

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Daniel J. Travanti on the path that took him to becoming cast on Hill Street Blues
Daniel J. Travanti on starting his role as Frank Furillo on Hill Street Blues
Daniel J. Travanti on how he was cast on Hill Street Blues as Capt. Furillo; on the premise of the series; on his character
18:13
Daniel J. Travanti on Hill Street Blues' Emmy wins
01:32
Daniel J. Travanti on Hill Street Blues' production; on working with his co-stars Veronica Hamel and Michael Conrad (and his death during the run of the series)
Daniel J. Travanti on the ensemble cast of Hill Street Blues; on its final episode
19:11

Lost in Space

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Actor Daniel J. Travanti on his guest appearance on an episode of Lost in Space
00:46

Murrow

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Daniel J. Travanti on starring in Murrow (1986)
02:13

Newhart

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Actor Daniel J. Travanti on playing himself on an episode of Newhart
02:49

Route 66

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Actor Daniel J. Travanti on his TV debut, guest starring in the  Route 66 episode "Child of the Night" (airdate: 1/3/64)
12:17
People

Lucille Ball

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Daniel J. Travanti on briefly meeing his idol Lucille Ball
00:59

Stuart Rosenberg

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Actor Daniel J. Travanti on his guest appearance on The Defenders (replacing Robert Redford, who couldn't make it to the shoot)

John Walsh

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Daniel J. Travanti in starring as John Walsh in Adam
06:51

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