Dugan, Dennis 1946–

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DUGAN, Dennis 1946–


Born September 5, 1946, in Wheaton, IL; married Joyce Van Patten (an actress; divorced); some sources also cite a marriage to Sharon O'Connor; children: (with Van Patten) Kelly (son). Education: Attended Trinity University, San Antonio, TX; studied acting at Goodman Theatre School.

Addresses: Agent—United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Manager—Alex Ankeles, Mosaic Media Group, 9200 Sunset Blvd., 10th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90069; Eric L. Gold, Werner-Gold-Miller, 4000 Warner Blvd., Burbank, CA 91522. Publicist—Bumble Ward and Associates, 8383 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 340, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Career: Actor and director. International Arts Relations Theatre, New York City, lighting designer, 1979–80; also worked as stage manager.


Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Emergency room doctor, The Hospital, 1971.

Night Call Nurses, New World, 1974.

Apprentice, The Day of the Locust, Paramount, 1975.

Young man, Night Moves, Warner Bros., 1975.

Logan, Smile, United Artists, 1975.

Lewis, Harry and Walter Go to New York, Columbia, 1976.

Garson Hobart, Norman … Is That You?, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1976.

Tom Trimble/Hermes, Unidentified Flying Oddball (also known as The Spaceman and King Arthur, A Spaceman in King Arthur's Court, UFO, and The Unidentified Flying Oddball), Buena Vista, 1979.

Chris, The Howling, Avco-Embassy, 1981.

Rob, Water (also known as Water: The Movie), Rank, 1985.

David Miller, Can't Buy Me Love (also known as Boy Rents Girl), Buena Vista, 1987.

Mr. Settigren, The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (also known as Pippi Laangstrump—starkast I vaerlden), Columbia, 1988.

Bill, She's Having a Baby, Paramount, 1988.

David Brodsky, Parenthood, Universal, 1989.

All-American dad, Problem Child, Universal, 1990.

Stage hand, Brain Donors (also known as Lame Ducks), Paramount, 1992.

Doug Thompson, Happy Gilmore, Universal, 1996.

Reluctant trick-or-treat giver, Big Daddy, Columbia, 1999.

(Uncredited) Referee, Saving Silverman (also known as Evil Woman), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2001.

Film Director:

Problem Child, Universal, 1990.

Brain Donors (also known as Lame Ducks), Paramount, 1992.

Happy Gilmore, Universal, 1996.

Beverly Hills Ninja, Sony Pictures, 1997.

Big Daddy, 1999.

Saving Silverman (also known as Evil Woman), Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2001.

National Security, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Title role, Richie Brockelman, Private Eye, NBC, 1978.

Ben Christian, Empire, CBS, 1984.

Edgar "Benny" Benedek, Shadow Chasers, ABC, 1985–86.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Private Becker, Death Race (also known as State of Division), ABC, 1973.

Charlie Elliott, The Girl Most Likely To …, ABC, 1973.

Title role, Richie Brockelman: The Missing 24 Hours (also known as The Missing 24 Hours), NBC, 1976.

Sergeant Theodore "Mac" Albinsky, Columbo: Last Salute to the Commodore, NBC, 1976.

Title role, Diary of Richie Brockelman, syndicated, 1978.

(Uncredited) Officer Johnny Lucas, Last of the Good Guys, CBS, 1978.

Darryl Appleby, Country Gold, CBS, 1982.

Dick, The Toughest Man in the World, CBS, 1984.

Door knocker, Karroll's Christmas, Arts and Entertainment, 2004.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Joel Snedeger, Alice, CBS, 1976.

Father Morgan, Father, O Father, ABC, 1977.

Josh Fowler, Did You Hear About Josh and Kelly?!, CBS, 1980.

Ivan Travalian, Full House, CBS, 1983.

Edgar "Benny" Benedek, Shadow Chasers, ABC, 1985.

Marty Kessler, Channel 99, NBC, 1988.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Andy Martin, "The Girl Who Couldn't Lose," ABC Afternoon Playbreak, ABC, 1975.

NBC team member, Battle of the Network Stars (also known as Battle of the Network Stars IV), ABC, 1978.

Chris (in archive footage), Making a Monster Movie: Inside "The Howling," 1981.

Officer Needham, Leadfoot, syndicated, 1982.

Interviewee, Canned Ham: Big Daddy, Comedy Central, 1999.

"The Making of 'Big Daddy,'" HBO First Look, HBO, 1999.

Reel Comedy: Saving Silverman, Comedy Central, 2001.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Stuart Lee Claybourne, "The Theft," The Waltons, CBS, 1973.

"Love and the Lie," Love, American Style, ABC, 1973.

George, "The Deadly Trail," Cannon, 1974.

Danny McShane, "Love and Marriage," M∗A∗S∗H, CBS, 1975.

"The Fatal Weakness," Hollywood Television Theater, PBS, 1976.

Richie Brockelman, "The House on Willis Avenue," The Rockford Files, NBC, 1978.

"The Broken Badge," Police Story, NBC, 1978.

Richie Brockelman, "The Return of Richie Brockelman" (also known as "Never Send a Boy King to Do a Man's Job"), The Rockford Files, NBC, 1979.

Jack Hogarth, "Superstar," Supertrain, 1979.

Lloyd Hoffmeyer, "Second Time Around," It's a Living, ABC, 1981.

Captain Freedom, "The World According to Freedom," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

Captain Freedom, "Pestolozzi's Revenge," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

Captain Freedom, "The Spy Who Came In from Delgado," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

Captain Freedom, "Freedom's Last Stand," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1982.

Bob Wilson, "Strange Bedfellows," M∗A∗S∗H, CBS, 1983.

"Tears of a Clown," St. Elsewhere, 1985.

Shadow, "The Snitch," Hooperman, ABC, 1988.

Walter Bishop, "Tracks of My Tears," Moonlighting, ABC, 1988.

"Eek! A Spouse!," Moonlighting, ABC, 1988.

Walter Bishop, "Maddie Hayes Got Married," Moonlighting, ABC, 1988.

Walter Bishop, "And the Flesh Was Made Word," Moonlighting, ABC, 1988.

Cy, "Lunar Eclipse," Moonlighting, ABC, 1989.

Roy Tomba, "Pacific Rimshot," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993.

Appeared as Officer Needham in an episode of Leadfoot; also appeared in Scene of the Crime, NBC; voice, These Are the Days (animated), ABC.

Television Appearances; Other:

Claude Tinker, Rich Man, Poor Man (miniseries; also known as Rich Man, Poor Man—Book 1), ABC, 1976.

The Fatal Weakness, 1976.

Police Story: The Broken Badge, 1977.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Turning Point," Hunter, NBC, 1987.

"Phantom Pain," Wiseguy, CBS, 1988.

"Between a Yuk and a Hard Place," Moonlighting, ABC, 1988.

"Lunar Eclipse," Moonlighting, ABC, 1989.

"Take My Wife, For Example," Moonlighting, ABC, 1989.

"Those Lips, Those Lies," Moonlighting, ABC, 1989.

"When Girls Collide," Moonlighting, ABC, 1989.

"Sheedy Darlings," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1993.

"Who Killed Nick Hazard?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1994.

"Who Killed the Starlet?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1994.

"The Final Adjustment," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1994.

"Frosted Flakes," Picket Fences, CBS, 1994.

"Who Killed the Gadget Man?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1995.

"Who Killed the King of the Country Club?," Burke's Law, CBS, 1995.

"Freeze Cuts," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1995.

"Mr. Seed Goes to Town," Picket Fences, CBS, 1995.

"Smooth Sailing," The Love Boat: The Next Wave, UPN, 1998.

Shasta McNasty (also known as Shasta), UPN, 1999.

Director of "Brackman, Mckenzie, Barnum and Bailey" and "Eli's Gumming," episodes of L.A. Law, NBC; also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Fox; The Byrds of Paradise, ABC; Civil Wars, ABC, c. 1992; Doogie Howser, M.D., ABC, c. 1992; Hope & Faith, ABC; Method & Red, Fox; The Mullets, UPN; Sonny Spoon, NBC; and Traps, CBS.

Television Director; Movies:

Columbo: Butterflies in Shades of Grey, ABC, 1994.

"The Shaggy Dog," The ABC Family Movie (also known as The Disney Family Movie), ABC, 1994.

Karroll's Christmas, Arts and Entertainment, 2004.

Television Director; Pilots:

Marker, UPN, 1995.

Stage Appearances:

(Off-Broadway debut) The House of Blue Leaves, Truck and Warehouse Theatre, 1971.

Rainbows for Sale, Center Theatre Group, New Theatre for Now, Music Center of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, 1972.

Also appeared in A Man's a Man, New York City.



TV Guide, August 21, 1999, p. 5.

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