• George Dzundza was born on 19 July 1945 in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany.
• He is an actor, best known for his role of NYPD Sergeant Max Greevey in the NBC police procedural and legal drama series “Law & Order”.
• His net worth is estimated to be over $2 million.
• He retired from acting in 2010 and has since worked as a director.
• He has been married to Mary Jo Vermeulen since 1982 and has 3 children.



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FactAttended private Catholic Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, New York City, whose fellow alumni included Martin Scorsese, George Carlin', Regis Philbin, Jamal Mashburn and Don DeLillo.

Who is George Dzundza?

George F. Dzundza was born on 19 July 1945 under the birth sign of Cancer, in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany. He’s an actor, probably best recognized for starring in the role of NYPD Sergeant Max Greevey in the NBC police procedural and legal drama series “Law & Order”.

Would you like to know more about George Dzundza’s professional career and personal life? How rich is he, as of now? If you are interested, stay tuned and find out all the details about him.

How rich is he, as of now? George Dzundza Net Worth

His professional career started in 1973, and he’s been an active member in the entertainment industry ever since. So, if anyone of you ever wondered how rich George Dzundza is, authoritative sources estimate that the total size of his net worth is over $2 million, accumulated through his successful career.

Early Life, Education, Nationality, Ethnicity

George Dzundza spent the first several years of his life in camps for displaced persons, where he was raised alongside a brother by his father, who was a Ukrainian Unterlander, and his mother, who was a Polish Galitzianer – they had been subjected to forced labor by the Nazis.

Following the end of WWII, the family lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands and eventually immigrated to the US in 1956, settling down in New York City. Upon matriculation from Xavier High School, George enrolled in St. John’s University to study Theatre Arts and Speech.

The 1970s: Career Beginnings

Speaking about his professional acting career, George Dzundza made his debut appearance on stage in 1973,  in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of “King Lear”. During the same year, he made his debut film appearance in the role of Mr. Creepy in the exploitation crime-horror “Massage Parlor Murders!”, which was followed by his portrayal of Dean in the Italian comedy “Fischia il sesso” (1974).

His next major role came in 1978, when he portrayed John Welsh in the the Academy Award-winning war drama film “The Deer Hunter”, starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep, really marking the establishment of his net worth. During the same decade, he guest-starred in such television series such as “Great Performances”, “Starsky And Hutch”, and “Young Maverick”, among many others.

The early and mid-1980s: Rise to Prominence

At the beginning of the 1980s, George’s career was moved to the next level, as he started getting more serious roles, since he was chosen to portray the lead role of Gordon Feester in the ABC sitcom “Open All Night” (1981-82).

Concurrently, he also starred as Frank Collin in the 1981 made-for-television film “Skokie”, and then in the same year, featured as Eugene in one of the most expensive box office flops, the British comedy film “Honky Tonk Freeway” . Over the next few years, George came to prominence through such significant roles as Steve Loparino in the 1984 comedy film “Best Defense”, next to Dudley Moore and Eddie Murphy; Captain Stemkowski in the neo-noir crime thriller “No Mercy” (1986), alongside Richard Gere and Kim Basinger; and Sam Hesselman in Roger Donaldson’s neo-noir political thriller “No Way Out” in 1987.

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The late 1980s: “Law & Order”

By the end of the decade, George also landed the role of Commander Daskal, in Kevin Reynolds’ 1988 war film “The Beast”, starred as Paul Landers in the drama “White Hunter Black Heart”, directed by Clint Eastwood, and played Lt. Joe Morgan in the thriller “Impulse”, both in 1990. During the same year, he joined the cast of the NBC police procedural and legal drama series “Law & Order”, starring as NYPD Sergeant Max Greevey. Although he left the series in 1991, the role added a considerable amount to his net worth, and increased enormously his popularity all over the world.

Why did George Dzundza leave “Law & Order”?

George was in the original cast of the NBC long-running series “Law & Order”, but he starred only for one season, leaving it after a discussion he had regarding scheduling and script quality. During that time, his wife was pregnant and he was forced to divide his time between his home in Los Angeles and New York City, where the filming was set. It came to a head when the producers threatened to fire him if he continued to hold up the filming to be with his pregnant wife, so he left the show.

The 1990s: Continued Success and Voice Overs

With the beginning of the next decade, George continued to line up successes by landing other major roles, including as Leo Lemke in the 1991 romantic comedy “The Butcher’s Wife”, alongside Demi Moore, after which he was cast as Detective Gus Moran in the neo-noir erotic thriller “Basic Instinct” (1992). From 1993 to 1995, he did various voice overs in “Batman: The Animated Series”, which was followed by his portrayal of Hal Griffith in the 1995 drama “Dangerous Mind”, starring along with Michelle Pfeiffer and Wade Dominguez. Thereafter, George provided his voice to Perry White, a DC Comics character in “Superman: The Animated Series” (1996-99), increasing further his net worth. Moreover, he was also cast as John Warner, Sr. in the NBC sitcom “Jesse” from 1998 to 1999.

The 2000s and 2010s: Retirement and Career as a Director

George’s first significant role in the new millennium came in 2002, when he featured as Reg Duffy in the crime drama “City By The Sea”, alongside Robert De Niro and James Franco, after which he was chosen to play Tom Grzelak in the CBS action-drama series “Hack” (2002-03). Two years later, he joined the cast of the ABC medical drama series “Grey’s Anatomy”, portraying Harold O’Malley throughl 2007. Thereafter, George became quite passive in searching for new projects as an actor, since he starred as Norman in the 2010 comedy-drama “The Chosen One”, and then made his last appearance in the made-for-television film “Danni Lowinski”, playing Augustus ‘Gus’ Lowinski. Following his retirement from acting, George turned to directing, and has worked on such plays as “I Am My Own Wife” and “Doubt”.

What is George Dzundza doing now?

There is almost no information known to the media regarding his professional career at the present time, and one of the main reasons why we cannot find any information is his absence from the social media scene, since he has no Instagram, Twitter or Facebook account. Accordingly, we can only assume that he’s retired, and spends his time with family and friends.

Personal Life: His Wife Mary Jo Dzundza, Children

When it comes to talk about his personal life, George Dzundza is apparently a happily married man. After spending some time in a relationship with Mary Jo Vermeulen, the couple eventually exchanged their wedding vows in 1982, at a private ceremony attended by their closest family and friends ; the couple is blessed with three children. Regarding their residence, the family currently lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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General Info

Full NameGeorge Dzundza
Height1.78 m
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationSt. John's University

Family

SpouseMary Jo Vermeulen

Accomplishments

AwardsVolpi Cup for Best Actor
NominationsDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
MoviesBasic Instinct, The Deer Hunter, Dangerous Minds, Crimson Tide, Species II, The Butcher's Wife, No Way Out, White Hunter Black Heart, The Beast, City by the Sea, Instinct, That Darn Cat, No Mercy, Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero, Superman: Brainiac Attacks, Honky Tonk Freeway, The Ryan White Story, Bes...
TV ShowsLaw & Order, Hack, Jesse, Superman: The Animated Series, Something Is Out There, Open All Night, Salem's Lot

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