Dennis Boutsikaris

Dennis Boutsikaris
Born (1952-12-21) December 21, 1952
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Deborah Hedwall (1982-2002; 2 children)

Dennis Boutsikaris (born December 21, 1952) is an American character actor who has won the Obie Award twice. He is also a narrator of audiobooks and for which he has won an Audie Award.

Early life and education

Boutsikaris was born in Newark, New Jersey, to a Greek American father and Jewish mother,[1] and grew up in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey.[2] A graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, Boutsikaris toured the country with John Houseman's The Acting Company doing classical theatre.


Boutsikaris' film credits include leading roles in *batteries not included, The Dream Team, Crocodile Dundee II, Boys on the Side and In Dreams, among many others. His most recent indie films include Cherry Crush, The Education of Charlie Banks, and Calling it Quits.[3] He is Paul Wolfowitz in Oliver Stone's "W."[4] In 2012 he co-starred in The Bourne Legacy, the fourth instalment of the successful "Bourne" franchise.[5]

On television he had the lead in the series Stat, The Jackie Thomas Show, and Misery Loves Company. He has also had recurring roles on Sidney Lumet's 100 Centre Street, Nurse, Trinity, ER, Law & Order and, most recently, on Showtime's Shameless.[6] Boutsikaris had a leading part in episode 20 of the second season of the hit CBS show Person of Interest which aired in the USA on Thursday, April 26, 2013.[7] He was part of NBC's State of Affairs, the TV series that marks the return to series television of Katherine Heigl.[8] In 2012 he also made an appearance as Jack Quayle in the season 2 episode "Collateral Damage" of the CBS show Blue Bloods. In 2015 and 2016, he played the role of lawyer Rick Schweikart in the first and second seasons of the American series Better Call Saul.[9]

He has starred in over 20 TV movies, including Chasing the Dragon (with Markie Post), And Then There was One (with Amy Madigan), Three Faces of Karen (with Gail O'Grady), Survival on the Mountain, Beyond Betrayal,[10] and as Woody Allen in the miniseries Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story (with Patsy Kensit).[11]


On Broadway Boutsikaris became the first American to play Mozart in Amadeus, and was directed by Laurence Olivier in Filumena. He starred in the Off-Broadway production of Sight Unseen to great critical acclaim.

He has been seen on Broadway in Bent, Filumena (directed by Sir Laurence Olivier), and Amadeus (as the first American to play Mozart) with Frank Langella. He was seen in the Delacorte Theatre's production of Julius Caesar as Cassius. He was in the original New York productions of The Boys Next Door, A Picasso, and the revival of That Championship Season.

Off-Broadway he is probably best known for playing Jonathan Waxman in the original production of Sight Unseen at the Manhattan Theatre Club and later at the Orpheum Theatre. He received the Obie Award and a nomination for a Drama Desk Award for this performance. At the Geffen Theatre in Los Angeles he appeared in the premiere of David Mamet's The Old Neighborhood and in 2007 Jane Anderson's The Quality of Life with Laurie Metcalf and Jo Beth Williams. For that performance he received the Backstage West Garland Award for Best Actor and was nominated for Best Actor by the L.A. Critics Drama Circle and by the LA Alliance Ovation Awards.

In 2009 he was in the Broadway revivals of Brighton Beach Memoirs and Broadway Bound. The former opened to wide critical acclaim and then closed one week later. The latter never opened.

He continued his association with Laurie Metcalf appearing with her in The Other Place Off-Broadway.

Voice work

He can be heard in over 100 audiobooks and has received eight Audie Awards and two Best Voices of the Year Awards from AudioFile Magazine.[12]


Boutsikaris has received two Obie Awards: one in 1985 for Outstanding Performance in Nest of the Woodgrouse at the New York Shakespeare Festival, directed by Joseph Papp; and one in 1992 for Outstanding Performance in Sight Unseen at the Manhattan Theatre Club. He also received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Best Actor for Sight Unseen, as well as a Cable ACE nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Chasing the Dragon in 1995. He was nominated for a People's Choice Award as best Newcomer. He received the Best Actor Award at the Staten Island Film Festival and the Long island Film Festival for his role in Calling It Quits.

Personal life

Boutsikaris was married to actress Deborah Hedwall, they divorced in 2002.


  1. Papapostolou, Anastasios (November 19, 2008). "Dennis Boutsikaris aka Mr. Wolfowitz in W.". Retrieved September 9, 2010.
  2. Staff. "Play It Again, Dennis: In This Week's Mia Farrow TV Bio, Dennis Boutsikaris Shows He Nose Woody", People (magazine), March 6, 1995. Accessed February 27, 2011. "His own life doesn't much resemble Allen's. He grew up in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, the son of an ad exec and a homemaker."
  3. "Guiding Light's Orlagh Cassidy in Calling It Quits". Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  4. "Dennis Boutsikaris aka Mr. Wolfowitz in W. |". Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  5. "The Bourne Legacy Premiere - Dennis Boutsikaris (2012)". Trailer Addict. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  6. Bell, Crystal (15 January 2012). "'Shameless' Star Spills Season 2 Secrets". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  7. "Person of Interest In Extremis Review: Time for a Reboot". Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  8. Times, Los Angeles. "'State of Affairs' an uneven comeback vehicle for Katherine Heigl". Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  9. "'Better Call Saul' is Becoming a Triple-Threat Drama". Inverse. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  10. "Beyond Betrayal (1994) starring Susan Dey, Richard Dean Anderson, Annie Corley, James Tolkan, Michael O'Neill, Dennis Boutsikaris directed by Carl Schenkel - movie review on The Movie Scene". Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  11. Loynd, Ray (28 February 1995). "Review: 'Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story'". Variety. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  12. "AudioFile Magazine Spotlight on Narrator Dennis Boutsikaris". AudioFile Magazine. Retrieved 25 October 2016.

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