Actor Anthony Denison

Anthony John Sarrero (born September 20, 1949), also known by his stage name Anthony Denison (also credited as Anthony John Denison and Tony Denison), is an American actor.

Early life

The eldest of three, he was born and raised in Harlem. He worked for John Hancock Insurance as a life insurance agent in Poughkeepsie, New York, while pursuing his acting career, starring in several stage productions around New Paltz, New York. His stage surname “Denison” was taken from his friend Jan Denison during his days as an actor and director at a nonprofit theater in the late 1970s.


Denison is most recently known for his role as Lieutenant Andy Flynn in The Closer (2005–2012) and its spin-off Major Crimes (2012–2018). He is well known for his role as mob boss Ray Luca on the NBC crime drama Crime Story (1986–1988). Afterwards, he starred and guest-starred in several crime movies and television programs, notably as undercover agent John Henry Raglin in Wiseguy (1987–90), The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (1988), City of Hope (1991), as Joey Buttafuoco in The Amy Fisher Story (1993), as John Gotti in Getting Gotti (1994), Criminal Passion (1994), and as head coach Mike George in ESPN’s drama series Playmakers (2003). He appeared in Season 1, Episode 3, of Charmed (1998-2006) as the father of the Halliwell sisters. In 2005, he appeared on Criminal Minds as Sgt. Weigart, a role he reprised in 2020 for one episode. He played Detective Buroughs in Karla (2006). He had a recurring role as Aldo Burrows on the Fox series Prison Break (2005–2009). In 2000, he played the role of a killer for hire in Walker, Texas Ranger (1993–2001). Denison embodied “Government Investor” in the 2011 Frankie Muniz superhero film Pizza Man.



Year Title Role Notes
1982 Waitress! Moe
1986 Just Married Russell
1990 Little Vegas Carmine de Carlo
1990 City of Hope Rizzo
1992 The Harvest Noel Guzmann
1994 A Brilliant Disguise Andy Manola
1994 Men of War Jimmy G.
1994 Criminal Passion Nathan Leonard
1996 No One Could Protect Her Dan Rayner
1996 For Which He Stands Vinnie Grosso
1997 Opposite Corners Augie Donatello
1997 The Corporate Ladder Matt Taylor
1999 Road Kill Mr. Z
2000 The Last Producer Poker Player
2000 Skeleton Woman Victor
2000 Looking for an Echo Ray ‘Nappy’ Napolitano
2001 Island Prey Peter Thornton
2002 Now You Know Gary Richards
2003 Art of Revenge John Ravich Direct-to-video
2003 Chasing Papi Agent Quinn
2004 Wild Things 2 Niles Dunlap Direct-to-DVD
2005 Choker Murcer
2006 Karla Detective Burroughs
2007 Dead Write Dr. Bruno Alexander
2011 Answers to Nothing Captain
2011 Pizza Man Government Investor
2012 Trattoria Sal Sartini
2014 Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who Is John Galt? Cuffy Meigs
2015 Clarity Malcolm
2015 Dementia MC
2016 Dirty Commander Rocco
2018 Frank and Ava Adler
2021 Deep Woods Billy Hadden Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1986–1988 Crime Story Ray Luca 38 episodes
1988 The Great Escape II: The Untold Story Lt. Mike Corery Television film
1988–1989 Wiseguy John Henry Raglin 4 episodes
1989 Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal Lt. James Thompson Television film
1989 I Love You Perfect Alan Television film
1990 The Girl Who Came Between Them Barry Huntoon Television film
1991 Child of Darkness, Child of Light Father O’Carroll Television film
1991 Under Cover Dylan Del’Amico Television film
1991 Under Cover 13 episodes
1991 Before the Storm Television film
1992 The Price She Paid Wells Television film
1992 Lady Boss Cooper Turner Miniseries
1992 The Amy Fisher Story Joey Buttafuoco Television film
1993 Sex, Love and Cold Hard Cash Douglas Colson Television film
1993 Full Eclipse Jim Sheldon Television film
1994 Seaquest 2032 Bobby Episode: “Greed for a Pirate’s Dream”
1994 Getting Gotti John Gotti Television film
1996 Love and Marriage Jack Nardini 5 episodes
1997 Melrose Place Jim Reilly 10 episodes
1998 Vengeance Unlimited Sheriff James Broll Episode: “Eden”
1998 Charmed Victor Halliwell Episode: “Thank You for Not Morphing”
2000 Walker, Texas Ranger Michael Westmoreland 2 episodes
2000 Rocket’s Red Glare Marty Television film
2001 The Lone Gunmen FBI Undercover Agent Larry Rose Episode: “The Lying Game”
2001 The Haunted Heart Bill Television film
2002–2005 JAG CAG USS Coral Sea /
Commander Stefan Stefanopoulos
3 episodes
2003 The District Sal Corruzo Episode: “Where There’s Smoke”
2003 She Spies Arthur Nagin Episode: “Damsels in De-Stress”
2003 Playmakers Coach George 11 episodes
2004 NYPD Blue Tony Grimaldi Episode: “Chatty Chatty Bang Bang”
2004 The D.A. Paul Harper 2 episodes
2004 ER Detective Patrie Episode: “White Guy, Dark Hair”
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Sy Magli Episode: “King Baby”
2005 Cold Case Mike 2005 Episode: “Schadenfreude”
2005 The O.C. Bobby Mills Episode: “The Return of the Nana”
2005–2012 The Closer Andy Flynn Main role; 102 episodes
2005, 2020 Criminal Minds Police Chief Wayne Weigart 2 episodes
2006 Murder 101 Nelson Raymond Episode: “Murder 101”
2006 Boston Legal Kurt Loomis Episode: “…There’s Fire”
2006 Prison Break Aldo Burrows 5 episodes
2007 Crash and Burn Francis Garrard Television film
2011 The Whole Truth Episode: “Lost in Translation”
2012 Castle Mickey Dolan Episode: “After Hours”
2012–2018 Major Crimes Andy Flynn Main role; 105 episodes
2014 Sons of Anarchy Desmond Harnigan Episode: “Some Strange Eruption”
2019 Murder In-Law Will Television film
2019–2020 All Rise Vic Callan 7 episodes

Commander Stefan Stefanopoulos

External Links

Actor Anthony Denison – Wikipedia

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