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From 'Hill Street Blues' to 'Criminal Minds': Daniel J. Travanti to Play a Serial Killer

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 10th 2010 6:55AM
Daniel J. TravantiAward-winning actor Daniel J. Travanti is headed to the other side of the law this fall. According to TVGuide.com he will guest-star in an upcoming episode of 'Criminal Minds' playing an elderly serial killer.

Travanti will take on the role of Mr. Mullens, an Alzheimer's sufferer whose past hides a brutal secret: He was once a serial killer known as The Butcher. Mullens crosses paths with the Behavioral Analysis Unit after he comes out of retirement and tries to recapture his violent past despite not being able to remember much of it.

Although Travanti was most recently seen guest-starring in 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'Prison Break,' he's still best-known as Captain Frank Furillo on the '80s smash hit drama, 'Hill Street Blues.'

The influential 'Hill Street Blues' was created by Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll, and it aired on NBC from 1981 to 1987. It followed the lives and work of the staff of an inner-city police precinct in a never-identified U.S. city, and Travanti won two Emmys and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the intense precinct captain, Frank Furillo.

The series helped launch the careers of actors like David Caruso ('CSI: Miami'), Dennis Franz ('NYPD Blue') and Ken Olin ('Brothers & Sisters'), as well as director Betty Thomas (who played Sgt. Lucy Bates), and writers and producers including Dick Wolf ('Law & Order'). The list of guest stars reads like a 'Who's Who in TV' for the '80s.

'Criminal Minds' has been in the news all summer because of casting changes, budget cuts and a new spin-off series. Season six is due to premiere on CBS, Weds. Sept. 22 at 9PM ET.

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