Born adjacent the picturesque shores of Lake Erie in Ohio to a railroad yardmaster Arndt. He and his family moved to Washington after World War II, where he completed his schooling. Little do people know about this veteran actor that besides his evident passion for acting, his electric enthusiasm was channeled towards his position as a soldier when he joined the Army and then served as a Line A Aviator helicopter pilot.
Known for his enthralling roles in
Crime Story, Columbo, Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, and Grey's Anatomy, this veteran actor volunteered for the Vietnam War where he flew with the A/501st Aviation Battalion. He was awarded The Army Commendation Medal, two Purple Hearts, and twenty-seven Air Medals and also known as the “Green Weenie” for the wounds he proudly endured in action.
However, he resigned post his return, the repentance yet evident when he was seen quoting that although he found the costumes to be great and no one else had the same props as them, yet his best persona till date was that of a combat helicopter pilot. But this did not stop the actor from pursuing his passion, as he flew in Alaska for three years as a Commercial Bush Pilot. But soon he decided that being a commercial helicopter pilot was an occupation ideal for the young guns; thus he placed his focus on trying to finish off his University degree.
As fate would have it, one director of plays from Seattle shifted into his apartment which Denis had put up for rent. His work enthralled all and soon he landed a place and his career as an actor has escalated since then. Denis has played acclaimed roles including the 2002 film Dead Heat, which co-starred 24 performers including
Kiefer Sutherland, Lothaire Bluteau, Al Sapienza and Michael Benyaer.
He has also appeared in
Dolphin Tale 2, Behind Enemy Lines II: Axis of Evil, Sniper 3, S.W.A.T., Metro, and Basic Instinct along with I Fought The Law, Blast, How To Make An American Quilt, Fire beetle, Supernatural, Boston Legal, 24,
The Practice, JAG, Boston Public, C.S.I., The District, Touched by an Angel, Ally McBeal, L.A. Law, Annie McGuire among others.
Arndt shares his passion for his former profession with a unique compilation of War Films known as “Uncle Sam- The Movie Collection." However, despite doing minor roles yet his work has not gone unnoticed in Hollywood.