Henry Reagan is a retired Police Commissioner and the father of Frank, grandfather of Danny, Erin, Joe (deceased) and Jamie and great-grandfather of Nicky, Jack, and Sean. Henry is the Reagan family patriarch.
His childhood during the 1930s was hard due to his father's alcoholism and inability to hold a job. Henry was a Marine in World War II and Korea then joined the NYPD in 1952. Like his grandson, Danny, Henry is socially conservative and hates the political correctness of modern law & order. His wife Betty died December 2, 2001.
Henry had a hip replacement before the pilot and has difficulty getting up from a seat the first three episodes.
He had "a war cholesterol" before "knowing when to retreat". In the same episode, he also discusses a lot about the old days when he was commissioner, and the different expectations people had. He notes that even criminals didn't respect cop-killers.
He used to play handball and now likes to watch it, he taught Danny how to play as well.
American Flag Breast Bar
Medal of Honor Breast Bar
Combat Cross Breast Bar
Irish Flag Breast Bar
Meritorious Police Duty Breast Bar
Excellent Police Duty Breast Bar
Medal for Valor Breast Bar
1986 Liberty Breast Bar
Pistol Marksman Bar
USMC Service Breast Bar
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Notes & Trivia
- Len Cariou, separated in age from Selleck by only six years, wears make-up and a dental prosthetic for the part of Henry.
- In the first season Henry wore a World Trade Center Commendation bar but has since removed it.