Dennis Farina, a former Chicago policeman-turned actor, has died at age 69.
The “Law & Order” and “Get Shorty” star passed away Monday morning in Arizona after suffering a blood clot in his lung.
Dennis Farina was an actor for over thirty years, playing tough guys and police officers.
Farina’s films include “Get Shorty”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Midnight Run” and “Out Of Sight”.
On television, he was known as Detective Joe Fontana on “Law & Order” from 2004 to 2006. He also starred on “Crime Story” and the HBO show “Luck”.
Farina had recently wrapped up a comedy called “Lucky Stiff”.
Dennis Farina was a city detective in Chicago before he made his way into acting in his late thirties.
His first movie was the 1981 action drama “Thief”, directed by Michael Mann, whom he had met through a mutual friend while still working for the Chicago Police Department.
Farina said, “I remember going to the set that day and being intrigued by the whole thing. I liked it. And everybody was extremely nice to me. If the people were rude and didn’t treat me right, things could have gone the other way”.
Farina is survived by three sons, six grandchildren and his longtime partner, Marianne Cahill.
Farina’s publicist, Lori De Waal, said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great actor and a wonderful man. Dennis Farina was always warm-hearted and professional, with a great sense of humor and passion for his profession. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.”
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