Dennis Farina

American actor (1944–2013)

Dennis Farina (February 29, 1944 – July 22, 2013) was an American actor and former Chicago police officer. He was known for his role as Detective Joe Fontana on Law & Order. Farina was also in Get Shorty, Manhunter, Eddie, and Saving Private Ryan.

Dennis Farina
Farina at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, April 2011
Born(1944-02-29)February 29, 1944
DiedJuly 22, 2013(2013-07-22) (aged 69)
Cause of deathPulmonary embolism
Resting placeMount Carmel Cemetery, Hillside, Illinois, U.S.
Other namesDenny Farina
Years active1981 – 2013
Known forDetective Joe Fontana on Law & Order
SpousePatricia Farina (m. 1970-1980, divorced)
PartnerMarianne Cahill
Children3 sons

Early life change

Farina was born on February 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois.[1] He was of Sicilian descent. Farina was a police officer from 1967 through 1985.[2]

Career change

Farina became an actor in 1981 as Carl in Thief. He would later appear in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan (as Army Lieutenant Colonel Walter Anderson), Striking Distance, Another Stakeout, Little Big League, Snatch, The Mod Squad, Big Trouble and Out of Sight. He co-starred with Bette Midler in the romantic comedy That Old Feeling.

Law & Order change

The producers of the long-running television series Law & Order hired Farina as Det. Joe Fontana after the retirement of Jerry Orbach's character Lennie Briscoe. Farina stayed with the show for two years, but his character was not as popular with viewers as Orbach's Lennie Briscoe had been. As a result, in May 2006, it was announced that Farina was leaving Law & Order to work on other projects.

Personal life change

Farina was married to Patricia Farina from 1970 until they divorced in 1980. They had three children. Farina was arrested on May 11, 2008, for carrying a loaded .22 caliber pistol through Los Angeles International Airport security. On July 17, 2009, the judge in his case dismissed the charge and erased it from Farina's otherwise clean record.[3]

Death change

Farina died on July 22, 2013 in a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, from a pulmonary embolism.[2][4] He was 69 years old. Farina is buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

References change

  1. Dennis Farina Biography (1944-) at Film
  2. 2.0 2.1 "PUBLICIST: ACTOR DENNIS FARINA, POLICE OFFICER TURNED STAR OF "LAW & ORDER," HAS DIED AT 69". AP. Archived from the original on 25 July 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  3. Actor Dennis Farina arrested at LA Airport. 11 May 2008. Reuters.
  4. "'LAW AND ORDER' STAR DIES Blood Clot In Lung". TMZ. Retrieved 22 July 2013.

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