“Law & Order” actor and former Chicago cop Dennis Farina has died at the age of 69, his publicist announced. According to ABC News the actor died from a blood clot in his lungs in Scottsdale, Arizona. His death was sudden and unexpected.
The veteran character actor is best known for his movie roles in ‘Midnight Run’ and “Get Shorty’. He is also remembered for playing Dectective Joe Fontana on ‘Law & Order’ from 2004-2006. According to his IMDB profile he has a film “Authors Anonymous” in post-production and was currently filming “Lucky Stiff”.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations on behalf of Chicago’s fallen police, fire fighters and paramedics through the 100 Club of Chicago. Farina is survived by his wife of 35-years Marianne and three sons and six grandchildren.
Farina was born in Chicago to the name of Donaldo Gugliermo Farina on February 29, 1944. He was a Chicago cop for nearly 20 years until the acting bug bit him. He started out in local theater here in Chicago and eventually started getting cast in big Hollywood productions like ‘Saving Private Ryan’. Farina was typically cast as a cop or mobster - roles he clearly relished.
His publicist Lori DeWaal issued the following 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. We hope that he finds a new life where great roles are plentiful and the Cubs are always winning the pennant. We ask that the press refrain from contacting his family at this time so that they can mourn their loss together.