‘Law and Order’ Actor Dennis Farina Dies at 69

Dennis Farina Dead
Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina, a former Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on “Law & Order” and elsewhere, has died.

Lori De Waal, his representative, says Farina died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.

Born Feb. 29, 1944, in Chicago, he was a city police officer before turning to acting in his late 30s, beginning with a small role in the Michael Mann film “Thief.”

Farina appeared in films including “Get Shorty,” ”Saving Private Ryan” and “Midnight Run.”

Among his many TV portrayals was Det. Joe Fontana on “Law & Order.” Prior to that he starred in the 1980s cult favorite, “Crime Story,” a period cop drama produced by Mann for NBC. He also played a private detective in the short-lived series “Buddy Faro.”

More recently, he co-starred in the HBO drama “Luck” (another Mann project), and guest-starred on Fox’s “New Girl,” where he played the father to Jake Johnson’s Nick. Johnson paid tribute to Farina via Twitter:

In a statement, “Law & Order” exec producer Dick Wolf said, “I was stunned and saddened to hear about Dennis’ unexpected passing this morning.  The ‘Law & Order’ family extends sympathy and condolences to his family.  He was a great guy.”

Whitney Friedlander and AJ Marechal contributed to this report.

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  1. Jim Williams says:

    Loved Dennis in Crime Story.he will be sorely missed.

  2. Gary says:

    He will be greatly missed. He was a great actor.

  3. Alexcava says:

    My thoughts and Prayers are with his family, found his ex wife Patricia here http://dailyentertainmentnews.com/movies/patricia-a-farina-dennis-farinas-ex-wife/

  4. Richard Rosenberg says:

    Farina was so charismatic, that native New Yorkers overlooked his thick Chicago accent, when “Law and Order” cast him as a New York City police detective. I always enjoyed his work, and I’m sorry that there won’t be any more of it, nor Mr. Farina. RIP

  5. Contessa46 says:

    Another death of a fine actor and star. He shall be missed.

  6. I did not see that coming. That’s a shame. He had a good character on New Girl. (Played a con artist father)

  7. Dan Raidt says:

    WOW ! one of my favorites ! RIP

  8. Terry S. says:

    RIP Dennis Farina… Always a great addition to any movie and TV role.

  9. Flash says:

    Dennis was a nice, friendly guy & a cool cop !

  10. voiceswriter says:

    Reblogged this on Voiceswriter and commented:
    Rest in peace, Dennis Farina. He was a fine actor.

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