Premiere Of "You Kill Me" At The 2007 Tribeca Film Festival

 

(Source) Dennis Farina, a Chicago native and police officer who turned to acting, has died at 69 in Arizona, his publicist said today. Farina, best known as detective Joe Fontana on the long-running TV series “Law & Order,” suffered a blood clot in his lung, publicist Lori De Waal said.

Farina was an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, a detective who moonlighted on Chicago theater stages and in small movie roles. In the 1980s he was on the NBC television series “Crime Story.”

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Such an underrated actor. Kind of crazy too that he basically lived two completely separate and distinct lives. 1 as a Chicago Police Officer for 18 years, then just switched midstream and became a Hollywood star. Jimmy Serrano, Cousin Avi, Saving Private Ryan, Ray Bones Barboni, Law and Order, just one of those guys that you look back and realize, wow, he was in a lot of really good movies. And that’s all without including Whoopi Goldberg’s monster hit “Eddie”. RIP Dennis Farina.