(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.”
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.