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Law & Order: Dennis Farina Dies at 69

Denni Farina diesVeteran character actor Dennis Farina has died at the age of 69. He passed earlier today in Scottsdale, Arizona and a cause of death was not released.

Farina served as a cop in Chicago for nearly 20 years before becoming an actor at age 37. He was a police consultant for Michael Mann and worked in Chicago theatre while still a police officer.

He played a mobster on Miami Vice and then went on to play cops or mobsters in more than 75 TV shows and movies. He was perhaps best know for playing Detective Joe Fontana on Law & Order.

Of Farina’s passing, Law & Order executive 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.”

What do you think? Were you a fan of Farina’s work? Which roles did you like best?

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Grandizer July 24, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Sad to hear, he was one of the actors I almost always saw as a police officer. Dennis Farina, Dennis Franz, Reginald VelJohnson and such.

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Dina July 23, 2013 at 3:10 am

Shocked & deeply saddened. Watched anything he was in, never disappointed.

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Nancy July 22, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Sad to hear, I loved this actor.

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