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Dennis Farina - Dead
TMZ ^ | Jul 22, 2013

Posted on 07/22/2013 10:34:51 AM PDT by KeyLargo

Dennis Farina -- who starred as Det. Joe Fontana on "Law & Order" -- died today in Scottsdale, Arizona after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.

Farina is a Hollywood legend -- who appeared in tons of classic films and TV shows including "Get Shorty," "Snatch" and "Midnight Run." He also appeared in HBO's series "Luck."

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TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: actor; chicago; chicagopolice; dennisfarina; farina; getshorty; hollywood; obituary; raybarboni
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1 posted on 07/22/2013 10:34:51 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Wasn’t he Police Story? Loved that show.


2 posted on 07/22/2013 10:36:44 AM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: DollyCali; Perdogg; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; Mama_Bear; Jack Deth; ...

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3 posted on 07/22/2013 10:36:48 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: KeyLargo

Loved the TV series ‘ Crime Story ‘


4 posted on 07/22/2013 10:36:58 AM PDT by Para-Ord.45 (Happily in tutelage by the reflection that they have chosen their own guardians.)
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To: Williams

Born Feb. 29, 1944, in Chicago, he was a city police officer before turning to acting in his late 30s.

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.” He starred in the 1980s cult favorite, “Crime Story” and most recently was in the HBO drama series “Luck.”


5 posted on 07/22/2013 10:37:54 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Perdogg

I met him twice...a man’s man who loved to laugh...RIP


6 posted on 07/22/2013 10:38:20 AM PDT by advertising guy (.......... when Helen Thomas died........ Satan smiled and holler'd.....MaMa !!!)
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To: KeyLargo
Farina is a Hollywood legend

He's great in Crime Story. A legend? Not in my book. FWIW.

7 posted on 07/22/2013 10:38:30 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Para-Ord.45

Me too. It would have stayed on for years had they not put it up against Moonlighting.

What a stupid move.


8 posted on 07/22/2013 10:38:35 AM PDT by kingpins10
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To: KeyLargo

Great actor. Law and Order was just not the same after he left. May the Lord grant him eternal rest.


9 posted on 07/22/2013 10:38:48 AM PDT by Gerish (Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.)
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To: KeyLargo

Lt. Michael Torello vs. Ray Luca... Now THAT was good stuff.


10 posted on 07/22/2013 10:40:02 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: KeyLargo

Wow, sad news.


11 posted on 07/22/2013 10:40:04 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Para-Ord.45

Some of the greatest TV ever!


12 posted on 07/22/2013 10:40:31 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: KeyLargo

Dennis was a great actor and a good guy. I had the pleasure of working with him on a movie, and we became good friends. May God rest his soul.


13 posted on 07/22/2013 10:40:44 AM PDT by karnage
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To: KeyLargo

MIDNIGHT RUN- Excellent!


14 posted on 07/22/2013 10:41:10 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: KeyLargo

...but Abe Vigoda is - Alive.

http://www.abevigoda.com/


15 posted on 07/22/2013 10:42:36 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: KeyLargo
Is it just me or are other people noticing that all of a sudden, people are dying. It seems we can't even go a week anymore without hearing about this or that person dying.

It's crazy.

16 posted on 07/22/2013 10:44:09 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: KeyLargo

That’s sad, my dad used to be on the force with him.


17 posted on 07/22/2013 10:44:22 AM PDT by erod (I'm a Chicagoan till Chicago ends...)
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To: KeyLargo

I was watching ‘Get Shorty’ last night.


18 posted on 07/22/2013 10:45:46 AM PDT by AU72
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To: Doctor 2Brains

I loved the TV series Crime Story and the music.

Crime Story - S01E01 - Opening scene - Del Shannon - Runaway
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-gi5A7q1Es

Also loved the film “Thief” where a lot of the same Chicago actors played roles, some of them ex-cops.

“Thief” James Caan Chicago Blues Band Bar Scene
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYmRxiA1ryE


19 posted on 07/22/2013 10:48:01 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: AU72
I was watching ‘Get Shorty’ last night.

Farina was in another Leonard movie, Out of Sight.

20 posted on 07/22/2013 10:48:18 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (- : Tagline for rent ; -)
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To: SamAdams76
What's worse, there's people dying now who never died before.

Somebody ought to look into it.

21 posted on 07/22/2013 10:49:04 AM PDT by caddie
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To: WayneS

RIP Mr. Farina.

I love how Vigoda has fun with reports of his “death.” His demise was erroneously reported on national news in 1982 and 1987.


22 posted on 07/22/2013 10:49:27 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: KeyLargo

I was on a trans-Atlantic flight into New York during the 1990’s which showed the movie Get Shorty. After we landed I wound up in the TWA lounge waiting for the next flight. Farina had come in on the same flight and he was in the set of sofas next to us. It was really odd to see him as a gangster on the screen and then see him in person.

I wondered if they had shown the movie in his honor. I didn’t notice whether it was featured in the flight magazine.


23 posted on 07/22/2013 10:49:59 AM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: KeyLargo
The last line in the TMZ story is: "Story Developing"...

...Really? The guy is dead! How is the story going to "develop"?

PS-

RIP Mr. Farina. You were a good actor and, apparently, a fine fellow.

24 posted on 07/22/2013 10:50:10 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: KeyLargo

Loved his role in Midnight Run, perfectly acted. RIP, Mr. Farina, thanks for your excellent portrayals and for entertaining us.


25 posted on 07/22/2013 10:52:31 AM PDT by Tigerized
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To: KeyLargo

Have always loved his work...drama as well as comedy....the man was genius.

May the angels sing him home


26 posted on 07/22/2013 10:52:47 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: KeyLargo

Don’t forget That Old Feeling....made me laugh out loud


27 posted on 07/22/2013 10:53:42 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: SamAdams76

Maybe you are just now paying attention...folks have been dying since the beginning of time


28 posted on 07/22/2013 10:54:53 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: WayneS

A lot of the old cast and crew of ‘Crime Story’ are still around:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090410/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast


29 posted on 07/22/2013 10:58:05 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: karnage

congrats on your work


30 posted on 07/22/2013 10:59:18 AM PDT by advertising guy (.......... when Helen Thomas died........ Satan smiled and holler'd.....MaMa !!!)
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To: Nifster
If you get a chance see this film. He was a Chicago cop for 18 years. I believe that "The Last Rites of Joe May" was his best work, but received little notice:

Also Mr. Farina is in a movie to be released this year:

Lucky Stiff (2013) Comedy | Musical

I'm sure he would be laughing about the irony of the movie title.

31 posted on 07/22/2013 11:04:16 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

..always played one tough SOB. RIP Mr.Farina


32 posted on 07/22/2013 11:04:31 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: KeyLargo

Farina was at some stage of filming a new movie and has one currently in post production. Liked his work hosting “Unsolved Mysteries.”

Found this on the IMDB boards;

“The Emmy nominated cast and crew of “New Girl” were dining at the Wolseley Restaurant in London today when a photographer told them about Farina’s death. After saying, “That’s awful,” Jake Johnson, who plays the character of Nick Miller, writer Luvh Rakhe added “I warned him,” but refused to elaborate.”

Farina was in a couple of episodes of that show.


33 posted on 07/22/2013 11:05:36 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: KeyLargo

Law and Order had some great detectives, Dennis was one of the top two, IMHO (Lenny #1)

And a great head of hair.


34 posted on 07/22/2013 11:05:53 AM PDT by llevrok (The American Dream is but a catnap today.)
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To: Williams

The most disappointing thing about the premature termination of the HBO series “Luck” was not getting to see where his character (Gus Demetriou) was going. He was a commanding actor. RIP


35 posted on 07/22/2013 11:11:05 AM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: KeyLargo; Impy; GOPsterinMA; Clemenza; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy

Great in “Crime Story.” RIP.


36 posted on 07/22/2013 11:12:10 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: llevrok
And a great head of hair.

Far and away the best dressed.

I'll have to admit,, when I first saw him I didn't like him. But he grew on me and in the last several years was one of my favorites.
RIP

37 posted on 07/22/2013 11:14:05 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Williams

Crime Story-—he played Mike Torello.


38 posted on 07/22/2013 11:18:04 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: KeyLargo

I’ve seen that CS intro a million times. Love it! Thief was a GREAT movie; you know they were both Michael Mann projects, as was Miami Vice.

Also, my daily drive is the same car Caan uses in thief — he has an 81 Eldorado, I have an 83.


39 posted on 07/22/2013 11:18:10 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: KeyLargo

RIP. Good actor. His previous real-life experience made him a good cop actor.


40 posted on 07/22/2013 11:22:08 AM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: Doctor 2Brains
Crime Story - Mike Torello (Dennis Farina) says, "It's dead!"

The shootout with Luca in the streets of Las Vegas in the last episode of Season 1 was awesome, but I can't find the clip.

41 posted on 07/22/2013 11:23:30 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Williams; All

‘Crime Story’, Williams.

Superb period crime drama set in Chicago in the 1960s. Then shifted off to Las Vegas.

Series was produced by Michael Mann. After ‘Miami Vice’.


42 posted on 07/22/2013 11:26:02 AM PDT by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: kingpins10
What a stupid move.

Speaking of which, didn't he, ex-cop and all, try to take a pistol onto a commercial flight?

43 posted on 07/22/2013 11:26:03 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: KeyLargo

Being that it was about Pittsburgh and I’m from Southwestern Pa, Striking Distance is a favorite movie of mine. He had a great line in it when asked if he was going to be the next police chief:

“Not me, kid. I’m just a Larimer Avenue dago.”


44 posted on 07/22/2013 11:28:28 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: WayneS
I had dinner one night with Abe Vigoda and his wife..it was a hoot. In 1980, I was in New Orleans for a convention, and the then-wife and I went to K-Paul's for dinner. It had just recently opened..and become wildly popular..everyoen wanted to eat blackened redfish. The place didn't take reservations..it opened for dinner at 7..and people started lining up at 3PM to get in..so we finally get inside..we're TOLD there are no tables for 2 to be had...but we can eat with another couple at a bigger table...we figured why not, and thus, we ended up eating with Abe and his wife. Absolutely fantastic evening...he is a delightful, and very funny guy.. And I also got introduced that night to "cajun martinis" which are lethal. K-Paul's served them in Mason jars, with jalapeno peppers instead of olives..

Apropos of nothing...some time back, at a large police convention, they asked them what was their favorite cop TV show..everyone figured CHIPS, or Law & Order, or even COPS would win..but "Barney Miller" won hands down.. Vigoda was telling us Jack Soo stories most of the evening..Soo had died not long before..he said that Soo would crack up the cast and crew...they often had to do multiple takes..

45 posted on 07/22/2013 11:48:54 AM PDT by ken5050 (Due to all the WH scandals, MSNBC is changing its slogan from "Lean Forward" to "BOHICA")
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To: KeyLargo

I thought he played a great role in the Chuck Norris film “Code of Silence”.

RIP.


46 posted on 07/22/2013 11:51:26 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: KeyLargo

Sad he’s passed.


47 posted on 07/22/2013 12:00:46 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: KeyLargo
"I'm Ray Barboni from Miami"

48 posted on 07/22/2013 12:04:04 PM PDT by Daaave ("I don't apologize, to take care of my family.")
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To: KeyLargo

Great actor. I am sorry to hear of his passing.


49 posted on 07/22/2013 12:04:19 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: AU72

I meant to watch ‘Get Shorty’ again, when James Gandolfini died. I guess I’ll have to watch it tonight.


50 posted on 07/22/2013 12:11:12 PM PDT by Daaave ("I don't apologize, to take care of my family.")
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