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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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Wasn’t he Police Story? Loved that show.
Loved the TV series ‘ Crime Story ‘
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.”
I met him twice...a man’s man who loved to laugh...RIP
He's great in Crime Story. A legend? Not in my book. FWIW.
Me too. It would have stayed on for years had they not put it up against Moonlighting.
What a stupid move.
Great actor. Law and Order was just not the same after he left. May the Lord grant him eternal rest.
Lt. Michael Torello vs. Ray Luca... Now THAT was good stuff.
Wow, sad news.
Some of the greatest TV ever!
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.
MIDNIGHT RUN- Excellent!
...but Abe Vigoda is - Alive.
That’s sad, my dad used to be on the force with him.
I was watching ‘Get Shorty’ last night.
I loved the TV series Crime Story and the music.
Crime Story - S01E01 - Opening scene - Del Shannon - Runaway
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
Farina was in another Leonard movie, Out of Sight.
Somebody ought to look into it.
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.
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.
...Really? The guy is dead! How is the story going to "develop"?
RIP Mr. Farina. You were a good actor and, apparently, a fine fellow.
Loved his role in Midnight Run, perfectly acted. RIP, Mr. Farina, thanks for your excellent portrayals and for entertaining us.
Have always loved his work...drama as well as comedy....the man was genius.
May the angels sing him home
Don’t forget That Old Feeling....made me laugh out loud
Maybe you are just now paying attention...folks have been dying since the beginning of time
A lot of the old cast and crew of ‘Crime Story’ are still around:
congrats on your work
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.
..always played one tough SOB. RIP Mr.Farina
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.
Law and Order had some great detectives, Dennis was one of the top two, IMHO (Lenny #1)
And a great head of hair.
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
Great in “Crime Story.” RIP.
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.
Crime Story-—he played Mike Torello.
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.
RIP. Good actor. His previous real-life experience made him a good cop actor.
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.
‘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’.
Speaking of which, didn't he, ex-cop and all, try to take a pistol onto a commercial flight?
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.”
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..
I thought he played a great role in the Chuck Norris film “Code of Silence”.
Sad he’s passed.
Great actor. I am sorry to hear of his passing.
I meant to watch ‘Get Shorty’ again, when James Gandolfini died. I guess I’ll have to watch it tonight.