Dennis Farina Dies at 69
Dennis Farina, a former police officer who went on to star in Law & Order, died Monday after suffering a blood clot in his lung, The Associated Press reports. He was 69.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great actor and a wonderful man," his publicist said in a statement. "Dennis Farina was always warm-hearted and professional, with a great sense of humor and passion for his profession. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues. We hope that he finds a new life where great roles are plentiful and the Cubs are always winning the pennant."
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A Chicago native, Farina worked in the burglary division of the Chicago Police Department from 1967 to 1985. Beginning in the 1980s, he worked as a police consultant for director Michael Mann, who later cast Farina in Crime Story and Miami Vice.
Farina went on to star in films including Midnight Run, Get Shorty and Saving Private Ryan.
In 1994, he joined the cast of Law & Order as Det. Joe Fontana, a role he played for two years. In 2008, he became the host of Unsolved Mysteries.
Farina's most recent television credits include HBO's Luck and guest appearances on New Girl.
Farina is survived by "the love of his life of 35 years, Marianne Cahill," according to his publicist, as well as three sons from his marriage to Patricia Farina, which ended in divorce in 1980, and six grandchildren.