Dennis Farina



  • Birth Place: Chicago, IL
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 02/29/1944, Pisces
  • Date of Death: 07/22/2013
  • Profession: Actor
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Dennis Farina Fast Facts:
  • In 1985, retired after 18 years with the Chicago Police Department to concentrate on acting, which he had been moonlighting in since taking a part in director Michael Mann's first movie, Thief (1981). A year later, had the lead in Mann's underrated TV series Crime Story.
  • Known as "The Great Wounder" during his time on the police force, due to his poor marksmanship skills.
  • Stage career is highlighted by leading roles in Steppenwolf Theatre productions, including A Prayer for My Daughter, Tracers and Streamers.
  • Won an American Comedy Award as the Funniest Supporting Male of 1996 for playing gangster Ray "Bones" Barboni in Get Shorty.
  • At the start of its 15th season, joined the cast of Law & Order as Det. Joe Fontana, replacing Jerry Orbach's Det. Lennie Briscoe.
  • Dennis Farina Relationships:
  • Michael Farina - Son
  • Joseph Farina - Father
  • Patricia Farina - Ex-wife
  • Dennis Farina Jr. - Son
  • Yolanda Farina - Mother
  • Joseph Farina - Son
  • Dennis Farina Awards:
  • 1995 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • College:
  • Attended Truman Junior College, Chicago, IL

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