Dennis Farina Dead at 69

Dennis Farina, a former police officer who became a star of LAW & ORDER, died today at the age of 69, his publicist Lori De Waal confirmed.

Farina died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Arizona, hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.

Born February 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 also starred in the 1980s cult favorite, CRIME STORY and most recently was in the HBO drama series LUCK.


  1. Whaaat?!

    Sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family,friends and colleagues. I was young then but I somehow can remember that theme song to CRIME STORY ringing in my ears right now as I type this.

  2. One thing about Mr. Farina is that he was such a commanding screen presence. One of his memorable roles for me was the supporting character he played in one my favorite films from the 80s: Michael Mann's Manhunter. RIP

  3. OMG....I met Dennis , what a gracious man, very funny & great presence on film. I am so sorry to hear of his transition. My sincere condolences to his family & associates. "Gone but not forgotten, watching your backs, always blushing as you remember him" <3.