Dennis Farina: 1944-2013

The star of Law & Order and Midnight Run was 69.

by | July 22, 2013 | Comments

Tough guy character actor Dennis Farina, whose grizzled persona lent authenticity to Midnight Run, Saving Private Ryan, and NBC’s Law & Order, died July 22 in Scottsdale, AZ, reportedly from a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.

Before he became an actor, Farina worked as a Chicago police officer. He drew the attention of director Michael Mann while acting as a police consultant, which led to a small role in Mann’s thriller Thief. He subsequently appeared in two of Mann’s television series, Crime Story and Miami Vice, as well as his film adaptation of Manhunter (which marked the first big screen appearance of the intelligent psychopath Hannibal Lecter). Later, he earned strong notices playing criminals in Midnight Run and Get Shorty and law enforcement types in Out of Sight and the long-running television series Law & Order (his most high-profile role). More recently, he starred in the HBO series Luck and the independent drama The Last Rites of Joe May. He is survived by his longtime girlfriend, three sons, and six grandchildren.

For Dennis Farina’s complete filmography on Rotten Tomatoes, please click here.

Tag Cloud

war TruTV unscripted Action APB BET Animation singing competition GoT Christmas X-Men diversity dramedy Nickelodeon cults comiccon Nominations MTV serial killer CBS All Access romance Mystery SundanceTV DC streaming service adventure DirecTV TV Oscars Sundance cats police drama Country period drama 2015 politics cops Lucasfilm Horror dceu Best and Worst FX CMT vampires Pixar crime drama HBO 24 frames Writers Guild of America Dark Horse Comics Grammys Paramount Photos Nat Geo social media Martial Arts Bravo 21st Century Fox DC Universe Spring TV 2017 Adult Swim Fantasy Cartoon Network Thanksgiving OWN Mindy Kaling Syfy ABC Freeform medical drama Musical zombie TIFF cinemax Kids & Family Set visit sitcom NBC Super Bowl Marathons Star Trek Box Office psycho travel Biopics thriller Music dc Warner Bros. Opinion The Arrangement NYCC Spike Valentine's Day ESPN sports BBC America ratings Reality Competition USA YA crime Superheroe Video Games See It Skip It historical drama Esquire IFC Podcast American Society of Cinematographers Extras Drama TCM Hulu CNN Red Carpet TNT spy thriller 2016 VICE Trailer Mary Tyler Moore Countdown Emmys LGBTQ Rock Sony Pictures Year in Review 20th Century Fox MSNBC TV Land Infographic Ellie Kemper Toys Food Network Comedy Central PBS TLC Paramount Network Holidays First Look Fox News Western TCA Creative Arts Emmys Showtime crime thriller Trivia President E! Lifetime supernatural A&E what to watch Tomatazos Lionsgate Netflix Watching Series Star Wars El Rey Disney Amazon Winter TV Starz transformers boxoffice Cosplay USA Network political drama justice league ABC Family TBS TCA 2017 Schedule FXX Polls and Games IFC Films Rocky Sci-Fi Tumblr Winners harry potter BBC Fall TV Character Guide PaleyFest E3 Summer biography Marvel science fiction GIFs RT History SDCC golden globes Disney Channel 007 Premiere Dates YouTube Red technology Pop Musicals CBS Masterpiece discovery composers CW Seed Calendar Acorn TV based on movie Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt 45 Certified Fresh cooking ITV Interview GLAAD Comedy WGN Ghostbusters Reality Logo Election FOX Crackle Awards Universal DC Comics Britbox Teen The CW Superheroes AMC History VH1 docudrama Rom-Com Sneak Peek aliens binge Pirates Comic Book Sundance Now talk show