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Dennis Farina

Biography

Actor typically ensemble in police roles and is most beneficial referred to as Detective Joe Fontana on the tv screen series, Laws and Purchase. He worked within the Chicago Law enforcement Department’s burglary department for eighteen years. He was on the other hand of laws in true to life after getting arrested to carry a .22-caliber handgun through protection at LAX airport terminal. He wedded Patricia Farina in 1970 as well as the few experienced three sons. He co-starred with Claire Danes inside a Hollywood remake from the Mod Squad in 1999.

Quick Facts


Full Name Dennis Farina
Date Of Birth February 29, 1944
Died July 22, 2013, Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Place Of Birth Chicago, IL
Height 1.87 m
Profession TV Actor
Nationality American
Spouse Patricia Farina
Children Joe Farina, Michael J. Farina, Dennis Farina Jr.
Parents Joseph Farina, Yolanda Farina
Awards American Comedy Awards
Movies Snatch, Get Shorty, Midnight Run, Saving Private Ryan, Manhunter, Thief, Out of Sight, What Happens in Vegas, That Old Feeling, Striking Distance, Bottle Shock, Reindeer Games, Big Trouble, The Last Rites of Joe May, You Kill Me, Sidewalks of New York, Authors Anonymous, Another Stakeout, The Mod Squad, Code of Silence, Stealing Harvard, The Grand, Knucklehead, Little Big League, Men of Respect, Purple Violets, Empire Falls, Bella Mafia, National Lampoon's Bag Boy, Romeo is Bleeding, Paparazzi, The Case Of The Hillside Stranglers, Bad Seed, We're Talking Serious Money, Street Crimes, Bonanza: Under Attack, Six Against the Rock, Out of Annie's Past, The Disappearance of Nora, Eddie, One Woman's Courage, Lucky Stiff, People Like Us, Mac, Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling, Through Naked Eyes, Crime Story, The Corpse Had a Familiar Face, Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel, The Killing Floor, High Stakes
TV Shows Law & Order, Crime Story, Unsolved Mysteries, Luck, Empire Falls, Buddy Faro, Bonanza: Under Attack, The Disappearance of Nora, In-Laws, People Like Us, Blind Faith, Bella Mafia
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#Fact
1Has joined the cast of Law & Order (1990) replacing the departing Jerry Orbach. [May 2004]
2Is buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.
3Did not start acting until he was 37 years old.
4When Dennis Farina was a Chicago police officer, one of his partners was Chuck Adamson, who later created the television series Crime Story (1986) (TV Series 1986-1988) and wrote for such shows as Miami Vice (1984) (TV Series 1984-1990).
5(July 17, 2008) Pled no contest to carrying a weapon into a secured area. Was arrested in May 2008 on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon after police say they found a .22-caliber handgun in his briefcase as he tried to pass through security at LAX airport. Sentenced to 24 months probation.
6Was considered for the role of Joey Zasa in The Godfather: Part III (1990).
7Father of actor Joe Farina.
8In the film Get Shorty (1995), Dennis played Mr. Barboni. In the end of the film, Chili Palmer (John Travolta) is making a movie about his experiences in Hollywood, the role of Chili is portrayed by Martin Weir (Danny DeVito) and that of Barboni by Harvey Keitel. Dennis Farina played Jack Crawford in Manhunter (1986) (film based on the Thomas Harris novel "Red Dragon"). Harvey Keitel played Crawford in Red Dragon (2002).
9Spent three years in the military before becoming a police officer.
10His date of birth, February 29th, which is a Leap Day, has only occurred 17 times in his life. A Leap Day is a well known "extra" day of a Leap Year (containing 366 days), which only occurs every four years.
11Is one of three actors to play Jack Crawford in the Hannibal Lecter films. He played the role in Manhunter (1986). Scott Glenn played the role in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and Harvey Keitel played the role in Red Dragon (2002).
12Italian-American.
13Is the only actor on Law & Order (1990) who has actually served in law enforcement.
14Once claimed in an interview that as a Chicago cop he was such a bad shot, he earned the nickname "The Great Wounder."
15Has three sons: Dennis Farina Jr., Michael Farina, and Joseph Farina.
16Is an ex-Chicago policeman. He served on on that city's police force for 18 years.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucky Stiff2014Luigi
Authors Anonymous2014John K. Butzin
New Girl2013TV SeriesWalt Miller
The Looney Tunes Show2013TV SeriesFrank Russo
Doc McStuffins2012TV SeriesRiggo
Luck2011-2012TV SeriesGus Demitriou
The Last Rites of Joe May2011Joe May
Knucklehead2010Memphis Earl
What Happens in Vegas2008Banger
Bottle Shock2008Maurice Cantavale
Bagboy2007Marty Engstrom
The Grand2007LBJ 'Deuce' Fairbanks
Purple Violets2007Glen Gilmore
You Kill Me2007Edward O'Leary
Law & Order2004-2006TV SeriesJoe Fontana
Justice League2005TV SeriesWildcat Ted Grant
Empire Falls2005TV Mini-SeriesWalt Comeau
Law & Order: Trial by Jury2005TV SeriesJoe Fontana
Scrambled Eggs2004ShortDr. Carlson
Paparazzi2004Detective Burton
In-Laws2002-2003TV SeriesVictor Pellet
Stealing Harvard2002Mr. Warner
Big Trouble2002Henry Desalvo
Sidewalks of New York2001Carpo
Buddy Faro1998-2000TV SeriesBuddy Faro
Snatch2000Cousin Avi
Bad Seed2000Dick Muller
Reindeer Games2000Jack Bangs
The Mod Squad1999Greer
Saving Private Ryan1998Lieutenant Colonel Anderson
Out of Sight1998Marshall Sisco
Bella Mafia1997TV MovieDon Roberto Luciano
That Old Feeling1997Dan De Mora
Eddie1996Coach John Bailey
Get Shorty1995Ray 'Bones' Barboni
Out of Annie's Past1995VideoCharlie Ingle
Bonanza: Under Attack1995TV MovieCharley Siringo
Little Big League1994George O'Farrell
The Corpse Had a Familiar Face1994TV MovieDetective Harry Lindstrom
One Woman's Courage1994TV MovieCraig McKenna
A Stranger in the Mirror1993TV Movie
Striking Distance1993Capt. Nick Detillo
Romeo Is Bleeding1993Nick Gazzara (uncredited)
Another Stakeout1993Brian O'Hara
The Disappearance of Nora1993TV MovieDenton
Tales from the Crypt1992TV SeriesAntoine
Street Crimes1992Brian
Cruel Doubt1992TV Mini-SeriesTom Brereton
We're Talkin' Serious Money1992Sal
Mac1992Mr. Stunder
Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel1992TV MovieMike Cerone
Perfect Crimes1991TV MovieArmand Zaro
Havana1990/IJoe Volpe's assistant (uncredited)
Men of Respect1990Bankie Como
People Like Us1990TV MovieElias Renthall
Blind Faith1990TV Mini-SeriesProsecutor Kelly
Miami Vice1984-1989TV SeriesAlbert Lombard
The Case of the Hillside Stranglers1989TV MovieAngelo Buono
China Beach1989TV SeriesLt. Colonel Edward Edward Vincent
Open Admissions1988TV MovieFred
Midnight Run1988Jimmy Serrano
Crime Story1986-1988TV SeriesLt. Mike Torello
Six Against the Rock1987TV MovieRobert Stroud
Jack and Mike1986TV Series
Manhunter1986Jack Crawford
The Birthday Boy1986TV ShortDiner Owner
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling1986Freddy
Triplecross1986TV MovieVeteran Cop, Ernie
Lady Blue1986TV SeriesJoe Kaufman
Final Jeopardy1985TV MoviePoliceman #2
Remington Steele1985TV SeriesUniform #2
Code of Silence1985Det. Dorato
Hunter1985TV SeriesVic Terranova
Hardcastle and McCormick1985TV SeriesEd Coley
American Playhouse1984TV SeriesSupervisor
Hard Knox1984TV Movie
Through Naked Eyes1983TV MoviePatrolman
Thief1981Carl

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Buddy Faro1998TV Series co-executive producer - 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lucky Stiff2014performer: "Good to Be Alive", "Harry's Nightmare", "Fancy Meeting You Here Reprise"
Empire Falls2005TV Mini-Series performer: "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes", "Magic Moments"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2014TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Planet of the Pitts2004Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2003-2004TV SeriesHimself
Dinner for Five2004TV SeriesHimself
This Old Cub2004DocumentaryHimself
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997-2002TV SeriesHimself
The Directors2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Making 'Snatch'2001Video documentary shortHimself
The Daily Show2000TV SeriesHimself
1999 ALMA Awards1999TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1997TV SeriesHimself
The 10th Annual American Comedy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
The American Gangster1992DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
Nightlife1987TV SeriesHimself
Family Guy2014TV SeriesHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Unsolved Mysteries2008TV Series documentaryHimself
And They Came to Chicago: The Italian American Legacy2007TV Movie documentaryInterview
Wait 'Til Next Year: The Saga of the Chicago Cubs2006TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
The Making of 'Heat'2005Video documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Actor (In Memoriam)
Gomorron1998TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011Commitment to Chicago AwardChicago Film Critics Association Awards
1996American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Supporting Actor in a Motion PictureGet Shorty (1995)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesNew Girl (2011)
1997Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst On-Screen CoupleThat Old Feeling (1997)· Bette Midler
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastGet Shorty (1995)· Danny DeVito
· James Gandolfini
· Gene Hackman
· Delroy Lindo
· David Paymer
· Rene Russo
· John Travolta


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#Quote
1Some people approach acting with all these things in their head, making it more complicated than it needs to be, way too cerebral. I don't want to know that an actor lived in a cave for 12 days so that he could prepare for a part.

#Trademark
1Grey moustache.
2Smooth voice with a distinct Chicago accent.

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