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Dennis Farina

'Law & Order' Star Dies

Blood Clot In Lung

7/22/2013 4:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dennis Farina -- who starred as Det. Joe Fontana on "Law & Order" -- died today in Scottsdale, Arizona after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.

Farina is a Hollywood legend -- who appeared in tons of classic films and TV shows including "Get Shorty," "Snatch" and "Midnight Run." He also appeared in HBO's series "Luck."



Farina -- who was born in Chicago in 1944 -- is survived by his 3 adult children from his marriage to Patricia Farina. They divorced in 1980.  He also has two granddaughters and four grandsons.

Farina's rep says the actor is also survived by "the love of his life of 35 years, Marianne Cahill." It doesn't appear the two were ever married.

Before he became an actor, Farina was a cop with the Chicago Police Department from 1967 to 1985.

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Fran    

I will miss this man.

436 days ago
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Sharon    

This breaks my heart. He was one of the good guys, who will be very missed. Fly with the angels now ...

436 days ago
18.

Brad    

The cast of Get Shorty's dropping like flies.

436 days ago
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Susanlsmith    

Blood clots are silent killer ... Tragic

436 days ago
20.

MaryContrary    

OMG This is such a bummer. I always liked him as an actor on Law & Order and countless other shows and movies. First, James Gandolfini, then Cory Monteith, and now Dennis Farina. Really does happen in threes.

436 days ago
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karen    

I am so saddened by this! I saw him at the mall here in Scottsdale a few years back...he was so nice and gracious to everyone! A GREAT ACTOR! R.I.P. xoxo

436 days ago
22.

AMY D    

How sad. The good ones are dying, while the pieces of s h it keep on. NOT fair!!

436 days ago
23.

hitman_4hire    

Thats really sad news!! Dennis Farina was a really good Actor. He will be missed!!

436 days ago
24.

Andrew    

I've liked everything he's done except his most recent Comcast commercials. I thought he looked ill in those spots blasting UVerse. Anyway, may he rest in peace

436 days ago
25.

Red Lily    

You should also mention that he was a former cop in Chicago, before he became an actor. Great guy. So sweet and down to earth. RIP Mr. Farina

436 days ago
26.

sean    

Heck of a good actor. RIP, sir.

436 days ago
27.

goodytwoshoes    

Should have been kyne west

436 days ago
28.

WiddoMouse    

He was a good looking man. He and I were the same age. Makes me aware of my own mortality. RIP.

436 days ago
29.

Gretel    

My mother had a huge celebrity crush on him. I thought he was a true badass because he really was a cop. RIP Mr Farina.

436 days ago
30.

The Brick    

That is so sad ...

436 days ago
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