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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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DTD    

Realy too bad loved the guy's work. And "Snatch" is one of the best movies ever.

405 days ago
32.

Gregory    

Thank you for the memories. RIP Dennis Farina.

405 days ago
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Bob DaMahn    

"Crime Story" is still one of my favorite all-time shows, 2 years was too short just like your life! We will miss you, R.I.P.

405 days ago
34.

Ruby    

Aww noooo, loved him since Crime Story !
RIP Mr Farina.

405 days ago
35.

art    

we lost one of the good guys! RIP.

405 days ago
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Mick Kahler    

So sad for us Chicagoans who have always been proud of how well Mr. Farina did in show business. He represented for our city so well. My deepest condolences to his family and friends!

405 days ago
37.

Ken    

Loads of charisma and totally underrated.

405 days ago
38.

Garry    

Wow! Shocker! A favorite actor of mine! Thank you for your work!

405 days ago
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profiletom    

Way before Dennis was a great actor, he was an even better copper. Great detective. He will be missed, my condolences to the family.

405 days ago
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Kathy    

May you rest in peace, I always enjoyed his programs and acting. God be with his family at this time.

405 days ago
41.

Chanza    

RIP Mr.Farina, I enjoyed watching Unsolved Mysteries when u took over for William ****ner

405 days ago
42.

Squid    

another badass actor, will be missed

405 days ago
43.

Garry    

Wow! Shocker! A favorite actor of mine! Thank you for your work! Was this a result of "smoking"?

405 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Boy am I sorry to hear this sad news. R.I.P. Dennis. :(

405 days ago
45.

thinkingperson    

So sad! So young!! Condolences to the family.

405 days ago
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