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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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ctcco    

Sad news. :-(

357 days ago
47.

Allan Zumsteg    

What a loss !!!!!!!

357 days ago
48.

Demi    

Excellent actor, major loss. R.I.P. Dennis Farina!

357 days ago
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CapnHawk    

Got to meet him about 10 years ago. Great actor and a real gentleman. I bet he was one heck of a police officer, too.

357 days ago
50.

kellie    

Another acting legend is gone but won't be forgotten. RIP Mr Farina. Thanks for the memories.

357 days ago
51.

jay26mc    

Well thats 3. James Gandolfini, Cory Monteith, and Dennis Farina.

357 days ago
52.

cliff    

Dennis, now Detective Fontana will meet Detective Brisco, RIP

357 days ago
53.

Azi    

Great actor ! R.I.P. Dennis, you will be missed.

357 days ago
54.

Ronald    

What a shame. A great actor.

357 days ago
55.

Azi    

Although this news is sad, Dennis Farina was a quality actor and is the type of "STAR" TMZ should be reporting about. Instead of the bottom of the barrel, attention seeking losers they generally cover.

357 days ago
56.

Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

Don't forget Stakeout 2 and Unsolved Mysteries. R.I.P.

357 days ago
57.

Birdsht    

Now this guy was awesome. Loved his role in Luck. Simpletons and animal freaks ruined an excellent show. It should have been his last major role.

357 days ago
58.

janet    

So sad. RIP Mr. Farina. Prayers to his family.

357 days ago
59.

Cindy    

Dennis was a good actor.
Sorry he left us so soon.

357 days ago
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t.r.    

RIP paisan.

357 days ago
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