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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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robocop    

One of the BEST! No method b.s. acting -- just the real deal. RIP

397 days ago
77.

John    

RIP Dennis. You personified the best of the good and bad guys from my own hometown. You will be missed but the laughs are on film. God bless!

397 days ago
78.

Hannah    

One of my all time favorites. You will be missed. Condolences to your family and friends.

397 days ago
79.

Dennis Burns    

Great actor and yes he was a cool
dude!°!! RIP Dennis

397 days ago
80.

AH    

Mr.Farina did seem older. I really like his acting. Always the tough guy. RIP

397 days ago
81.

NancyA    

Rest in Peace, Always liked his acting.He will be missed,

397 days ago
82.

smcmahon    

i loved watching mr farina on Law and Order he was an excellent actor and will be greatly miss my condolences to his partner and all his friends and co workers and may he rest in peace

397 days ago
83.

Joe Macaluso    

RIP Mr.Farina.
It was great working with you on Get Shorty.
My Sincere condolences to your family.

397 days ago
84.

Stehanie Otto    

You will be missed deeply missed. I just watched a movie, last night, called. " Last Right's Of Joe May. " 2011. You were my hero, in Law and Order..
May Peace Be With You....

397 days ago
85.

Harleynut    

One Star dies and one is Born?

397 days ago
86.

Openfly    

GET SHORTY,SNATCH....I really like your characters and will miss you,but I will Always watch these movies.

397 days ago
87.

ktowell72    

The last time I saw him on t.v. was the show "Unsolved Mysteries" he was a great host of the show,He will be greatly missed.

397 days ago
88.

Joe    

Rest in Peace Dennis Farina!!

397 days ago
89.

bob ruehl    

I just watched the last rites of Joe May and he was terrific.R.I.P Dennis.Chicago will miss you.My prayers are wit him and his family

397 days ago
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PoGotcha    

R.I.P. Dennis. It was an honor to have worked with you…You taught me a lot.

397 days ago
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