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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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Roberta    

I had the displeasure of living down the street from him in North Scottsdale...this man was nothing but a nuisance. He was always drunk and would go into local businesses with no shoes and clothes that were full of holes and dirty. One time i actually thought he was a bum until i realized there is no such thing in North Scootsdale...He was very vulger and had a habit of saying, don't you know who i am? I'm shocked he didn't die from cirrhosis of the liver!!

407 days ago
92.

Greener    

I really enjoyed his files. He was so cool and his back ground added a certain realism to his characters. His films were enjoyable

407 days ago
93.

David Harcrow    

I always like him, R.I.P. Mr. Farina

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94.

Joey    

Great actor, nice guy. He'll be missed.

407 days ago
95.

great granny    

Wonderful Actor. RIP Mr. Farina. Condolences to his family, friends and fans.

407 days ago
96.

marvin grunner    

what a great actor he was

407 days ago
97.

Enuff Said    

My Condolences to the Family, Friends, Loved-ones, and Colleagues of Mr. Dennis Farina.

407 days ago
98.

Jeana    

He was one of a kind. Handsome, likeable. He was like so many L&O stars. So funny about his (character's) expensive clothing. RIP you will be missed.

407 days ago
99.

Dave    

What a class actor. Loved him in MIdnight Run and Law & Order. Played the mob scene very well. He will be missed with such talent.

407 days ago
100.

Fred Farkel    

Good bye old timer...


Great job.


Great run.


Thank you

407 days ago
101.

luc mizell    

Tragic, he just missed the royal birth. RIP Dennis, loved him in Midnight Run

407 days ago
102.

b browm    

i remember him on L&O,but he was so much more!!! He could play BADASS with the best!!!! He"s gone too soon!!!!!!!!!!!!

407 days ago
103.

john    

what an actor!!!!!!!!! what a stand-up human being!!!!!!!! R.I.P. dennis your always going to be the man.always,thoughts and prayers go out to your family.

407 days ago
104.

Kabala    

He was ugly.

- A. Bynes

407 days ago
105.

Peter Weinstein    

Dennis, RIP. Your performance as Jimmy Serrano in "Midnight Run" was absolutely priceless. Thanks for the memories.

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