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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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Heather    

RIP Mr. Farina

371 days ago
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dierdre    

May you R.I.P. Mr. Farina. I always liked your acting. The sad thing here is, I thought he was much older than 69. He looked a lot older. My condolences to your family.

371 days ago
3.

Uncle Rufus    

VERY cool guy...he'll be missed.

371 days ago
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dreamer4u    

aww how sad..good actor. May you RIP..

371 days ago
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lalaluvu    

That sucks. RIP Sir. You were a great actor :)

371 days ago
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JIMMY    

A great actor,snappy dresser,and will be missed.

371 days ago
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HRH Prince Michael    

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


Although I have not seen his work in years, unquestionably, "Crime Story" was a true television tour de force - early Michael Mann.

May The True and Living Yahweh, rest the soul
of Dennis Farina.

371 days ago
8.

Kay Kaybear    

Well that sucks big time - I really liked him a lot as an actor. :(

RIP Mr. Farina

371 days ago
9.

stu    

Another Italiano bites the dust. Lay off the spicy sausages boys!

371 days ago
10.

bendover    

VERY SAD . WILL BE MISSED . RIP

371 days ago
11.

Lisa    

Great actor...so sad :-(

371 days ago
12.

spader    

That sux, another good nice guy gone.

371 days ago
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robw    

He was a great actor. He got started with a TV show in the 80s called Crime Story. A very under rated show IMHO. As a cop in these movies and shows he was as authentic as you can get. He did a sitcom a few years ago which didn't work out but I had a few laughs.

371 days ago
14.

Boris M.    

Something to declare?
DON'T GO TO ENGLAND!

R.I.P. Dennis

371 days ago
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paul a.    

You must be one of those quick draw artists, with your gun way down in your pants like that?

Im from Miami f--king Beach why would I care about your f--king beach?

RIP Farina, thanks for the memories

371 days ago
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