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Dennis Farina: He Didn’t Just Play a Detective on TV
Posted By Patrick Kiger On July 22, 2013 @ 4:40 pm In Legacy | Comments Disabled
Some actors are pretty good at playing hard-boiled, streetwise police detectives. Dennis Farina, who died on July 22 at age 69  in Scottsdale, Ariz., actually was a hard-boiled, streetwise police detective who also turned out to be a pretty good actor.
The Chicago native, an 18-year veteran of his city’s police force who took up acting as a second career, was best known for his stint from 2004 to 2006 on the long-running NBC police procedural Law & Order.
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Farina portrayed investigator Joe Fontana, a silver-haired dandy who affected expensive imported loafers and finely tailored suits, and could wax poetically about subjects ranging from Italian pastry to the intricate science of racetrack wagering.
But that was just one of his 75 television and film roles in an acting career that began in 1981, when he portrayed a thug named Carl in director Michael Mann’s movie Thief. Here are some interesting facts about Farina and the rough justice he so skillfully enforced on the screen.
Photo: David Shankbone via Wikipedia 
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 Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/475px-Dennis_Farina_by_David_Shankbone.jpg
 died on July 22 at age 69: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/dennis-farina-dies-at-69-590133
 TV for Grownups: The Summer Lineup: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/television/info-05-2013/summer-tv-shows-listings.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_6nAZrwMwU
 Chuck Adamson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_6nAZrwMwU
 Thief: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083190/
 Crime Story: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090410/
 Tony Denison: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0219208/
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQS16P2m2Lc
 Midnight Run: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095631/
 Get Shorty: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113161/
 2004 New York Times interview: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/24/arts/television/24lasw.html?pagewanted=print&position=
 Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDflXJmeMIE
 David Shankbone via Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dennis_Farina_by_David_Shankbone.jpg
 Did This Actor Invent the Gourmet Hamburger?: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/06/11/harry-lewis-actor-turned-gourmet-burgermeister/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL
 James Gandolfini: How He Compared to Tony Soprano: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/06/19/james-gandolfini-sopranos-actor-suffers-heart-attack-dies-at-age-51/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS
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