Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/22/2013 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

His craggy face had seen a lot, and Hollywood responded. A former Chicago policeman, casting agents came to actor Dennis Farina to take roles that demanded a world-weary but worldly wise veteran of life. Farina has passed away at the age of 69 from a blood clot on the lung. He was 69.

Actor Dennis Farina was a familiar face on the small screen with meaty roles in 'Crime Story' and 'Law & Order.'

Actor Dennis Farina was a familiar face on the small screen with meaty roles in "Crime Story" and "Law & Order."

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/22/2013 (3 years ago)

Published in Celebrity

Keywords: Dennis Farina, movie actor, TV actor, Crime Story, death


LOS ANGELES, CA (catholic Online) - Farina once told an entertainment reporter, riding the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel in his hometown of Chicago, "I spend all day walking around this city. I always come back here. This is where I'm comfortable."

Farina had lent his talents to such major films as "Get Shorty," "Saving Private Ryan" and "Midnight Run." He arguably left his largest mark on television shows such as "Crime Story" and "Law & Order."

Farina maintained a home in Chicago in order to keep in close touch with family members and lifelong friends. Those who knew him intimately remember Farina as self-effacing and shy.

"I know guys who look at themselves on TV, in movies. Not me," he told the press in 2010. "I'm afraid if I ever did I'd just sit there saying, 'Why the hell did they ever hire me?'"

The youngest of the seven children, Farina grew up in the Old Town neighborhood, where he attended St. Michael Grammar School and St. Michael Central High.

After a hitch in the Army he went to work in the South Water produce market for a time. He joined the Chicago Police Department and started as a patrolman and became a detective four years later.

His acting career began in 1981 when director Michael Mann - in Chicago scouting locations for his film "Thief" - met Farina and gave him a bit part in the movie.

Circulating his picture to various Chicago agents led to his being cast in an episode on "Chicago Story," where he met John Mahoney, who convinced Farina to audition for a role in "A Prayer for My Daughter," at Steppenwolf.

 Farina subsequently appeared in "Streamers" at Columbia College; "The Time of Your Life" at the Goodman; "Class C Trial in Yokohama" at the Theater Building; in TV shows such as "Hunter," "Miami Vice" and "Remington Steele," and in such locally-filmed movies as "Code of Silence" and "The Naked Face."

"When I first got into acting, I never had any long-term goals, never had any plan," he once said in 1988. "I just thought it would be a good way to make some extra money."

In 1985, Farina was cast opposite William L. Petersen in "Manhunter" and set to start filming episodes of a new TV series titled "Crime Story."

Leaving law enforcement after 20 years, his career was one of enviably steady employment, with parts large and small in such films as "Get Shorty," "Snatch" and "Midnight Run" and dozens of TV appearances, including his role as host of "Unsolved Mysteries" and the high-profile part of natty Det. Joe Fontana on "Law & Order," from which he departed in 2006.


---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for DECEMBER 2016
Universal:
End to Child-Soldiers: That the scandal of child-soldiers may be eliminated the world over.
Evangelization: Europe: That the peoples of Europe may rediscover the beauty, goodness, and truth of the Gospel which gives joy and hope to life.



Comments


More Celebrity

TV's favorite sitcom mom, Florence Henderson passes away at 82 Watch

Image of Florence Henderson was best known for her role as

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Television's favorite sitcom mom has passed away at the age of 82.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Actress Florence Henderson, best known as Carol Brady of the Brady Bunch, died on Thanksgiving day due to heart failure. According to her manager, Kayla ... continue reading


Vatican cardinal pays tribute to late 'Hallelujah' singer Leonard Cohen Watch

Image of Leonard Cohen has passed away (Facebook).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Singer songwriter Leonard Cohen passed away on Thursday, November 10. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The largely influential singer reportedly passed away peacefully at 82-years-old.On his Facebook page, Sony Music Canada released the brief statement: "It is with ... continue reading


Michael Savage is censored during LIVE show after questioning Hillary's health. Censorship is alive and well in America Watch

Image of Michael Savage was censored while broadcasting live and asking about Clinton's health.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Censorship is alive and well in America. Yesterday, Dr. Michael Savage's show "Savage Nation" was pulled off the air when he questioned Hillary Clinton's health. Censorship in America comes in two forms, hard and soft. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Dr. Michael ... continue reading


5 popular celebrities who aren't afraid of showing their faith Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Practicing your faith and being in the limelight is not always an easy task, especially in a world where Christians and believers are persecuted for their faithful love of God. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Despite facing paparazzi and crazed fans, there are ... continue reading


'I'm more of a spiritual person': Pop Star, Rita Ora set to sing for Pope Francis during Mother Teresa's canonization celebration Watch

Image of Rita Ora to sing for Pope Francis.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pop singer Rita Ora, known for songs such as "I Will Never Let You down" and "Shine Ya Light" will be performing a song at St. Peter's Basilica for Pope Francis. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - NME reported Ora was asked to perform at a ceremony in Italy this ... continue reading


Clinton Crime Family - Alex Jones asks Hillary Clinton to spare his life Watch

Image of Alex Jones asked Clinton to repent and change her ways.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Infowars host, Alex Jones has asked Hillary Clinton not to kill him as he speaks out against her campaign of terror. According to sources, Clinton is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people who have challenged her rise to power. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading


Catholicism in Hollywood: Not as rare as you might think Watch

Image of Hollywood boasts more Catholics than one might think.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Drugs, sex and scandals surround many Hollywood stars, but many famous actors and actresses rise above it or work through it with help from their Catholic faith. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The media loves to show unflattering images of famous stars at their ... continue reading


'They cried out to the Lord in their distress': Actor Chris Pratt tweets prayer request Watch

Image of Actor Chris Pratt called for prayers for a child with brain cancer.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Actor Christ Pratt, known for his roles in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Jurassic World," took to Twitter to respond to a fan's prayer request. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Tweet read: "@prattprattpratt would love a RT asking followers to say a prayer for a ... continue reading


'She basically played herself': Iconic Lois Lane actress dies at 95 Watch

Image of The world has lost another beautiful icon: Noel Neill (Pinterest).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Noel Darleen Neill, best known for her portrayal of Lois Lane in the original Superman television show, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, July 3, at 95-years-old. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to CNN, Neill's friend, manager and biographer, Larry ... continue reading


Lady Gaga fights Catholic Church Watch

Image of Lady Gaga upset about Catholic Church comments on her lifestyle.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Lady Gaga, known for her meat dress and outlandish outfits, has spoken out against Catholic blogger Becky Roach, who wrote an article criticizing celebrities who hypocritically claim they are faithful to God but continue to live stereotypical Hollywood lifestyles. LOS ... continue reading


All Celebrity News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 40:25-31
25 'To whom can you compare me, or who is my equal?' says the Holy ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10
1 [Of David] Bless Yahweh, my soul, from the depths of my being, his holy ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 11:28-30
28 'Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened, and I will give ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for December 7th, 2016 Image

St. Maria Giuseppe Rossello
December 7: Foundress of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy. ... Read More