Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/22/2013 (1 year 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 (1 year 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.


---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2015
Universal:
That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.
Evangelization: That the personal encounter with Jesus may arouse in many young people the desire to offer their own lives in priesthood or consecrated life.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Celebrity

Pop star Katy Perry fights with nuns over rights to convent Watch

Image of Katy Perry visited with nuns expressing her desires for the property, but did not win them over.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Katy Perry is not only famous for her record-breaking hits, but her widely publicized feud with singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has also garnered some spotlight. However, it seems that Taylor Swift isn't the only one Katy Perry shares "Bad Blood" with. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


'Pastors have got to wake their congregations up': 'God's Not Dead' actor calls on pastors to get people involved in politics Watch

Image of Kevin Sorbo is known for his part in

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Hollywood actor, Kevin Sorbo expressed the need for pastors to do something to motivate their congregations and "wake them up to do something for America," in a recent appearance on the Church Boys podcast. Sorbo, who played an atheist professor in the film "God's Not ... continue reading


A family man with faith: The unknown refreshing life of movie star Chris Pratt Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Chris Pratt, leading man in huge move blockbusters, like Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego movie and more recently Jurassic World, which has earned $511.8 million in its opening weekend worldwide. Jurassic World is now dubbed the highest grossing global film. However, ... continue reading


'Rocky' movie producer Robert Chartoff dies at 81 Watch

Image of Robert Chartoff won the best picture Oscar for the first

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As a movie producer, he was prolific and tackled projects on various topics. He was most famous for the films he did on the sport of boxing. Oscar-winning producer Robert Chartoff, behind the "Rocky" series and "Raging Bull" has died in Santa Monica, ... continue reading


Iconic screen villain Christopher Lee dies at 93 Watch

Image of His turn as the Prince of Darkness in

By Greg Goodsell

When Christopher Lee assumed the cape of Count Dracula in the late 1950s in a series of films for Hammer Studios, there was talk among fans. Lee's Dracula was tall, imposing, lustful, a creature of violence, quite unlike the courtly gentleman as played by Bela ... continue reading


'Star Trek's' Nichelle Nichols suffers mild stroke Watch

Image of Among Nichelle Nichols' many fans was the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., who called her role

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Actress Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Nyota Uhura in the original "Star Trek" TV series and films, suffered a mild stroke this week. In a statement by Zach McGinnis of Galactic Productions, which books the 82-year-old Nichols and other actors for public ... continue reading


Monstrous mom in original 'Friday the 13th,' Betsy Palmer dies at 88 Watch

Image of While she appeared at countless fan conventions and signed photos of her brandishing sharp objects, Betsy Palmer's estimation of the film,

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While she was a game show panelist on "What's My Secret?" and appeared in countless TV shows and on Broadways as an actor, Betsy Palmer's best-known role was as the monstrous mom Mrs. Voorhees in the original "Friday the 13th." While she appeared at countless ... continue reading


Near-death experience and 'wilderness journey' led Christian actor back into God's arms Watch

Image of

By Talia Ramos (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Christian actors are rare gems in the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. As rare as they are, actor Kristoffer Polaha, one of the stars on the upcoming film "Where Hope Grows," shared some of his odd life experiences that led him back to Jesus Christ. With a couple of ... continue reading


Academy award winner delivers powerful speech to college graduates Watch

Image of

By Hannah Raissa Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Godfather and Raging Bull icon, Robert De Niro gave a very direct speech during the New York University's Tisch School for the Arts commencement exercises last Friday. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - De Niro made points on what it's like in the real ... continue reading


After 33 years on the air, late night talk show host David Letterman leaves lasting legacy Watch

Image of Letterman frequently asked audience members about babies and professions, and asked celebrity guests about everything from bed knobs to broomsticks.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

At 33 years on the air uninterrupted, with well over six thousand shows to his credit, late-night talk show host David Letterman will leave a lasting legacy to broadcast television. Never one to kowtow to the "Hidden needs" of his guests, Olivia Wilde summed up ... continue reading


All Celebrity News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

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

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 2:19-22
19 So you are no longer aliens or foreign visitors; ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 117:1, 2
1 Alleluia! Praise Yahweh, all nations, extol him, ... Read More

Gospel, John 20:24-29
24 Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 3rd, 2015 Image

St. Thomas
July 3: St. Thomas was a Jew, called to be one of the twelve Apostles. ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter