74°

Topics

Thief (movie)
Dennis Farina dies at 69; Chicago police officer turned actor
Dennis Farina dies at 69; Chicago police officer turned actor

Dennis Farina, a Chicago police officer turned character actor who cemented his second career playing gangsters, cops and other tough guys in film and TV, died Monday. He was 69. The actor, perhaps best known in recent years for his stint on the TV crime drama "Law & Order," died at a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung, said his publicist, Lori De Waal. Farina's ability to straddle both sides of the law on screen came with a certain ease. He had worked for the Chicago Police Department for 18 years — from 1967 to 1985 — before a chance meeting with director Michael Mann spurred a change in careers in his late 30s. PHOTOS: Dennis Farina's career...

Loading