Law & Order actor Farina Dies At 69

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Updated July 22, 2013

Law & Order actor; Dennis Farina has died. The Chicago police officer turned actor was best known for his roles as mobsters or police officers, including his turn as detective Joe Fontana on TV series “Law and Order.” He was 69.

Farina suffered a blood clot in his lung, publicist Lori De Waal said.

Chicago-born Farina earned his first credited role in a bit part in the 1981 Michael Mann film “Thief” and would go on to play mobsters in 1988 comedy “Midnight Run” and 1995 comedy “Get Shorty.”

Farina made a name for himself in the cop drama TV series “Crime Story.”

The actor’s final starring role was in the short-lived HBO TV series “Luck” opposite Dustin Hoffman.

Farina is survived by three sons, six grandchildren and his partner of 35 years, Marianne Cahill.