Monday, July 22, 2013

Dennis Farina 1944-2013

Dennis Farina, veteran actor of television and film, has passed away at the age of 69.

Having never taken an acting class, Dennis Farina was well into his career as a Chicago policeman when he was asked to consult on director Michael Mann’s THIEF (1981), and wound up with a small part in the film…a small part which would launch a long and successful career in both film and television. His many film roles included Mann’s MANHUNTER (1991), MIDNIGHT RUN (1988), STRIKING DISTANCE (1993), LITTLE BIG LEAGUE (1994), GET SHORTY (1995),  EDDIE (1996), OUT OF SIGHT (1998), SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (1998), THE MOD SQUAD (1999), and SNATCH (2001).


A tough-guy character actor, he was often cast as a mobster or a policeman, but had enough versatility to draw a few laughs when needed. He was one of those guys who instantly made a movie a little bit better when he showed up. Everybody liked him, and his absence will be felt.




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