Dennis Farina, star of ‘Law & Order,’ dead at 69

FILE - In this undated photo from NBC Universal, Dennis Farina, who plays New York Police Detective Joe Fontana, acts in a scene with Michael Imperioli in the role of Detective Nick Falco, in an episode from NBC's police drama,"Law & Order."  (AP Photo/ NBC Universal,Jessica Burstein)
FILE - In this undated photo from NBC Universal, Dennis Farina, who plays New York Police Detective Joe Fontana, acts in a scene with Michael Imperioli in the role of Detective Nick Falco, in an episode from NBC's police drama,"Law & Order." (AP Photo/ NBC Universal,Jessica Burstein)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dennis Farina, a former Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on “Law & Order,” has died.

Lori De Waal, his representative, says Farina died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.

Born Feb. 29, 1944, in Chicago, he was a city police officer before turning to acting in his late 30s.

Farina appeared in films including “Get Shorty,” ”Saving Private Ryan” and “Midnight Run.”

Among his many TV portrayals was Det. Joe Fontana on “Law & Order.” He starred in the 1980s cult favorite, “Crime Story” and most recently was in the HBO drama series “Luck.”

 

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