Dennis Farina a former Chicago policeman who found a great career as an actor after his retirement from law enforcement has died. He was 69. The cause of death was said to be a blo0d clot in the lung, ending the life of the former lawman who often played either policemen or gangsters in movies as a remarkable character actor. From 1967 until 1985 Dennis Farina was a Chicago area police officer, but he soon found himself in demand for productions such as GET SHORTY or Tv’s LAW & ORDER after actor Jerry Orbach passed away from cancer and a tough actor replacement was needed for the very long running crime series. Stage actor Jerry Orbach was often called “Mr. Law & Order” because he seemed like such a natural for the show, but Dennis Farina was a skilled tough guy actor that did well with the show, but left after only a short run on the series.
On his FACEBOOK page, Dennis Farina was always so friendly to his fans. He played a tough guy in the movies and TV, but he was actually a very nice man who loved his many fans and so deeply appreciated them. Dennis Farina worked the burglary division for the Chicago Police Department, helping to solve many crimes and helping owners get their property back.
We at Wizbang Pop certainly appreciate the work of Dennis Farina both as an actor and a former police officer. He’s a stage presence that will be deeply missed. We urge any fans of this great actor to post some warm wishes over at the Facebook page of Dennis Farina and give his family some support and comfort right now. This has to be a deeply sad day for his sons and family.