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‘Law & Order’ Actor Dennis Farina Dead At Age 69

Farina Played NYPD Det. Joe Fontana On Law & Order
Dennis Farina (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez
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Dennis Farina (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez
Getty Images/ Entertainment)

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (CBSNewYork/AP)  — Dennis Farina, a former Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a New York City police officer on “Law & Order,” has died.

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Lori De Waal, his representative, said 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. He served as a Chicago Police burglary detective from 1967 until 1985.

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

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

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