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Dennis Farina, former 'Law & Order' actor, dies at 69

07/22/2013 by OnTheRedCarpet.com Staff

Former "Law & Order" actor Dennis Farina has died at age 69, a spokesperson for the actor confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday, July 22.

Farina died Monday morning in a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, after he suffered a blood clot in his lung.

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Born in Chicago, Farina worked as a police officer in the city before becoming an actor in his late 30s. He starred as Detective Mike Torello on "Crime Story" for two seasons. He later went on to play Detective Joe Fontana on two seasons of "Law & Order" from 2004 to 2006.

The actor also appeared in films like "Midnight Run," "Get Shorty," "Saving Private Ryan," Snatch" and "Out of Sight."

Farina recently appeared on HBO's "Luck" and he had a recurring guest role on the FOX comedy "New Girl" as the father of Nick, played by actor Jake Johnson.

"RIP Dennis Farina. What a tremendous loss," Johnson tweeted on Monday.

Farina is survived by three sons, six grandchildren and longtime partner, Marianne Cahill.

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