Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina

69 (passed away Jul. 22nd, 2013)
Feb. 29th, 1944
Born in
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Dennis Farina's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Law & Order TV Show
Law & Order
Crime Story TV Show
Crime Story
Empire Falls TV Show
Empire Falls
American Playhouse TV Show
American Playhouse

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Authors Anonymous
2008 - Bottle Shock
2008 - What Happens in Vegas...
2007 - Purple Violets
2007 - The Grand
2007 - You Kill Me
2004 - Paparazzi
2002 - Stealing Harvard
2002 - Big Trouble
2001 - Sidewalks of New York
2000 - Reindeer Games
2000 - Snatch.
1999 - The Mod Squad
1998 - Out of Sight
1998 - Saving Private Ryan
1997 - That Old Feeling
1996 - Eddie
1995 - Get Shorty
1994 - Little Big League
1993 - Another Stakeout
1993 - Striking Distance
1988 - Midnight Run
1986 - Manhunter
1986 - Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling
1981 - Thief

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Victor Pellet
Buddy Faro
Albert Lombard
Vic Terranova
Walt Miller
Wildcat (Voiced)
Gus Demitriou
Himself (Voiced)
Lt. Colonel Edward Edward Vincent
[Complete List]


Dennis Farina was one of Hollywood's busiest actors and a familiar face to moviegoers and television viewers alike. Recently, he appeared in the feature films, "The Grand," a comedy about a Vegas poker tournament with Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines and Ray Romano; "Bottle Shock," also starring Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman and Bradley Whitford; and Fox's "What Happens in Vegas," in which Dennis starred as Cameron Diaz's boss. Farina also appeared on the NBC series "Law and Order" and in the HBO miniseries, "Empire Falls," for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series.
Farina is well remembered for his role in memorable features such as Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight," in which he played the retired lawman father of Jennifer Lopez's character. This was Farina's second outing in an Elmore Leonard best seller, the previous one being "Get Shorty," directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and co-starring John Travolta, Rene Russo and Gene Hackman. Farina received an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male for his performance as "Ray 'Bones' Barboni."
In 1998's "Saving Private Ryan," directed by Steven Spielberg, Farina played "Col. Anderson," a pivotal role in the film. It is this character who convinces Tom Hanks character to lead a squad deep into Nazi territory to rescue "Pvt. Ryan." He also co-starred with Brad Pitt and Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro in the darkly comedic crime drama "Snatch," directed by Guy Ritchie.
Farina's numerous other screen credits include John Frankenheimer's "Reindeer Games," "Paparazzi," Martin Brest's "Midnight Run," the Michael Mann film "Manhunter", among many other feature films. Farina is also recognized for his role in the critically acclaimed television series, NBC's "Crime Story". A veteran of the Chicago theater, Farina has appeared in Joseph Mantegna's "Bleacher Bums," and "A Prayer For My Daughter," directed by John Malkovich, and many others

  • He is the only actor on _"Law & Order" (1990)_ (qv) who has actually served in law enforcement.
  • His date of birth has only occured 15 times so far in his life, because February 29th is Leap Day, the well known "extra" day of a Leap Year (containing 366 days), which only occur every four years.
  • Plead no contest to carrying a weapon into a secured area. Was arrested in May, 2008 on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon after police say they found a .22-caliber handgun in his briefcase as he tried to pass through security at LAX airport. Sentenced to 24 months probation [July 17, 2008].
  • Was considered for the role of "Joey Zasa" in _The Godfather: Part III (1990)_ (qv).
  • Spent three years in the military before becoming a police officer.
  • Once claimed in an interview that as a Chicago cop he was such a bad shot, he earned the nickname "The Great Wounder."
  • Is one of three actors to play Jack Crawford in the Hannibal Lecter films. He played the role in _Manhunter (1986)_ (qv). 'Scott Glenn' (qv) played the role in _The Silence of the Lambs (1991)_ (qv), and 'Harvey Keitel' (qv) played the role in _Red Dragon (2002)_ (qv).
  • Father of actor 'Joe Farina (I)' (qv).

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