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Dennis Farina, star of 'Law & Order,' dead at 69


Published:   |   Updated: July 23, 2013 at 10:32 AM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Dennis Farina, a former Chicago police officer who played one on the television series "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 Detective 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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