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​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 died on July 22, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona at age 69.

​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 died on July 22, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona at age 69.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 75

Birthday 1944-02-29

Day of Death 2013-07-22

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2014 Lucky Stiff as Luigi
2014 Authors Anonymous as John K. Butzin
2012 Luck (9 episodes)
2011 The Last Rites of Joe May as Joe May
2010 Knucklehead as Memphis Earl
2008 Bottle Shock as Maurice Cantavale
2008 What Happens in Vegas as Richard Banger
2007 Bag Boy as Marty Engstrom
2007 The Grand as L.B.J. Deuce Fairbanks
2007 Purple Violets as Gilmore
2007 You Kill Me as Edward O'Leary
2005 Empire Falls (2 episodes)
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury (1 episode)
2004 Paparazzi as Detective Burton
2004 This Old Cub as Himself
2004 Justice League Unlimited (13 episodes) as Theodore "Ted" Grant / Wildcat
2002 In-Laws (15 episodes)
2002 Stealing Harvard as Mr. Warner
2002 Big Trouble as Henry Desalvo
2001 Sidewalks of New York as Carpo
2001 Dinner for Five (1 episode)
2001 Making 'Snatch' as Himself
2000 Snatch as Abraham 'Cousin Avi' Denovitz
2000 Bad Seed as Dick Muller
2000 Reindeer Games as Jack Banks
1999 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn (1 episode)
1999 The Mod Squad as Captain Adam Greer
1998 Buddy Faro (13 episodes) as Buddy Faro
1998 Saving Private Ryan as Lieutenant Colonel Walter Anderson
1998 Out of Sight as Marshall Sisco
1997 Bella Mafia as Don Roberto Luciano
1997 That Old Feeling as Dan De Mora
1996 Eddie as Coach John Bailey
1996 Out of Annie's Past as Charlie Ingle
1995 Get Shorty as Ray 'Bones' Barboni
1995 Bonanza: Under Attack as Charley Siringo
1994 Little Big League as George O'Farrell
1994 The Corpse Had a Familiar Face as Detective Harry Lindstrom
1994 One Woman's Courage as Craig McKenna
1993 Striking Distance as Capt. Nick Detillo
1993 Romeo Is Bleeding as Nick Gazzara
1993 Another Stakeout as Brian O'Hara
1993 The Disappearance of Nora as Denton
1992 Mac as Mr. Stunder
1992 The American Gangster as Narrator
1992 Cruel Doubt (2 episodes) as Tom Brereton
1992 We're Talkin' Serious Money as Sal
1992 Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel as Mike Cerone
1990 Havana
1990 Law & Order (46 episodes) as Joe Fontana
1990 People Like Us as Elias Renthall
1990 Blind Faith (2 episodes) as Prosecutor Kelly
1990 Men of Respect as Bankie Como
1989 Tales from the Crypt (1 episode)
1989 The Case of the Hillside Stranglers as Angelo Buono
1988 Midnight Run as Jimmy Serrano
1988 China Beach (1 episode)
1987 Six Against the Rock as Robert Stroud
1987 Unsolved Mysteries (577 episodes)
1986 Crime Story (44 episodes) as Lt. Mike Torello
1986 Manhunter as Jack Crawford
1986 Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling as Freddy
1986 The Birthday Boy
1985 Final Jeopardy as Policeman #2
1985 Code of Silence as Det. Dorato
1985 Lady Blue (1 episode)
1984 The Killing Floor as Supervisor
1984 Hunter (2 episodes)
1984 Miami Vice (2 episodes)
1984 Hard Knox
1983 Through Naked Eyes as Patrolman
1983 Hardcastle and McCormick (1 episode)
1982 Remington Steele (1 episode)
1981 Thief as Carl
1962 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1 episode)

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