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      Dennis Farina

      Dennis Farina

      Highest Rated: 95% Midnight Run (1988)

      Lowest Rated: 3% The Mod Squad (1999)

      Birthday: Feb 29, 1944

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      After spending 18 years as a Chicago police officer, actor Dennis Farina ironically earned a career onscreen playing supporting roles as criminals and mobsters, often to great comedic effect. Farina made his debut with a small part as a henchman in Michael Mann's crime thriller "Thief" (1981), which led to joining the Chicago theater scene that included a stint at the Steppenwolf Theater alongside the likes of Gary Sinise and John Malkovich. Following an acclaimed, but short-lived stint as a cop on "Crime Story" (NBC, 1986-88), he landed a higher-profile supporting role in "Manhunter" (1986), the first of several serial-killer movies featuring Hannibal Lecter (Brian Cox). From there, he delivered strong performances in a series of television movies and feature films until finally breaking out with an uproarious turn as self-serious Miami crime boss Ray Barboni in the surprise hit "Get Shorty" (1995). Now on Hollywood's radar, Farina had memorable turns in "Saving Private Ryan" (1998) and "Out of Sight" (1998) before landing his own drama series, the unfortunately short-lived "Buddy Faro" (CBS, 1998). He returned to series television some years later to replace Jerry Orbach on "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), while continuing to dazzle in a wide array of supporting roles in features. These diverse film and television parts marked Farina, who died in 2013, as being one of the most highly prized character actors working in the business.

      Highest rated movies

      Midnight Run Saving Private Ryan Out of Sight
      The Killing Floor
      Get Shorty
      You Kill Me


      MIDNIGHT RUN, Dennis Farina, Robert De Niro, 1988 SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK, Edward Burns, Dennis Farina, 2001. NEW GIRL, Dennis Farina (L), Zooey Deschanel (R), 'A Father's Love', Season 2, Ep. #13, 01/15/2013, ©FOX BIG TROUBLE, Dennis Farina, 2002 (c) Walt Disney, BIG TROUBLE, left back to front: Jason Lee, Janeane Garofalo, Stanley Tucci, Tim Allen, right front to back: Rene Russo, Johnny Knoxville, Dennis Farina, Omar Epps, 2002, © Walt Disney MEN OF RESPECT, John Turturro, Dennis Farina, 1991, (c)Columbia Pictures MANHUNTER, Dennis Farina, 1986, (c) De Laurentiis Group YOU KILL ME, from left: Dennis Farina, Scott Heindl, 2007. ©IFC Films THAT OLD FEELING, Bette Midler, Dennis Farina, 1997, (c)Universal THAT OLD FEELING, Dennis Farina, Bette Midler, 1997, (c)Universal MOD SQUAD, Omar Epps, Giovanni Ribisi, Claire Danes, Dennis Farina, 1999, sunglasses MANHUNTER, 1986, Dennis Farina, William L. Peterson BIG TROUBLE, Dennis Farina, 2002, © Walt Disney THAT OLD FEELING, Gail O'Grady, Dennis Farina, 1997, (c)Universal MANHUNTER, 1986, William L. Peterson, Dennis Farina STRIKING DISTANCE, Dennis Farina, 1993, (c)Columbia Pictures CODE OF SILENCE, Chuck Norris, Dennis Farina, 1985. ©Orion Pictures Corp BIG TROUBLE, Dennis Farina, Jack Kehler, 2002 (c) Walt Disney, THAT OLD FEELING, Dennis Farina, Bette Midler, 1997. ©Universal SNATCH, Dennis Farina (l.), Vinnie Jones (r.), 2000, (c)Screen Gems



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      94% 95% Saving Private Ryan Lieutenant Colonel Anderson (Character) - 1998
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      92% 100% The Killing Floor Supervisor (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Through Naked Eyes Patrolman (Character) - 1983
      80% 81% Thief Carl (Character) - 1981


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      Executive Producer
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