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      Dennis Farina

      Dennis Farina

      Highest Rated: 94% 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

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

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      40% 55% Lucky Stiff Luigi (Character) - 2014
      7% 15% Authors Anonymous John K. Butzin (Character) - 2014
      74% 65% The Last Rites of Joe May Joe May (Character) - 2011
      10% 35% Knucklehead Memphis Earl (Character) - 2010
      48% 58% Bottle Shock Maurice (Character) $4.0M 2008
      25% 36% What Happens in Vegas Banger (Character) $80.3M 2008
      40% 43% The Grand L.B.J. Deuce Fairbanks (Character) $114.7K 2008
      No Score Yet 60% Purple Violets Gilmore (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 18% Bag Boy Marty Engstrom (Character) - 2007
      78% 59% You Kill Me Edward O'Leary (Character) $2.4M 2007
      18% 38% Paparazzi Detective Burton (Character) $15.7M 2004
      9% 39% Stealing Harvard Mr. Warner (Character) $14.0M 2002
      48% 54% Big Trouble Henry (Character) $7.3M 2002
      56% 54% Sidewalks of New York Carpo (Character) $2.4M 2001
      20% 46% Preston Tylk Dick Muller (Character) - 2000
      74% 93% Snatch Cousin Avi (Character) $30.1M 2000
      25% 27% Reindeer Games Jack Bangs (Character) $23.4M 2000
      3% 17% The Mod Squad Captain Adam Greer (Character) $13.3M 1999
      94% 95% Saving Private Ryan Lieutenant Colonel Anderson (Character) - 1998
      94% 74% Out of Sight Marshall Sisco (Character) $37.5M 1998
      43% 59% That Old Feeling Dan De Mora (Character) $16.3M 1997
      17% 36% Eddie Coach John Bailey (Character) $31.4M 1996
      No Score Yet 60% Bonanza: Under Attack Charley Siringo (Character) - 1995
      88% 70% Get Shorty Ray 'Bones' Barboni (Character) $68.8M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Out of Annie's Past Charlie Ingle (Character) - 1995
      33% 53% Little Big League George O'Farrell (Character) $12.1M 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Corpse Had a Familiar Face Detective Harry Lindstrom (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One Woman's Courage Stella Jenson (Character) - 1994
      16% 28% Another Stakeout Brian O'Hara (Character) $20.1M 1993
      17% 35% Striking Distance Capt. Nick Detillo (Character) $23.8M 1993
      27% 61% Romeo Is Bleeding Nick Gazzara (uncredited) (Character) $3.3M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Disappearance of Nora Denton (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet We're Talkin' Serious Money Sal (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 33% Street Crimes Brian (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel Mike Cerone (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 75% Cruel Doubt Tom Brereton (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 83% American Gangster Unknown (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 41% Men of Respect Bankie Como (Character) $119.8K 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hillside Stranglers Angelo Buono (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet 11% The Case of the Hillside Stranglers Angelo Buono (Character) - 1989
      94% 87% Midnight Run Jimmy Serrano (Character) $36.3M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Open Admissions Fred (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Six Against the Rock Robert Stroud (Character) - 1987
      93% 77% Manhunter FBI Section Chief Jack Crawford (Character) $7.0M 1986
      50% 79% Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Freddy (Character) $16.4M 1986
      No Score Yet 85% Crime Story Lt. Mike Torello (Character) - 1986
      70% 51% Code of Silence Dorato (Character) - 1985
      91% 100% The Killing Floor Supervisor (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Through Naked Eyes Patrolman (Character) - 1983
      79% 81% Thief Carl (Character) - 1981

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 62% Family Guy Himself (Guest Voice) 2014
      95% 84% New Girl Walt Miller (Guest Star) 2013
      No Score Yet 79% The Looney Tunes Show Frank Russo (Guest Voice) 2013
      82% 81% Luck Gus Demitriou (Character) 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unsolved Mysteries Host 1994-1995 2008-2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show Guest 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unsolved Mysteries with Dennis Farina Host 2008
      No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Joe Fontana (Character) 2004-2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Empire Falls Walt Comeau (Character) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Trial by Jury Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      8% No Score Yet In-Laws Unknown (Character) 2002-2003
      No Score Yet 100% The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2000
      92% No Score Yet Buddy Faro Unknown (Character),
      Executive Producer
      1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bella Mafia Unknown (Character) 1997
      82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet People Like Us Unknown (Character) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blind Faith Prosecutor Kelly (Character) 1990
      71% 91% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1984-1985 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crime Story Lt. Mike Torello (Character) 1986-1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Vic Terranova (Guest Star) 1985