Dennis Farina


Born: Chicago, Illinois, USA


​Dennis Farina was one of Hollywoods 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 Foxs What Happens in Vegas, in which Dennis starred as Cameron Diazs 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 Soderberghs Out of Sight, in which he played the retired lawman father of Jennifer Lopezs character. This was Farinas 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 1998s 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. Farinas numerous other screen credits include John Frankenheimers Reindeer Games, Paparazzi, Martin Brests 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, NBCs Crime Story. A veteran of the Chicago theater, Farina has appeared in Joseph Mantegnas 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.

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