Career of Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina, a former Chicago policeman turned tough-guy actor, died in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday, the actor's publicist said. He was 69.

 Farina, best known as detective Joe Fontana on the long-running TV series "Law & Order," suffered a blood clot in his lung, publicist Lori De Waal said. (REUTERS)


Here's a look back at some his outstanding roles in film and television.

BIG TROUBLE, Dennis Farina, 2002, © Walt Disney/courtesy Everett Collection
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BIG TROUBLE, Dennis Farina, 2002, © Walt Disney/courtesy Everett Collection
SNATCH, Dennis Farina (l.), Vinnie Jones (r.), 2000, (c)Screen Gems/courtesy Everett Collection
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SNATCH, Dennis Farina (l.), Vinnie Jones (r.), 2000, (c)Screen Gems/courtesy Everett Collection
SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK, Edward Burns, Dennis Farina, 2001. ©Paramount Classics/Courtesy Everett Collection
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SIDEWALKS OF NEW YORK, Edward Burns, Dennis Farina, 2001. ©Paramount Classics/Courtesy Everett Collection
FILE - In this undated photo from NBC Universal, Dennis Farina, who plays New York Police Detective Joe Fontana, acts in a scene with Michael Imperioli in the role of Detective Nick Falco, in an episode from NBC's police drama,"Law & Order." Farina died suddenly on Monday, July 22, 2013, in Scottsdale, AZriz., after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69. (AP Photo/ NBC Universal,Jessica Burstein)
FILE - In this undated photo from NBC Universal, Dennis Farina, who plays New York Police Detective Joe Fontana, acts in a scene with Michael Imperioli in the role of Detective Nick Falco, in an episode from NBC's police drama,"Law & Order." Farina died suddenly on Monday, July 22, 2013, in Scottsdale, AZriz., after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69. (AP Photo/ NBC Universal,Jessica Burstein)
FILE - In this undated photo from NBC Universal, Dennis Farina, who plays New York Police Detective Joe Fontana, acts in a scene with Michael Imperioli in the role of Detective Nick Falco, in an episode from NBC's police drama,"Law & Order." Farina died suddenly on Monday, July 22, 2013, in Scottsdale, AZriz., after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69. (AP Photo/ NBC Universal,Jessica Burstein)
THE GRAND, Dennis Farina, Hank Azaria, 2007. ©Anchor Bay/Courtesy Everett Collection
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THE GRAND, Dennis Farina, Hank Azaria, 2007. ©Anchor Bay/Courtesy Everett Collection
MOD SQUAD, Omar Epps, Giovanni Ribisi, Claire Danes, Dennis Farina, 1999, sunglasses. MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection
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MOD SQUAD, Omar Epps, Giovanni Ribisi, Claire Danes, Dennis Farina, 1999, sunglasses. MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection
THAT OLD FEELING, Dennis Farina, Bette Midler, 1997, (c)Universal/courtesy Everett Collection
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THAT OLD FEELING, Dennis Farina, Bette Midler, 1997, (c)Universal/courtesy Everett Collection
CODE OF SILENCE, Chuck Norris, Dennis Farina, 1985. ©Orion Pictures Corp/courtesy Everett Collection
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CODE OF SILENCE, Chuck Norris, Dennis Farina, 1985. ©Orion Pictures Corp/courtesy Everett Collection
OUT OF SIGHT, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Farina, 1998, walking through the airport. Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection
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OUT OF SIGHT, Jennifer Lopez, Dennis Farina, 1998, walking through the airport. Universal/Courtesy Everett Collection
EDDIE, David Dwyer, Whoopi Goldberg, Dennis Farina, 1996, (c)Buena Vista Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection
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EDDIE, David Dwyer, Whoopi Goldberg, Dennis Farina, 1996, (c)Buena Vista Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection
MIDNIGHT RUN, Dennis Farina, Robert De Niro, 1988. Courtesy Everett Collection
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MIDNIGHT RUN, Dennis Farina, Robert De Niro, 1988. Courtesy Everett Collection
MEN OF RESPECT, John Turturro, Dennis Farina, 1991, (c)Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection
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MEN OF RESPECT, John Turturro, Dennis Farina, 1991, (c)Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection
STEALING HARVARD, Dennis Farina, 2002, (c) Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection
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STEALING HARVARD, Dennis Farina, 2002, (c) Columbia/courtesy Everett Collection
PAPARAZZI, Dennis Farina, Cole Hauser, 2004, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.
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PAPARAZZI, Dennis Farina, Cole Hauser, 2004, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved.
CRIME STORY, Kevin Spacey, Dennis Farina, Stephen McHattie, 'The Senator, The Movie Star & The Mob', (Season 2, aired September 22, 1987), 1986-88, © New World Television / Courtesy: Everett Collection
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CRIME STORY, Kevin Spacey, Dennis Farina, Stephen McHattie, 'The Senator, The Movie Star & The Mob', (Season 2, aired September 22, 1987), 1986-88, © New World Television / Courtesy: Everett Collection
LUCK, (from left): Joan Allen, Dustin Hoffman, John Ortiz, Dennis Farina, (Season 1), 2012. photo: Gusmano Cesaretti / © HBO / Courtesy: Everett Collection
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LUCK, (from left): Joan Allen, Dustin Hoffman, John Ortiz, Dennis Farina, (Season 1), 2012. photo: Gusmano Cesaretti / © HBO / Courtesy: Everett Collection
BUDDY FARO, (from left): Allison Smith, Dennis Farina, Frank Whaley, Charles Robinson, 1998. © Spelling Television / Courtesy: Everett Collection
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BUDDY FARO, (from left): Allison Smith, Dennis Farina, Frank Whaley, Charles Robinson, 1998. © Spelling Television / Courtesy: Everett Collection
STRIKING DISTANCE, Bruce Willis, Dennis Farina, John Mahoney, 1993, (c)Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection
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STRIKING DISTANCE, Bruce Willis, Dennis Farina, John Mahoney, 1993, (c)Columbia Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection
NEW GIRL, l-r: Dennis Farina, Jake Johnson in 'A Father's Love' (Season 2, Episode 13, aired January 15, 2013), 2011-, ph: Greg Gayne/©Fox/courtesy Everett Collection
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NEW GIRL, l-r: Dennis Farina, Jake Johnson in 'A Father's Love' (Season 2, Episode 13, aired January 15, 2013), 2011-, ph: Greg Gayne/©Fox/courtesy Everett Collection

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