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Dennis Farina

1944-02-29 Chicago, Illinois, USA

Image of Dennis Farina


​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.


Lucky Stiff Luigi 2014-10-08
Authors Anonymous John K. Butzin 2014-04-18
The Last Rites of Joe May Joe May 2011-10-28
Knucklehead Memphis Earl 2010-10-22
Bottle Shock Maurice Cantavale 2008-09-05
What Happens in Vegas Richard Banger 2008-05-07
The Grand L.B.J. Deuce Fairbanks 2007-06-07
Purple Violets Gilmore 2007-04-30
Bag Boy Marty Engstrom 2007-09-14
You Kill Me Edward O'Leary 2007-02-09
Wait 'Til Next Year: The Saga of the Chicago Cubs Narrator 2006-09-26
Paparazzi Detective Burton 2004-09-03
This Old Cub Himself 2004-08-25
Stealing Harvard Mr. Warner 2002-09-13
Big Trouble Henry Desalvo 2002-04-05
Making 'Snatch' Himself 2001-07-03
Sidewalks of New York Carpo 2001-11-23
Snatch Cousin Avi 2000-09-01
Bad Seed Dick Muller 2000-06-06
Reindeer Games Jack Banks 2000-02-25
The Mod Squad Captain Adam Greer 1999-03-26
Saving Private Ryan Lieutenant Colonel Walter Anderson 1998-07-24
Out of Sight Marshall Sisco 1998-06-26
That Old Feeling Dan De Mora 1997-04-04
Bella Mafia Don Roberto Luciano 1997-11-16
Out of Annie's Past Charlie Ingle 1996-05-24
Eddie John Bailey 1996-05-31
Get Shorty Ray 'Bones' Barboni 1995-10-20
Bonanza: Under Attack Charley Siringo 1995-01-15
Little Big League George O'Farrell 1994-06-29
The Corpse Had a Familiar Face Detective Harry Lindstrom 1994-03-27
One Woman's Courage Craig McKenna 1994-02-27
Romeo Is Bleeding Nick Gazzara (uncredited) 1993-09-13
The Disappearance of Nora Denton 1993-03-07
A Stranger in the Mirror 1993-10-24
Another Stakeout Brian O'Hara 1993-07-22
Striking Distance Capt. Nick Detillo 1993-09-17
Street Crimes 1992-09-02
Mac Mr. Stunder 1992-09-17
We're Talkin' Serious Money Sal 1992-05-08
The American Gangster Narrator 1992-07-01
Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel Mike Cerone 1992-01-19
Perfect Crimes Armand Zaro 1991-11-08
Men of Respect Bankie Como 1990-05-04
People Like Us Elias Renthall 1990-05-13
Havana 1990-12-11
The Case of the Hillside Stranglers Angelo Buono 1989-04-02
Midnight Run Jimmy Serrano 1988-07-20
Six Against the Rock Robert Stroud 1987-05-18
Triplecross Veteran Cop, Ernie 1986-07-03
Manhunter Jack Crawford 1986-08-14
The Birthday Boy 1986-01-02
Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Freddy 1986-05-02
Code of Silence Det. Dorato 1985-05-03
Final Jeopardy Policeman #2 1985-12-08
The Killing Floor Supervisor 1984-04-10
The Impostor Detective 1984-11-08
Hard Knox 1984-08-04
Through Naked Eyes Patrolman 1983-12-11
Thief Carl 1981-03-27