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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.

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Feb 29, 1944 In Chicago, Illinois, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1962-10-01
Latest Project:
Movie Lucky Stiff 2014-10-08
Known For
Poster of Snatch
Poster of Reindeer Games
Poster of Saving Private Ryan
Poster of Out of Sight
Movie Lucky Stiff Luigi 2014-10-08
Movie Authors Anonymous John K. Butzin 2014-04-18
Series Luck 2012-01-29
Movie The Last Rites of Joe May Joe May 2011-10-28
Movie Knucklehead Memphis Earl 2010-10-22
Movie What Happens in Vegas Richard Banger 2008-05-07
Movie Bottle Shock Maurice Cantavale 2008-09-05
Movie You Kill Me Edward O'Leary 2007-02-09
Movie Purple Violets Gilmore 2007-04-30
Movie Bag Boy Marty Engstrom 2007-09-14
Movie The Grand L.B.J. Deuce Fairbanks 2007-06-07
Movie Wait 'Til Next Year: The Saga of the Chicago Cubs Narrator 2006-09-26
Movie The Making of 'Heat' Self 2005-02-22
Series Law & Order: Trial by Jury Unknown 2005-03-03
Series Empire Falls Walt Comeau 2005-05-28
Series Justice League Unlimited Theodore "Ted" Grant / Wildcat 2004-07-31
Movie This Old Cub Himself 2004-08-25
Movie Paparazzi Detective Burton 2004-09-03
Movie Big Trouble Henry Desalvo 2002-04-05
Movie Stealing Harvard Mr. Warner 2002-09-13
Series In-Laws Victor Pellet 2002-09-24
Movie Making 'Snatch' Himself 2001-07-03
Series Dinner for Five Unknown 2001-07-06
Movie Sidewalks of New York Carpo 2001-11-23
Movie Reindeer Games Jack Banks 2000-02-25
Movie Snatch Cousin Avi 2000-09-01
Movie Bad Seed Dick Muller 2000-06-06
Movie The Mod Squad Captain Adam Greer 1999-03-26
Series The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Unknown 1999-03-30
Movie Out of Sight Marshall Sisco 1998-06-26
Series Buddy Faro Buddy Faro 1998-09-25
Movie Saving Private Ryan Lieutenant Colonel Walter Anderson 1998-07-24
Movie That Old Feeling Dan De Mora 1997-04-04
Movie Bella Mafia Don Roberto Luciano 1997-11-16
Movie Eddie John Bailey 1996-05-31
Movie Bonanza: Under Attack Charley Siringo 1995-01-15
Movie Out of Annie's Past Charlie Ingle 1995-03-08
Movie Get Shorty Ray 'Bones' Barboni 1995-10-20
Movie The Corpse Had a Familiar Face Detective Harry Lindstrom 1994-03-27
Movie Little Big League George O'Farrell 1994-06-29
Movie The Disappearance of Nora Denton 1993-03-07
Movie A Stranger in the Mirror 1993-10-24
Movie Another Stakeout Brian O'Hara 1993-07-22
Movie Romeo Is Bleeding Nick Gazzara (uncredited) 1993-09-13
Movie Striking Distance Capt. Nick Detillo 1993-09-17
Movie We're Talkin' Serious Money Sal 1992-05-08
Movie Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel Mike Cerone 1992-01-19
Movie Mac Mr. Stunder 1992-09-17
Series Cruel Doubt Tom Brereton 1992-05-17
Movie Men Of Respect Bankie Como 1991-01-18
Movie People Like Us Elias Renthall 1990-05-13
Series Blind Faith Prosecutor Kelly 1990-02-11
Series Law & Order Detective Joe Fontana 1990-09-13
Movie Havana Joe Volpe's Assistant (uncredited) 1990-12-11
Movie The Case of the Hillside Stranglers Angelo Buono 1989-04-02
Series Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
Movie Midnight Run Jimmy Serrano 1988-07-20
Series China Beach Unknown 1988-04-26
Series Unsolved Mysteries Host 1988-10-05
Movie Six Against the Rock Robert Stroud 1987-05-18
Movie The Birthday Boy 1986-01-02
Movie Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Freddy 1986-05-02
Movie Manhunter Jack Crawford 1986-08-14
Movie Triplecross Veteran Cop, Ernie 1986-07-03
Series Crime Story Lt. Mike Torello 1986-09-19
Movie Code of Silence Det. Dorato 1985-05-03
Series Lady Blue Unknown 1985-04-15
Movie Final Jeopardy Policeman #2 1985-12-08
Movie Hard Knox 1984-08-04
Series Miami Vice 1984-09-16
Movie The Killing Floor Supervisor 1984-04-10
Movie The Impostor Detective 1984-11-08
Series Hunter Unknown 1984-09-18
Series Hardcastle and McCormick Unknown 1983-09-18
Movie Through Naked Eyes Patrolman 1983-12-11
Series Remington Steele Unknown 1982-10-01
Movie Thief Carl 1981-03-27
Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01