Nightly News   |  July 22, 2013

Dennis Farina, ‘Law & Order’ actor, dies at 69

The former police officer worked as a cop in Chicago for nearly two decades before becoming an actor. Dennis Farina died in Arizona of a blood clot in his lungs. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>> the great dennis far ryan nah, telling captain miller, as played by tom hanks that he has a tough new assignment for him regarding young gi named ryan. dennis farina died today. it he was also, of course, detective joe fontana on " law & order ." he was magnificent in "get shorty" and "midnight run." farina retained the rich chicago accent of his previous life. avenues chicago city cop for 20 years before his acting career took off. he sure elevated some four-letter word combinations to a high art form. he died of a blood clot in his lung. dennis farina was 69 years old.