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Dennis Farina is a Actor American born on 29 february 1944 at Chicago (USA)

Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina
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Nationality USA
Birth 29 february 1944 at Chicago (USA)
Death 22 july 2013 (at 69 years) at Scottsdale (USA)

Dennis Farina (February 29, 1944 – July 22, 2013) was an American actor of film and television and former Chicago police officer. He was a character actor, often typecast as a mobster or police officer. His most known film roles are those of mobster Jimmy Serrano in the comedy Midnight Run and Ray "Bones" Barboni in Get Shorty. He starred on television as Lieutenant Mike Torello on Crime Story and as NYPD Detective Joe Fontana on Law & Order. He also hosted and narrated a revived version of Unsolved Mysteries. His last major television role was in HBO's Luck, which premiered on January 29, 2012.

Biography

Farina was married to Patricia Farina from 1970 until their divorce in 1980. They have three sons together: Dennis Jr, Michael and Joseph. His youngest son, Joseph, is also an actor. He has two granddaughters, Brianna and Olivia, and four grandsons: Michael, Tyler, Matthew and Eric. He lived with his longtime girlfriend Marianne Cahill in Chicago and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Farina was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and played in this role in a 1988 revival of the successful 1977 Organic Theater Company stage play Bleacher Bums, which was written by and starred fellow Chicago actors Joe Mantegna and Dennis Franz.


Arrest
Farina was arrested on May 11, 2008, for carrying a loaded .22 caliber pistol through Los Angeles International Airport security. Farina was taken to the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division and booked on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon, and bail was set at $25,000. He claimed he had simply forgotten the weapon was still in his briefcase and had never intended to take it on a plane. After police determined the weapon was unregistered, the charges were upgraded to a felony and bail was increased to $35,000.

On July 17, 2008, after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors, Farina pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two years' probation.


Death
Farina died on July 22, 2013, in a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona after suffering a pulmonary embolism. Farina is buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

Best films

What Happens in Vegas (2008)
(Actor)
Get Shorty (1995)
(Actor)
Out of Sight (1998)
(Actor)
Striking Distance (1993)
(Actor)

Usually with

Edward Burns
Edward Burns
(3 films)
Michael Mann
Michael Mann
(2 films)
Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Dennis Farina (41 films)

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Actor

Authors Anonymous, 1h32
Directed by Ellie Kanner
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about writers
Actors Kaley Cuoco, Tricia Helfer, Jonathan Banks, Jonathan Bennett, Chris Klein, Theresa Polo
Roles John K. Butzin
Rating43% 2.1580452.1580452.1580452.1580452.158045
Quand un groupe d’écrivains non publiés acceptent Hannah dans leur club, la dernière chose qu'ils attendent, c'est son succès à venir.
Knucklehead, 1h31
Directed by Michael Watkins
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies
Actors Mark Feuerstein, Melora Hardin, Dennis Farina, Wendie Malick, Lurie Poston, Rebecca Creskoff
Roles Memphis Earl
Rating53% 2.6530552.6530552.6530552.6530552.653055
Walter Krunk is a 35-year-old orphan who has lived in an orphanage since childhood because he never was adopted but has made a friendship with a fellow video game addicted orphan named Henry. during a play of the Wizard of Oz Walter ruins the set during the opening due swinging around from his harness he was hooked to. meanwhile retired MMA fighter Eddie Sullivan is training a fellow fighter for a tournament in New Orleans with a $100,000 to the winner, fellow rival Memphis Earl has also trained a bigger, scarier fighter for the tournament, both of their trainees have a short match but Eddie's fighter is easily knocked out with one punch. Earl threatens Eddie saying that if he doesn't find a new fighter they'll beat him down bad. One day Walter is cooking with Henry when Walter suddenly go's to the bathroom and tells Henry to watch the food, Henry is distracted by a game and doesn't see that the food has started a fire, the fire department manages to put the fire out but it leaves the kitchen destroyed. a local law enforcement States that without a working kitchen the orphanage will close down and the kids will be put in foster homes unless they can get enough money to fix the kitchen in one 10 days. Eddie enters a church and asks god to let him find a good fighter in time for the tournament, the owner of the orphanage is scolding Walter for causing the fire but makes him fall into the church and Eddie decides to train to be his fighter. after watching his video advertisement they are reluctant since Walter is not much of a fighter but the owner agrees due to that it's their only option and agree but they threaten Eddie that if he runs away with the money they'll hurt him bad, so she makes Mary Alice go with them and persuades Walter with saying what happens to the other orphans and set off for matches around the nearby city's and States in the orphanage school bus. The first match is in Jefferson city at a church, Eddie decides to tape and upload the match highlights for internet fan buzz, during the match Walter doesn't show much of a fight and is easily dominated but manages to win when he falls on his opponent making him submit. meanwhile Memphis Earl and Redrum go to the gym and want to see Eddie but his father tells them that he isn't there and got a new fighter, they want to know who it is but he refused to tell them even after intimidating him. That night at a motel Mary and Walter have a talk about the situation with the choice to fight, Mary doesn't want it to go but Walter changes her mind by saying that he's on the road for the first time in his life and that he's doing something important to himself. meanwhile Earl and Redrum have found the group at the motel and threaten Eddie to stay away from New Orleans. The next day driving to the next match the bus engine starts smoking causing the bus to crash into a pole and eventually explodes, Eddie, Mary and Walter escape unharmed. Walking on the road with only $200 Mary manages to get a truck driver to take them to the next match, the next fight is at a kids house where he hosts fights in his backyard and pays the fighters with the attendance money from other kids. While Eddie gives Walter a pep talk to get him riled up the kids dad notices the fights and goes on a rampage telling everyone to get out of his yard, Walter runs into the backyard and tackles the dad into the fence thinking he was his opponent. Eddie calls his dad who got injured because of Earl and Redrum and tells him to enter the tournament and win to avenge him, Mary takes them to a trailer park where her friend Tina lives, they tell her of the situation and remembers that at a nearby carnival there was a sign that offered anyone to fight a grizzly bear with a $500 prize and gives Walter a new look (shaving his head and giving tattoo's), and falls in love with Tina. Walter manages to win with a choke hold and is given the nickname "the Bear Basher". Later that night while riding a bus Walter has a serious gas attack that leads to the group being kicked off the bus, meanwhile Memphis Earl has found that Walter is a serious threat and might win the tournament so he decides to adopt Henry and hold him hostage but the owner refuses to let him adopt even after he promises a good life for him. The group walks to a gas station and Eddie goes in to ask for directions to a rental car company, a motorcycle gang shows up and starts messing around with Mary, Eddie attempts to help but is outnumbered by them, Walter comes and fights them off, Eddie goes in to get the security footage and continue their journey on one of the gangs motorcycle's. During a camp out Mary and Walter ask Eddie why he retired from fighting and then make jokes saying a was a testicular injury, threw out the journey Walter wins more fights earning more money while Eddie teaches Mary and Walter more fighting moves. During another camp out Eddie and Mary start having feelings for each other. Finally arriving in New Orleans Eddie checks the group in to a luxury hotel, plans a pre-fight celebration for a night on the town and buys Mary a dress and Walter a tuxedo. At the restaurant Eddie tells Walter to not stair but Eddie does when Mary walks in, some girls invite Walter to dance but Mary stays at their table. Mary gets drunk from drinking Eddie's drink and confronts the Waitress when she sees her talking to Eddie which results into a fight ending with Mary knocking out the Waitress with a spinning heel kick. The following day while Walter is preparing for the tournament at the hotel Tina shows up giving a pair of shorts that she made for him. During the sign in Mary calls the owner saying that the trip is almost over but after the call ended a fellow worker informed the owner that they couldn't find Henry. The man who is in charge of the sign in says that Eddie didn't pre register so Walter can't compete, Mary tells everyone who Walter is so they get in to the tournament. Both Walter and Redrum make it to the finals, backstage Eddie's dad shows up not wanting to miss the main event, Eddie not sure if Walter will win asks his dad to make sure that the money they made on the road makes to the orphanage. Memphis Earl reveals to Mary in the Girls bathroom why Eddie retired, it was because he was banned from fighting for life for taking a dive in a title fight and that he only cares about himself and probably betting against Walter now. When she confronts Eddie, before he can explain the situation the orphanage workers reveal that Memphis Earl has kidnapped Henry and is holding hostage unless Walter takes a dive in the fight, Eddie plans to have the match stalled while the workers look for Henry knowing that Earl won't leave with Redrum in the ring. During the fight Earl shows up with Henry to distract Walter but this makes him angry enough to win the fight by Submission and Memphis Earl is arrested for kidnapping. during the celebration Eddie's dad reveals that he bet the $4,000 on Walter to win and got $80,000 for the orphanage, Eddie and Mary kiss to end the scene. Walter is then filling a moving truck for his new apartment, he notices Henry looking upset and Henry tells him its because he's moving and he's not, Walter tells that he's going to adopt Henry and wouldn't leave him behind, they hug to end the movie.
Bottle Shock, 1h50
Directed by Randall Miller
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Alan Rickman, Chris Pine, Bill Pullman, Rachael Taylor, Freddy Rodríguez, Eliza Dushku
Roles Maurice Cantavale
Rating67% 3.3983253.3983253.3983253.3983253.398325
Sommelier and wine shop owner Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman), a British expatriate living in Paris, is concerned with how to save his business in his daily conversation with Maurice (Dennis Farina), a wine lover from Milwaukee who is Spurrier's regular (sometimes only) customer. He concocts a plan to hold a blind taste-test intended to introduce Parisians to the quality wines coming from elsewhere in the world.
What Happens in Vegas, 1h40
Directed by Tom Vaughan
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher, Rob Corddry, Dennis Farina, Lake Bell, Queen Latifah
Roles Richard Banger
Rating60% 3.0494353.0494353.0494353.0494353.049435
In New York City, high-strung equity trader Joy Ellis McNally (Cameron Diaz) is dumped by her fiancé at a surprise birthday party she throws for him. At the same time, easy-going carpenter Jack Fuller (Ashton Kutcher) is fired from his job by his father, Jack, Sr. (Treat Williams). Both become emotionally distraught and, with best friends Toni "Tipper" (Lake Bell), a bartender, and Jeff "Hater" (Rob Corddry), a lawyer, take a debauched trip to Las Vegas.
You Kill Me, 1h33
Directed by John Dahl
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime, Romance
Themes Films about alcoholism, Mafia films, Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Gangster films
Actors Ben Kingsley, Téa Leoni, Bill Pullman, Luke Wilson, Dennis Farina, Philip Baker Hall
Roles Edward O'Leary
Rating64% 3.249163.249163.249163.249163.24916
Frank Falenczyk (Ben Kingsley) is a hit man for his Polish mob family in Buffalo, New York. He has a drinking problem, and when he messes up a critical assignment that puts the family business in peril, his uncle Roman Krzeminski (Philip Baker Hall), head of the family, sends him to San Francisco to clean up his act. He is forced to accept a job at a mortuary, and go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, where he confesses his job, explaining that he wants to be free of his drinking problem because it's affecting his ability to kill effectively. He falls in love with Laurel Pearson (Téa Leoni), a quirky client he meets at the funeral home. Meanwhile, an upstart Irish mob threatens the family snow-plowing business. When violence erupts, Frank returns home to face the old rivals on new terms. With assistance from Laurel, he manages to suppress his family's adversaries, killing the mob's leader and disbanding the Irish posse.
Purple Violets, 1h41
Directed by Edward Burns
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films about writers
Actors Selma Blair, Patrick Wilson, Edward Burns, Debra Messing, Dennis Farina, Elizabeth Reaser
Roles Gilmore
Rating64% 3.2477453.2477453.2477453.2477453.247745
Patti Petalson est à l'aube de devenir la plus grande romanicère américaine...
Bag Boy
Bag Boy (2007)
, 1h34
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Dennis Farina, Paul Campbell, Marika Dominczyk, Brooke Shields, Larry Miller, Robert Hoffman
Roles Marty Engstrom
Rating45% 2.2653052.2653052.2653052.2653052.265305
Un adolescent entre dans le monde sans merci de l'ensachage des courses.
The Grand
The Grand (2007)
, 1h44
Directed by Zak Penn
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Documentary
Themes Jeu, Poker
Actors Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines, David Cross, Mike Epps, Chris Parnell, Richard Kind
Roles L.B.J. Deuce Fairbanks
Rating60% 3.000393.000393.000393.000393.00039
Jack Faro (Harrelson) is a recovering drug addict who had so many relapses, he decided to move into rehab and just live there. Having been married 75 times, he is a serial husband and is always on the lookout for number 76. (He hits on a bartender who informs him that they had already been married, even though he has no idea who she is.). He enters The Grand: a huge Texas Hold 'Em poker tournament in Las Vegas created by his grandfather Lucky Faro (Barry Corbin). His main motivation is to win the $10 million prize to cover a loan he got to keep open his family's casino, The Rabbit's Foot, which his grandfather left him when he died and that he has mismanaged into the ground.
Empire Falls (TV miniseries), 4h
Directed by Fred Schepisi
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Ed Harris, Helen Hunt, Paul Newman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joanne Woodward, Robin Wright
Rating75% 3.752553.752553.752553.752553.75255
Set in the small, decaying, and nearly bankrupt town of Empire Falls, Maine, this is the story of Miles Roby, the unassuming manager of the Empire Grill, who has spent his entire life in the town.
Paparazzi
Paparazzi (2004)
, 1h24
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Actors Cole Hauser, Robin Tunney, Tom Sizemore, Daniel Baldwin, Dennis Farina, Kevin Gage
Roles Detective Burton
Rating57% 2.899662.899662.899662.899662.89966
Bo Laramie (Cole Hauser) is a rising movie star who has finally achieved major success with his latest film.
Big Trouble, 1h25
Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Ben Foster, Patrick Warburton, Tom Sizemore, Dennis Farina
Roles Henry Desalvo
Rating64% 3.2487853.2487853.2487853.2487853.248785
In a high-school game of "Killer" (in which a student must shoot another with a squirt gun), Matt Arnold has to "kill" classmate Jenny Herk, and decides to sneak up on her at home. By coincidence, hitmen are also there to assassinate Arthur Herk, who has secretly embezzled money from his company, Penultra Corp. When the fake assassination attempt crosses paths with the real one, police officers Monica Romero and Walter Kramitz are called out to the resulting disturbance. During the chaos of the assassination attempts, Matt's friend, Andrew, called Eliot Arnold, Matt's father. Upon arriving to pick up Matt from the Herk's, Eliot immediately feels a mutual attraction to Anne Herk, Jenny's mother, as Matt and Jenny begin to feel attracted to each other as well. The Herk's housemaid, Nina, meanwhile, falls in love with a young homeless man named Puggy, who lives in a tree on their property, after she runs from the shootings and he saves her from the hitmen.
Stealing Harvard, 1h25
Directed by Bruce McCulloch
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action
Actors Jason Lee, Tom Green, Leslie Mann, Dennis Farina, Richard Jenkins, John C. McGinley
Roles Mr. Warner
Rating51% 2.5503152.5503152.5503152.5503152.550315
John Plummer (Jason Lee) is engaged to Elaine Warner (Leslie Mann), and intends to use his life savings of $30,000 to put a down payment on a house. He works for Elaine's father, Mr. Warner (Dennis Farina), who already considers John unworthy of his daughter. Simultaneously, John's niece Noreen (Tammy Blanchard), daughter of John's sister, Patty (Megan Mullally), is accepted to Harvard University, but needs an additional $30,000 on top of her grants and scholarships. Noreen shows John an old videotape where he promised to pay for Noreen's college. John now has a moral and financial dilemma – disappoint his fiancée or disappoint his niece and take away her only chance to escape from poverty.
Sidewalks of New York, 1h48
Directed by Edward Burns
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors Edward Burns, Rosario Dawson, Dennis Farina, Heather Graham, David Krumholtz, Brittany Murphy
Roles Carpo
Rating63% 3.1992253.1992253.1992253.1992253.199225
The circle begins with Tommy Reilly, a onetime wannabe writer who became the producer of a weekly television entertainment news show by design rather than choice, and has stayed with it for the money rather than any professional satisfaction. Dumped by his live-in girlfriend without warning, he temporarily moves in with colleague Carpo, an aging Lothario ready to offer unlimited — and useless — romantic advice.
Snatch
Snatch (2000)
, 1h44
Directed by Guy Ritchie
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Mob film, Crime
Themes Sports films, Boxing films, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Benicio del Toro, Dennis Farina, Stephen Graham, Brad Pitt, Rade Šerbedžija, Alan Ford
Roles Abraham 'Cousin Avi' Denovitz
Rating82% 4.148244.148244.148244.148244.14824
After stealing an 86-carat (17.2 g) diamond in a heist in Antwerp, Franky "Four-Fingers" goes to London to deliver it to diamond dealer Doug "The Head" on behalf of New York jeweller "Cousin Avi". One of the other robbers advises Franky to obtain a gun from ex-KGB agent Boris "The Blade". Unbeknownst to Franky, Boris and the robber are brothers and plan to steal the diamond from him before he can turn it over to Doug.