Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina

  • Born on
    • February 29th, 1944
  • Died on
    • July 22nd, 2013
​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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Acting (41 Credits)

2014Authors Anonymous as John K. ButzinWatch Free
2014Lucky Stiff as LuigiWatch Free
2011The Last Rites of Joe May as Joe MayWatch Free
2010Knucklehead as Memphis Earl
2008Bottle Shock as Maurice Cantavale
2008What Happens in Vegas as Richard Banger
2007Bagboy as Marty Engstrom
2007The Grand as L.B.J. Deuce Fairbanks
2007You Kill Me as Edward O'Leary
2007Purple Violets as Gilmore
2005Empire Falls as Walt Comeau
2004Paparazzi as Detective Burton
2002Stealing Harvard as Mr. Warner
2002Big Trouble as Henry Desalvo
2001Sidewalks of New York as Carpo
2000Bad Seed as Dick Muller
2000Snatch as Cousin Avi
2000Reindeer Games as Jack Banks
1999The Mod Squad as Captain Adam Greer
1998Out of Sight as Marshall Sisco
1998Saving Private Ryan as Lieutenant Colonel Walter Anderson
1997That Old Feeling as Dan De Mora
1997Bella Mafia as Don Roberto Luciano
1996Eddie as John Bailey
1995Get Shorty as Ray 'Bones' Barboni
1994Little Big League as George O'Farrell
1993Striking Distance as Capt. Nick Detillo
1993Another Stakeout as Brian O'Hara
1993Romeo Is Bleeding as Nick Gazzara (uncredited)
1992Mac as Mr. Stunder
1990Men of Respect as Bankie Como
1989The Case of the Hillside Stranglers as Angelo Buono
1988Midnight Run as Jimmy Serrano
1987Unsolved MysteriesWatch Free
1986Manhunter as Jack Crawford
1986Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling as Freddy
1986Crime Story as Lt. Mike Torello
1985Code of Silence as Det. Dorato
1981Thief as Carl


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