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Dennis Farina as Detective Joe Fontana in Law & Order
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Dennis Farina as Detective Joe Fontana in Law & Order

Donaldo Guglielmo "Dennis" Farina (born February 29, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Italian-American film and television actor, starring since 2004 as Detective Joe Fontana on NBC's Law & Order. He is a character actor, often typecast as a mobster or police officer—the latter an appropriate choice, as Farina was an officer of the Chicago Police Department serving from 1967 to 1985. When Farina quit the force, he was a detective. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Law & Order is an American televison police procedural and legal drama set in New York City. ... February 29 is the 60th day of a leap year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 306 days remaining. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Official website: http://egov. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... It has been designated the: International Year of Rice (by the United Nations) International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition (by UNESCO) 2004 World Health Day topic was Road Safety (by World Health Organization) Year of the Monkey (by the Chinese calendar) See the world in... NBC, formerly called the National Broadcasting Company, is an American television broadcasting company based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Law & Order is an American televison police procedural and legal drama set in New York City. ... A character actor is an actor who predominantly performs supporting parts, often in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ... Typecasting is the process by which an actor is strongly identified with a role or genre. ... Mobster is a slang term for a person who participates in organized crime, which is known as belonging to the Mob. In western stories and movies, cowboys as mobsters are known as outlaws. ... The Chicago Police Department, also known as the CPD, is the principal law enforcement agency of Chicago, Illinois, under the jurisdiction of the mayor of Chicago. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... This article is about the year. ...


Farina was born in Chicago to a large Italian family and had two brothers and three sisters. He is father of three sons, Dennis, Joseph and Michael, from his first marriage. Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Official website: http://egov. ...


Farina actually got his start working for director Michael Mann as a police consultant on his early works, which led to an interest in acting when Mann cast him in a small role. Farina proceeded to moonlight as an actor in the Chicago theater scene before Mann chose him for his Crime Story series. Michael Mann Michael Kenneth Mann (born February 5, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. ... Crime Story was an NBC TV series produced by Michael Mann that ran for 2 seasons, starting in 1986 and ending in 1988. ...


Other movies in Farina's filmography include Manhunter, Midnight Run, Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Saving Private Ryan, Big Trouble, Snatch, and The Mod Squad. Manhunter (1986; see also 1986 in film) is a film based on Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon. ... For the Konami Arcade Racing game, see Midnight Run (video game). ... European book cover Get Shorty is a novel by American novelist Elmore Leonard, first published in 1990, and a movie adaptation of the same name, released in 1995. ... Out of Sight is a 1998 movie directed by Steven Soderbergh. ... Saving Private Ryan is a 1998 Academy Award winning film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat. ... Big Trouble (2002) is a film based on the novel Big Trouble by Dave Barry. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to: Snatch (movie) Snatch is a film by British writer-director Guy Ritchie. ... The Mod Squad is a 1999 film directed by Scott Silver. ...


Trivia

  • His role on Crime Story was as a Chicago police officer. Prior to becoming an actor, he was a member of the Chicago Police Department. Farina's current Law & Order character, Joe Fontana, worked for Chicago Homicide before his transfer to the NYPD. As is common on Law & Order, Fontana shares a number of other characteristics with the actor who plays him: they hail from the same Chicago neighborhood, attended the same parochial school, and have the same tastes in both clothes and music (Dean Martin).
  • In his first episode of Law & Order, his partner Detective Ed Green (Jesse L. Martin) says that when he first saw Farina's character, he "didn't know if he was a cop or a wise guy." This was a joking reference to Farina's having played mobsters so many times.
  • One of his most well-known movie characters is Jimmy Serrano, the mob boss from Midnight Run.
Dennis Farina, center, with Crime Story co stars Steve Ryan and Bill Smitrovich
Dennis Farina, center, with Crime Story co stars Steve Ryan and Bill Smitrovich

Crime Story was an NBC TV series produced by Michael Mann that ran for 2 seasons, starting in 1986 and ending in 1988. ... Law & Order is an American televison police procedural and legal drama set in New York City. ... Detective Joe Fontana Joe Fontana is a fictional character portrayed by Dennis Farina on NBCs long running drama series Law & Order. ... Dean Martin (June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an Italian-American singer and film actor. ... Manhunter (1986; see also 1986 in film) is a film based on Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon. ... Jack Crawford is a supporting character appearing in the Hannibal Lecter series of books by Thomas Harris, in which he is in charge of the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI in Quantico, Virginia. ... In film, a remake is a newer version of a previously released film or a newer version of the source (play, novel, story, etc. ... The Red Dragon is the national flag of Wales. ... Harvey Keitel in Clockers Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor. ... Jack Crawford is a supporting character appearing in the Hannibal Lecter series of books by Thomas Harris, in which he is in charge of the Behavioral Science Unit of the FBI in Quantico, Virginia. ... European book cover Get Shorty is a novel by American novelist Elmore Leonard, first published in 1990, and a movie adaptation of the same name, released in 1995. ... Harvey Keitel in Clockers Harvey Keitel (born May 13, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor. ... Law & Order is an American televison police procedural and legal drama set in New York City. ... Detective Ed Green Detective Ed Green is a fictional character on the NBC crime drama Law & Order, portrayed by Jesse L. Martin. ... Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green in Law & Order Jesse Lamont Martin (born Jesse Lamont Watkins on January 18, 1969) is an American actor in television and film, most famous for his role as Detective Ed Green in Law & Order. ... For the Konami Arcade Racing game, see Midnight Run (video game). ... Image File history File links Smitrovich. ... Image File history File links Smitrovich. ... Crime Story was an NBC TV series produced by Michael Mann that ran for 2 seasons, starting in 1986 and ending in 1988. ... Steve Ryan AS J. Walter Weatherman on Arrested Development. ... Bill Smitrovich (b. ...

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