Dennis Farina dies aged 69

Dennis-Farina Dennis Farina, a former Chicago policeman who turned actor, died in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday, after developing a fatal blood clot in his lung. He was 69.

After serving in the army, Farina went on to spend 18 years in the Chicago Police Department’s burglary division, from 1967 to 1985. Farina first gained work as an actor in Michael Mann’s 1981 film Thief and began to moonlight as an actor before handing in his badge in 1985.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great actor and a wonderful man,” said his publicist, Lori De Waal, in a statement Monday.

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