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R.I.P. character actor Dennis Farina (1944-2013)

Jul. 22, 2013by:

Dennis Farina, character actor extraordinaire, has passed away at the age of 69.

An 18 year veteran of the Chicago Police, Farina got his break in show business on the Michael Mann film THIEF in 1981. From there, Farina went on to make appearances in over 75 films including the first portrayal of Jack Crawford in Mann's MANHUNTER followed by memorable roles in movies as varied as Barry Sonnenfeld's GET SHORTY, Steven Soderbergh's OUT OF SIGHT, Steven Spielberg's SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, and Guy Ritchie's SNATCH. Aside from dozens of small parts in films, Farina was also a staple on television series ranging from MIAMI VICE, CRIME STORY, LAW & ORDER, and most recently a small stint on NEW GIRL.

Farina exuded a tough guy persona inherent in his Sicilian-American roots that typecast him as the tough mobster or cop. But Farina took to these parts and gave them the gravitas they needed. He was also an adept comedic actor as you can see in both SNATCH and GET SHORTY. He will be missed by movie fans but his acting talents will remain on film for years to come.

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12:13AM on 07/24/2013
What? No more comcast commercials?
What? No more comcast commercials?
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9:49AM on 07/23/2013
A singular presence in his movies. He knew how to milk a role for all its worth (and the biggest reason I love the movie Get Shorty just as much as Leonard's book, which didn't do that much with the Barboni character). Still really want to see The Last Rites of Joe May. I'm just sorry I won't be seeing his big face (and 'stache) around in more films.
A singular presence in his movies. He knew how to milk a role for all its worth (and the biggest reason I love the movie Get Shorty just as much as Leonard's book, which didn't do that much with the Barboni character). Still really want to see The Last Rites of Joe May. I'm just sorry I won't be seeing his big face (and 'stache) around in more films.
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9:46AM on 07/23/2013
I actually just found out that I'm related to the guy. Great grandmother's nephew. Crazy. Too bad. I thought he was a cool actor.
I actually just found out that I'm related to the guy. Great grandmother's nephew. Crazy. Too bad. I thought he was a cool actor.
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10:07PM on 07/22/2013

"Shut up and sit down you big bald fuck!"

Wow R.I.P. Dennis Farina. I loved him in Snatch, among other things. Such a shame.
Wow R.I.P. Dennis Farina. I loved him in Snatch, among other things. Such a shame.
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9:13PM on 07/22/2013

"Put a pill in the bro"

So upset right now...me and my best friend consider his performance as Ray 'Bones' in Get Shorty to be a top-10 comedic performance. Every line, mannerism, and scene he is in is elevated by how great he was as that character. He was also amazing in Out of Sight (#8 on my all time list) and Snatch. He will be missed and today I would like to say "Fuck You Fuckball!".
So upset right now...me and my best friend consider his performance as Ray 'Bones' in Get Shorty to be a top-10 comedic performance. Every line, mannerism, and scene he is in is elevated by how great he was as that character. He was also amazing in Out of Sight (#8 on my all time list) and Snatch. He will be missed and today I would like to say "Fuck You Fuckball!".
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9:01PM on 07/22/2013
"Anything to declare?
"Yeah, don't go to England."
"Anything to declare?
"Yeah, don't go to England."
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8:18AM on 07/23/2013
Love that ending to Snatch
Love that ending to Snatch
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7:07PM on 07/22/2013
I'm truly sad to hear about his passing.I'm a fan of his movies and he will truly be missed.
I'm truly sad to hear about his passing.I'm a fan of his movies and he will truly be missed.
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6:24PM on 07/22/2013

R.I.P.

Damn, this sucks. He was such a charismatic and fun actor to watch on screen. His persona for each performance radiated whether it was comedic or serious. He will be missed.
Damn, this sucks. He was such a charismatic and fun actor to watch on screen. His persona for each performance radiated whether it was comedic or serious. He will be missed.
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5:46PM on 07/22/2013

R.I.P.

Jeez, what is it with these tough guys leaving us too soon? Damn shame. He was one of those great character actors that I always loved seeing pop up in movies, no matter the role. Hell of a track record, too, considering he wasn't a formally trained/professional actor. He'll definitely be missed.
Jeez, what is it with these tough guys leaving us too soon? Damn shame. He was one of those great character actors that I always loved seeing pop up in movies, no matter the role. Hell of a track record, too, considering he wasn't a formally trained/professional actor. He'll definitely be missed.
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5:24PM on 07/22/2013

Fuck you fuckball

What an amazing actor, will be sadly missed. R.I.P Dennis Farina

What an amazing actor, will be sadly missed. R.I.P Dennis Farina

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4:34PM on 07/22/2013
I'll miss Dennis Farina twice as much.

I'll miss Dennis Farina twice as much.

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4:31PM on 07/22/2013
Watching Dennis Farina steal the toilet paper from the clubhouse after getting fired in Little Big League is one of my favorite childhood moments.

Dammit Death. Lay off the great Italian actors.
Watching Dennis Farina steal the toilet paper from the clubhouse after getting fired in Little Big League is one of my favorite childhood moments.

Dammit Death. Lay off the great Italian actors.
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4:05PM on 07/22/2013

he is one of those guys

who always seemed to stand out and steal the spotlight, I always wanted him to get his turn to really star in something that would introduce him to a younger generation. Unfortunate news about a really fine actor. I will always remember him from Snatch and Midnight Run (underrated classic)
who always seemed to stand out and steal the spotlight, I always wanted him to get his turn to really star in something that would introduce him to a younger generation. Unfortunate news about a really fine actor. I will always remember him from Snatch and Midnight Run (underrated classic)
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3:50PM on 07/22/2013

Sidney, relax. Have a cream soda.

I was just quoting his lines from Midnight Run YESTERDAY. This devastates me. He will be missed.
I was just quoting his lines from Midnight Run YESTERDAY. This devastates me. He will be missed.
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3:46PM on 07/22/2013

I'm talking about Franky fucking Four Fingers!

A solid actor that would shine in any role he was given...
A solid actor that would shine in any role he was given...
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3:38PM on 07/22/2013

:(

One of the best, yet most underutilized and under appreciated character actors in recent memory. This is a big loss for people who truly love good ac ting. I kinda wanna go watch Snatch now. The movie that is. I always like watching Snatch. Giggity.
One of the best, yet most underutilized and under appreciated character actors in recent memory. This is a big loss for people who truly love good ac ting. I kinda wanna go watch Snatch now. The movie that is. I always like watching Snatch. Giggity.
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3:28PM on 07/22/2013
A very solid, dependable actor. I enjoyed pretty much everything I saw him in. Plus he resembled my dad a lot. Rest easy Mr. Farina.
A very solid, dependable actor. I enjoyed pretty much everything I saw him in. Plus he resembled my dad a lot. Rest easy Mr. Farina.
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2:52PM on 07/22/2013
I always loved viewing that second video. It is a shame that Mr. Farina died. Since I was a kid I always remembered seeing him in some of my favorite films: Little Big League, Snatch, Saving Private Ryan, and many more. RIP
I always loved viewing that second video. It is a shame that Mr. Farina died. Since I was a kid I always remembered seeing him in some of my favorite films: Little Big League, Snatch, Saving Private Ryan, and many more. RIP
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2:50PM on 07/22/2013

Get Shorty

Love the scene where he comes out of the airport pissed and just starts snapping his fingers like a maniac for the limo driver to pull up an extra 10 feet. The guy was hilarious and such a great talenthe just had screen presence you know, like when the camera was on him you were on him too. A lot of A-list "stars" don't have that kind of magnitude
Love the scene where he comes out of the airport pissed and just starts snapping his fingers like a maniac for the limo driver to pull up an extra 10 feet. The guy was hilarious and such a great talenthe just had screen presence you know, like when the camera was on him you were on him too. A lot of A-list "stars" don't have that kind of magnitude
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2:47PM on 07/22/2013
Goodbye to a wonderful actor.
Goodbye to a wonderful actor.
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2:47PM on 07/22/2013
How sad. Such terrible news. Always enjoyed his work.

RIP.
How sad. Such terrible news. Always enjoyed his work.

RIP.
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2:42PM on 07/22/2013

R.I.P.

WTF, man!? I just saw him in a commercial yesterday. This actually hurts, I'm mean this just really ruins an already terrible day. He was awesome, period!
WTF, man!? I just saw him in a commercial yesterday. This actually hurts, I'm mean this just really ruins an already terrible day. He was awesome, period!
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2:38PM on 07/22/2013

RIP

Cousin Avi! [link]! :(
Cousin Avi! [link]! :(
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2:17PM on 07/22/2013

rip

Looks like ill be watching snatch tonight. One of my top movies.
Looks like ill be watching snatch tonight. One of my top movies.
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2:04PM on 07/22/2013

Sad news indeed.

"They say the fucking smog is the fucking reason you have such beautiful fucking sunsets."

RIP
"They say the fucking smog is the fucking reason you have such beautiful fucking sunsets."

RIP
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1:58PM on 07/22/2013

ah man

RIP, truly. sad news. loved this guy.
RIP, truly. sad news. loved this guy.
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1:57PM on 07/22/2013
Damn. Very unexpected. Loved this guy's performances for years. I still say he's the best Jack Crawford. One of his best comedic performances is in the overlooked Dave Barry book adaptation Big Trouble. He steals the show. Check it out if you've never seen it. And of course Midnight Run and his years on Law & Order... damn. He'll be missed.
Damn. Very unexpected. Loved this guy's performances for years. I still say he's the best Jack Crawford. One of his best comedic performances is in the overlooked Dave Barry book adaptation Big Trouble. He steals the show. Check it out if you've never seen it. And of course Midnight Run and his years on Law & Order... damn. He'll be missed.
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1:54PM on 07/22/2013

Not good

Loved him in everything I saw with him in it. RIP
Loved him in everything I saw with him in it. RIP
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