Actor Dennis Farina died last week. If you don’t recognize the name, then you surely recognize his face and his distinctive voice, a Chicago accent that stood out in Hollywood movies. Before becoming an actor, Farina served for 18 years on the Chicago Police Department. In 1981, he was hired as a police consultant for the Michael Man film, Thief. The small role he played in the movie sparked a new direction in Farina’s career. He began performing in Chicago theater productions and eventually quit the police force to concentrate on acting full time. His skill as both a dramatic and a comedic actor provided him with steady work and brought him into the highest tiers of character actors. Governor Pat Quinn has named today "Dennis Farina Day in Illinois."
To celebrate his life, take a look at the list of Farina's movies available to reserve from the Library. Or, just check out one of my favorites listed below.
Farina's family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the 100 Club of Chicago, an organization that provides assistance to the families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost their lives in the line-of-duty.