'Snatch' & 'Get Shorty' Star Dennis Farina Has Passed Away at 69
Though there are plenty of A-list actors out there leading some of today's biggest films, there are plenty of memorable performances coming from character actors like Snatch and Get Shorty star Dennis Farina. And sadly, this supporting talent has left us as the Associated Press reports Farina has passed away at 69, though the cause of death has not been revealed. Before becoming an accomplished actor, Farina worked as a city detective in Chicago, so it only seemed appropriate that he would get his big break in his late 30s as a police officer on the TV series "Crime Story." Though his acting career really began in 1981. More below.
Back in Chicago, Farina took a role in the film Thief from director Michael Mann. And much like many successes in Hollywood, the job came from the right connection. Farina has met Mann through a mutual friend while working at the police department. It wasn't a star-making turn, but Farina was hooked, telling the AP back in 2004, "I remember going to the set that day and being intrigued by the whole thing. I liked it. And everybody was extremely nice to me. If the people were rude and didn't treat me right, things could have gone the other way."
But his career wouldn't truly take off until the aforementioned 80s TV series role which was followed by his revered turn as a criminal boss in Midnight Run with Robert De Niro. Fans might be more familiar with the tough guy attitude of Farina with films like Snatch, Get Shorty, Another Stakeout, Reindeer Games and Out of Sight. His penchant for those roles even came through in comedies like Eddie and Little Big League. But he also took less caricatured roles in films like Saving Private Ryan and That Old Feeling, and stage roles in productions of Bleacher Bums and Streamers.
More recently, Farina had taken to television with several seasons on "Law & Order," and the single season of HBO's canceled series "Luck." Farina also made a hilarious guest appearance as Zooey Deschanel's father on a couple episodes of the Fox comedy series "New Girl." As for his final piece of work, there are two films on the way called Authors Anonymous and another comedy called Lucky Stiff, an adaptation of the stage musical about a bachelor who travels to Monte Carlo to claim an inheritance from his late rich uncle. Farina was truly a beast of a character actor, and he will be missed. Rest in peace.