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Dennis Farina

Actor Dennis Farina, a onetime Chicago police officer who played Detective Joe Fontana on the television show “Law & Order,” died on Monday. He was 69.

After getting his break in 1981, starring in “Thief,” directed by Michael Mann, Farina went on to appear in other films including “Get Shorty,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Midnight Run” and “Out Of Sight.”

He is survived by three sons, six grandchildren and his longtime partner, Marianne Cahill.

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