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Chicago Police Officer Turned Actor Dennis Farina Dies

The Chicago Police Department is remembering character actor Dennis Farina for his 18 years with the department as well as his acting career.

Farina died Monday in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69. His publicist, Lori De Waal, announced his death.
 
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy released a statement Monday calling Farina "a legendary character actor'' and "a true-blue Chicago character.''

McCarthy says Farina "never forgot where he came from.'' And the police superintendent says Farina may be cherished worldwide, but "he will always be first and foremost a guy from the Near North Side who helped make this city
safer.''

Farina turned to acting in his late 30s and appeared in movies like "Midnight Run", and on the TV shows "Law & Order'' and "Crime Story,'' among others.

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