Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina

His role in 'Get Shorty' (1995)
A Chicago cop for 18 years before turning to acting, Dennis Farina often plays the quintessential bad guy, a character he came up against plenty of times in real life. Bette Midler adores him and had him play her ex-husband in That Old Feeling. Whoopi Goldberg was his fan in Eddie, in which he played a basketball coach. So how did he go from policeman to leading man?"I met a director in Chicago named Michael Mann through a mutual friend. He put me in a movie called Thief and up to that point I had never acted before. I started meeting people in the acting industry in Chicago -- Joe Mantegna, Dennis Franz ... I started doing some plays here and there, and here I am."Evidently, nobody says the F-word with as much feeling as Farina, according to Barry Sonnenfeld, who directed him in Get Shorty. And nobody can bring out the firemen as fast. Farina loves cigars and lit up with a buddy on a golf course. Within minutes, helicopters were ready to drop water bombs on them as they played the fifth hole.He starred in his own series, the CBS crime drama Buddy Faro about a private investigator in which he played the title role, but it lasted only one season. From 2002 to 2003, he landed a regular role on the NBC-TV sitcom, In-Laws.Married for 10 years, he has three sons with his ex-wife.Source: tribute.ca 
There's a whole catalogue of actors that never went to acting school.More Dennis Farina quotes [10/29/2006 12:10:00]
I think all actors are supposed to be character actors.More Dennis Farina quotes [10/29/2006 12:10:00]
When I was a kid going to the movies, we'd go because Bogart was in the movie, or Cagney, or John Wayne. We didn't know what the story was about or anything.More Dennis Farina quotes [10/29/2006 12:10:00]
I had a brother who was an attorney, so my first intention was to go to law school. I wound up in the police department, and I loved it.More Dennis Farina quotes [10/29/2006 12:10:00]
They gave me a hard time when I was a policeman! I was always the butt of a joke. But they were, and they still are, big supporters of mine.More Dennis Farina quotes [10/29/2006 12:10:00]

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