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 
You can change a person's life in an instant; put him in a movie, and you start thinking differently, you want to be in another movie. It's like an addiction almost.More Dennis Farina quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I really like Elmore Leonard's writing.More Dennis Farina quotes [10/29/2006 12:10:00]
I think first impressions are important when you pick up a script.More Dennis Farina quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I've tried writing. Two days later I'd go visit it and say, Jesus Christ, who wrote this crap?More Dennis Farina quotes [10/29/2006 12:10:00]
When they released Sidewalks of New York, there were some shots with the towers they were going to take out, and Ed told them no. I don't think they can deny the towers were a part of New York.More Dennis Farina quotes [10/29/2006 12:10:00]

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