Former policeman turned actor Dennis Farina dies at 69

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FILE - In this undated photo from NBC Universal, Dennis Farina, who plays New York Police Detective Joe Fontana, acts in a scene with Michael Imperioli in the role of Detective Nick Falco, in an episode from NBC's police drama,"Law & Order." Farina died suddenly on Monday, July 22, 2013, in Scottsdale, AZriz., after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69. (AP Photo/ NBC Universal,Jessica Burstein)By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Dennis Farina, the former Chicago cop turned film and TV actor best known for his role as wise-cracking detective Joe Fontana on the hit NBC police drama "Law & Order," died in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday, his publicist said. He was 69. Farina, who parlayed his experience as a police officer, Chicago-accented baritone and straight talking demeanor into a series of tough-guy roles in Hollywood, died after suffering a blood clot in his lung, his publicist Lori De Waal said. …

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