Dennis Farina Overview

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Born: February 29, 1944

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... See All


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