Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina

  • Highest Rated: 96% Midnight Run (1988)
  • Lowest Rated: 3% The Mod Squad (1999)
  • Birthday: Feb 29, 1944
  • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Lovable tough guy character actor Dennis Farina was already well into his first career as a Chicago cop before he was able to turn his occasional acting gigs into a prodigious new line of work.Raised in Chicago by Italian immigrant parents, Farina joined his hometown's police force in the mid-'60s, settling into a life of law enforcement. When he was hired to be a local consultant on Michael Mann's film Thief (1981), however, Farina wound up with a bit part as the villain's heavy. Farina continued to moonlight as an actor for several years, appearing in local theater and occasional movies, including Final Jeopardy (1985) and the Chuck Norris vehicle Code of Silence (1985). Though he never took an acting class, Farina was a natural; after Michael Mann offered him the lead in the series Crime Story in 1986, Farina left the police force to play a TV cop. During his 1986-1988 stint on the series, Farina also played FBI agent Jack Crawford (Scott Glen's part in Silence of the Lambs [1991]) in Mann's stylish thriller Manhunter (1986), was the Birdman of Alcatraz in the TV movie Six Against the Rock (1987), and a cop in TV movie mystery Through Naked Eyes (1987). Drawing on his no-nonsense charm as well as his eclectic life experience, Farina continued to shine in roles on both sides of the law, such as serial killer Angelo Buono in The Case of the Hillside Stranglers (1989) and the lead prosecutor in the TV docudrama Blind Faith (1990). As nimble with comedy, Farina went up against Robert De Niro and Charles Grodin as a mobster in the popular buddy yarn Midnight Run (1988). His versatility firmly established by the 1990s, Farina's early '90s work ranged from playing a billionaire in People Like Us (1990), to Banquo in a New York gangland version of Macbeth, Men of Honor (1991), as well as supporting roles in the comedy Another Stakeout (1993), Bruce Willis actioner Striking Distance (1993), John Turturro's Italian-American family drama Mac (1993), and vicious neo-noir Romeo Is Bleeding (1994). Farina's appearance as John Travolta's nemesis, hilariously bumbling tough guy Ray "Bones" Barboni, in Barry Sonnenfeld's adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Get Shorty (1995), led to his most notable hit since Midnight Run. His career hitting a new high, Farina co-starred with Bette Midler as reunited exes in Carl Reiner's That Old Feeling (1997), and starred as a Sicilian bigwig in the high-profile TV miniseries Bella Mafia (1997). Though his Marshall Sisco made only a brief appearance in Steven Soderbergh's esteemed Elmore Leonard adaptation Out of Sight (1998), Farina was pitch-perfect as Jennifer Lopez's protective dad. After joining the superb corps in Steven Spielberg's award-winning Saving Private Ryan (1998), Farina returned to series TV, playing smooth detective Buddy Faro (1998); the series, however, lasted only one season. Returning to films, Farina followed his role as the police captain who recruits The Mod Squad (1999) with another comic turn as a New York gangster who sets the diamond larceny plot in motion in Snatch (2000), adding a dash of Hollywood celebrity (along with Brad Pitt and Benicio del Toro) to British lad director Guy Ritchie's sophomore effort. The releases of two of Farina's next films, Barry Sonnenfeld's caper Big Trouble (2001) and Edward Burns' romantic comedy Sidewalks of New York (2001), were delayed after the terrorist attack on New York on September 11, 2001. Sidewalks of New York surfaced later in 2001, but the romantic comedy failed to charm a large audience. Big Trouble finally made it into theaters in the first half of 2002, but despite the big name cast, Sonnenfeld's farce joined such high profile fare as Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Collateral Damage (2002) and the espionage actioner Bad Company (2002) on the list of 9/11-delayed flops. Farina's next film, the broad, witless comedy Stealing Harvard (2002), also failed at the box office. Farina returned to television during the fall 2002 season with a le

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

40% Lucky Stiff Luigi 2015
7% Authors Anonymous John K. Butzin 2014
74% The Last Rites of Joe May Joe May 2011
10% Knucklehead Memphis Earl 2010
26% What Happens in Vegas Banger $80.2M 2008
49% Bottle Shock Maurice $4M 2008
40% The Grand L.B.J. Deuce Fairbanks 2008
No Score Yet National Lampoon's Bag Boy Marty 2007
78% You Kill Me Edward O'Leary $2.4M 2007
No Score Yet Purple Violets Gilmore 2007
No Score Yet Empire Falls Walt Comeau 2005
17% Paparazzi Detective Burton $15.6M 2004
74% This Old Cub Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Italian Americans Actor 2004
9% Stealing Harvard Mr. Warner $14M 2002
48% Big Trouble Henry 2002
56% Sidewalks of New York Carpo $2.2M 2001
20% Bad Seed Dick 2001
73% Snatch Avi $30.1M 2001
25% Reindeer Games (Deception) Jack Bangs 2000
3% The Mod Squad Greer 1999
93% Saving Private Ryan Lt. Col. Anderson 1998
93% Out of Sight Marshall Sisco 1998
No Score Yet Bella Mafia Don Roberto Luciano 1997
43% That Old Feeling Dan De Mora 1997
18% Eddie Coach Bailey 1996
87% Get Shorty Ray Barboni 1995
No Score Yet Out of Annie's Past Charlie Ingle 1995
No Score Yet Bonanza: Under Attack Charley Siringo 1995
31% Little Big League George O'Farrell 1994
No Score Yet One Woman's Courage Craig McKenna 1994
No Score Yet High Stakes Actor 1993
17% Striking Distance Capt. Nick Detillo 1993
13% Another Stakeout Brian O'Hara 1993
22% Romeo Is Bleeding Nick Gazzara 1993
No Score Yet The Disappearance of Nora Denton 1993
No Score Yet Street Crimes Brian O'Neal 1992
No Score Yet We're Talkin' Serious Money Sal 1992
64% Mac Mr. Stunder 1992
No Score Yet Cruel Doubt Tom Brereton 1992
No Score Yet American Gangster Narrator 1992
No Score Yet Men of Respect Bankie Como 1991
No Score Yet People Like Us Elias Renthal 1990
No Score Yet The Case of the Hillside Stranglers Angelo Buono 1989
96% Midnight Run Jimmy Serrano 1988
No Score Yet Six Against the Rock Birdman of Alcatraz 1987
94% Manhunter Jack Crawford 1986
55% Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling Freddy 1986
No Score Yet Crime Story: The Chicago Years Actor 1986
No Score Yet The Killing Floor Harry Brennan 1985
No Score Yet The Birthday Boy Actor 1985
No Score Yet Through Naked Eyes Patrolman #1 1983
93% Thief Carl 1981

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2014
94% New Girl
2011-2018
Walt Walt Miller
  • 2013
82% Luck
2011-2012
Gus Demitriou
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Det. Joe Fontana
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
96% Justice League Unlimited
2004-2006
Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Gangster Lombard
  • 1999
  • 1989
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
92% Buddy Faro
1998
Executive Producer Buddy Faro
  • 1998
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1993
  • 1992

QUOTES FROM Dennis Farina CHARACTERS

Joe May
I just always thought there was something out there for me--something great.
Joe May
Life sucks, kid.
Avi
Tony?
Bullet Tooth Tony
What?
Avi
Look in the dog.
Bullet Tooth Tony
What do you mean "look in the dog?"
Avi
I mean open him up.
Bullet Tooth Tony
It's not as if it's a tin of baked beans! What do you mean "open him up"?
Bullet Tooth Tony
It's not as if it's a tin of baked beans! What do you mean "open him up?"
Avi
Shut up & sit down, you big bald fuck!
Avi
Why is he called Boris the bullet dodger?
Doug the Head
Because he dodges bullets, Avi
Doug the Head
Because he dodges bullets, Avi.
Bullet Tooth Tony
Because he dodges bullets, Avi.
Avi
should i call you bullet tooth..?
Avi
Should I call you Bullet?
Bullet Tooth Tony
you can call me susan if it makes you happy.
Bullet Tooth Tony
You can call me Susan if it makes you happy.
Avi
Yes, London. You know: fish, chips, cup o' tea, bad food, worse weather, Mary fuckin' Poppins. London!
Sol
London ?
Sol
London?
Avi
Yes, London. You know : Fish, chips, cup-o-tea, bad food, worst weather, Mary fuckin' Poppins, London !
Avi
Yes, London. You know : Fish, chips, cup-o-tea, bad food, worst weather, Mary fuckin' Poppins, London!
Doug the Head
We got sandy beaches.
Avi
So who the fuck wants to see them?
Avi
Should I call you Bullet? Tooth?
Bullet Tooth Tony
You can call me Susan if it makes you happy.