Born in Chicago in 1944, Dennis Farina served as a Chicago police officer for 18 years before he started acting at the age of 37. His former law enforcement partner Chuck Adamson created the series Crime Story in 1986, which Dennis Farina starred in as Lt. Mike Torello throughout its two-season run.
He then moved to film roles such as Midnight Run, Another Stakeout, Little Big League, Get Shorty, Saving Private Ryan, Snatch, and many more. He starred as Detective Joe Fontana on NBC's Law & Order from 2004 to 2006.
Most recently, the actor starred in a two-episode arc of the hit Fox sitcom New Girl, where he played the father of Jake Johnson's character, who ironically passed away last season. He is survived by three sons, Joe Farina, Michael Farina, and Dennis Farina Jr..