Dennis Farina was one of three actors (the other two were Scott Glenn in Silence of the Lambs and Harvey Keitel in Red Dragon) to play the character of Jack Crawford in the Hannibal Lecture series of films. Farina had the Crawford role in the 1986, Michael Mann film, Manhunter. Farina was the only one of the three to have actual law enforcement experience.
Dennis has been typecast into the role of either a police officer or a mobster.
Dennis was in New York City on September 11th.
Dennis would love to be in a western.
Dennis loves England.
Dennis owns a home in Arizona where he lives a few months a year.
Dennis wanted to go to law school and become an attorney like his older brother.
His first major screen credit was Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling in 1986.
Dennis starred in the Chicago theater production of Tracers which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Ensemble.
Dennis will appear in the upcoming movies Purple Violets and You Kill Me.
Dennis is a huge Dean Martin fan.
Dennis was drafted into the military where he spent three years.
While on the force Dennis had such a bad shot he was nicknamed "The Great Wounder".
Dennis has only been married once, to Patricia from 1970 to 1980.
Dennis is 6'1".
His parents were Italian immigrants.
Dennis quit law enforcement in 1985 to become a full-time actor once he got the lead in the TV series Crime Story.
Dennis has never taken an acting class.
Dennis won the 1996 American Comedy Award for "Funniest Male In A Supporting Role In A Film" for Get Shorty.
One of Dennis' sons, Joe Farina is also an actor.
Dennis narrated the historical documentary American Gangstar.
Dennis' film debut was in the 1981 as Carl in Thief.
Farina means flour in Italian.
Dennis has just signed on to do a new movie called The Grand, which includes Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines, Ray Romano and Jason Alexander. The film, set during a poker tournament in Las Vegas, begins shooting in July 2006.
Dennis was a Chicago police officer for 18 years. They were from 1967 to 1985.
Dennis: (on the cast in the movie Big Trouble) The cast is huge, but I never saw any of them, except Jack Kehler, who plays my partner. It was just Jack and I and a lot of the movie is from our point of view -- things are being revealed as we see them. I saw Tim Allen once, in the makeup chair. He said, 'Hey, I heard we're in a movie together'.
Dennis: Some people approach acting with all these things in their head, making it more complicated then it needs to be, way too cerebral. I don't want to know that an actor lived in a cave for 12 days so that he could prepare for a part.