July 23, 2013 |
Dennis Farina, who died Monday at the age of 69, was in his late 30s before he acted a lick. He had been a Chicago police detective consulting on Michael Mann's 1981 film "Thief" when the director gave him a small role. He didn't go Hollywood in an instant but began a second career in his hometown, moonlighting in film and theater until 1986, when Mann cast him as the lead in the TV series "Crime Story," as, of all things, a Chicago detective who follows a mobster to Las Vegas in the early 1960s, and he quit the (actual)
July 22, 2013 |
Dennis Farina, who died Monday morning at the age of 69 of a blood clot in his lung, had two distinct careers. He was a veteran Chicago police officer until a chance meeting with director Michael Mann, who was in the Windy City to make his first feature film, 1981's "Thief," changed his career path. In a 2001 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Farina joked that he "blamed" Mann for turning him into an actor. The two had a mutual friend, a retired cop, who was a writer on "Thief.
July 22, 2013 |
Actor Dennis Farina died Monday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz., after suffering a blood clot in his lung, his publicist confirmed. He was 69. The character actor had recently settled into the TV circuit. After a memorable stint on "Law & Order" as Det. Joe Fontana, Farina's last regular TV role was on HBO's “Luck,” where he played Gus Demitriou, the driver, confidante and “muscle” for horse owner Chester “Ace” Bernstein, played by Dustin Hoffman. He also recently had a recurring role in Fox's "New Girl," playing Nick's father.
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July 22, 2013 |
Dennis Farina, a Chicago police officer turned character actor who cemented his second career playing gangsters, cops and other tough guys in film and TV, died Monday. He was 69. The actor, perhaps best known in recent years for his stint on the TV crime drama "Law & Order," died at a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung, said his publicist, Lori De Waal. Farina's ability to straddle both sides of the law on screen came with a certain ease. He had worked for the Chicago Police Department for 18 years - from 1967 to 1985 - before a chance meeting with director Michael Mann spurred a change in careers in his late 30s. PHOTOS: Dennis Farina's career highlights The two shared a mutual friend, a retired cop, and while Farina was still on the force, Mann cast him in his 1981 neo-noir film "Thief.
July 12, 2013 |
PJ Raval's (“Trinidad”) latest feature documentary “Before You Know It,” screening Sunday at 5 p.m at the Harmony Gold at the 2013 Outfest LGBT Film Festival, explores the lives of three very different gay senior citizens. Dennis is a cross-dressing widower who didn't come out until he was 70 and is looking for love. Ravel chronicles his move from his ramshackle home in a rundown trailer park in Florida to a senior citizen LGBT residence in Portland, Ore., where he feels finally at home.
June 24, 2013 |
Who is Kenny Dennis? He's a 53-year-old, Mike Ditka-loving, mustachioed Chicago lunkhead and rapper who formerly starred in a fictional hip-hop trio. A project that began as a character invented by rapper Serengeti in 2008, Kenny's got an opinion about everything: A man who'll shush loudmouths on the El, who rips up traffic tickets but whose code dictates he pull over to help a stranded motorist. The fictional Kenny rules this album with an iron fist, and Serengeti conveys a Chicago-accented persona with the skill of an actor while producer Odd Nosdam offers left-field beats that buzz with accomplishment.
June 21, 2013 |
As night faded into the early morning hours, Miami Heat players celebrating a newly won NBA championship had their choice of South Beach hot spots. Cameo. Club LIV. The Mynt Lounge. Oh, and Denny's. According to his 3:19 a.m. post on Twitter, veteran forward Shane Battier chose a Grand Slam breakfast instead of the hot lights and a pulsating beat. Denny's. a championship tradition. #Grandslam pic.twitter.com/mveVEocxAY - Shane Battier (@ShaneBattier) June 21, 2013 Hours earlier, reporters had asked him where he might spend the evening.
June 12, 2013 |
When Denny Hamlin's No. 11 Toyota slammed head-on into the wall in Fontana in March, there were fears that his streak of qualifying every year for NASCAR's Chase for the Cup playoff was over. In his first seven years as a full-time driver in the Sprint Cup Series, Hamlin had made the Chase every year and, in 2010, he narrowly lost the championship to Jimmie Johnson. Hamlin, 32, did indeed miss four races after suffering a back injury in his crash at Auto Club Speedway. Even so, the Virginian still has a shot at this year's Chase.
June 7, 2013 |
Dennis Rodman apparently isn't that impressed with Miami Heat superstar LeBron James. “If LeBron was playing in the late '80s or early '90s, he'd be just an average player," Rodman said in an interview with Dan Patrick aired Friday on "The Dan Patrick Show. " The Hall of Fame rebounder thinks that the level of play in the NBA isn't what it used to be when Michael Jordan was king. “If Michael played today … really? If he played the game today at 28 years old, he would average 40 points a game, probably more,” said Rodman, who won three NBA championships playing alongside Jordan in Chicago.
May 30, 2013 |
Michael Jordan was the first choice for the creators of the TV show that ultimately wound up sending Dennis Rodman on his now-infamous trip to North Korea earlier this year. “Jordan wasn't interested,” Vice Media Group founder and chief executive Shane Smith said at a preview of the season finale of the HBO newsmagazine "Vice. " That episode follows Rodman and three members of the Harlem Globetrotters as they try to employ what has been dubbed "basketball diplomacy" on a trip to North Korea during a time of high tension between it and the U.S. North Korea's ruling family has had a longtime love for American basketball and a particular obsession with Jordan, according to the New York Times.