Dennis Farina, the character actor best remembered for "Get Shorty" and "Law & Order," is dead at age 69, a publicist announced.
He died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital, after suffering a blood clot in a lung, the actor's rep, Lori De Waal, announced.
Farina was being treated for lung cancer, his cardiologist, Dr. Marc A. Kates, later revealed. The doctor said that Farina was successfully treated for lung cancer 13 years ago, but suffered a recurrence in recent months.
In a statement, De Waal called Farina "always warm-hearted and professional" and "a great actor and a wonderful man."
Farina brought authority to his stint as Detective Joe Fontana on NBC's "Law & Order" from 2004 to 2006. Farina had been a Chicago police officer for 20 years.
Other notable TV credits include "Crime Story," "New Girl" and "Luck." In the last, an HBO drama, Farina played the dutiful bodyguard to Dustin Hoffman.
Farina had logged many TV credits over the years: "Empire Falls," "Hunter," "Miami Vice," "Remington Steele," "China Beach," "In-Laws," "Tales From the Crypt" and "Justice League."
Tea Leoni, his co-star in "You Kill Me," raved to the Sentinel in 2007 about Farina. "He's a pussycat," Leoni said. "So debonair. Leading-man good looks, but just a great character actor. Always working. Oh, he'd be a good catch."
"Get Shorty" was a career highlight. He won an American Comedy Award for funniest supporting actor in a movie. The cast, which included John Travolta, Danny DeVito, Rene Russo and Gene Hackman, was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for best ensemble. The Chicago Film Critics Association honored Farina in 2011 with the Commitment to Chicago Award.
De Waal noted Farina's love for Chicago. "We hope that he finds a new life where great roles are plentiful and the Cubs are always winning the pennant," she said in her statement.
Farina is survived by three sons.