Career of Dennis Farina

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FILE - In this undated photo from NBC Universal, Dennis Farina, who plays New York Police Detective Joe Fontana, acts in a scene with Michael Imperioli in the role of Detective Nick Falco, in an episode from NBC's police drama,

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Dennis Farina, a former Chicago policeman turned tough-guy actor, died in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday, the actor's publicist said. He was 69.

 Farina, best known as detective Joe Fontana on the long-running TV series "Law & Order," suffered a blood clot in his lung, publicist Lori De Waal said. (REUTERS)

Here's a look back at some his outstanding roles in film and television.

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