Dennis Farina

​Dennis Farina was one of Hollywood's busiest actors and a familiar face to moviegoers and television viewers alike. Recently, he appeared in the feature films, "The Grand," a comedy about a Vegas poker tournament with Woody Harrelson, Cheryl Hines and Ray Romano; "Bottle Shock," also starring Alan Rickman, Bill Pullman and Bradley Whitford; and Fox's "What Happens in Vegas," in which Dennis starred as Cameron Diaz's boss. Farina also appeared on the NBC series "Law and Order" and in the HBO miniseries, "Empire Falls," for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series. Farina is well remembered for his role in memorable features such as Steven Soderbergh's "Out of Sight," in which he played the retired lawman father of Jennifer Lopez's character. This was Farina's second outing in an Elmore Leonard best seller, the previous one being "Get Shorty," directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and co-starring John Travolta, Rene Russo and Gene Hackman. Farina received an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male for his performance as "Ray 'Bones' Barboni." In 1998's "Saving Private Ryan," directed by Steven Spielberg, Farina played "Col. Anderson," a pivotal role in the film. It is this character who convinces Tom Hanks character to lead a squad deep into Nazi territory to rescue "Pvt. Ryan." He also co-starred with Brad Pitt and Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro in the darkly comedic crime drama "Snatch," directed by Guy Ritchie. Farina's numerous ...

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Thief (1981)

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Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specialized in high-profile diamond heists. He plans to use his ill-gotten income to retire from crime and build a nice life for himself complete with a home, wife and kids. To accelerate the process, he signs on with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  James Caan  •  Tuesday Weld  •  Willie Nelson  •  Jim Belushi

Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specialized in high-profile diamond heists. He plans to use his ill-gotten income to retire from crime and build a nice life for himself complete with a home, wife and kids. To accelerate the process, he signs on with a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  James Caan  •  Tuesday Weld  •  Willie Nelson  •  Jim Belushi

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

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As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Dennis Farina  •  Max Martini

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Spielberg
CAST:  Tom Hanks  •  Tom Sizemore  •  Dennis Farina  •  Max Martini

Another Stakeout (1993)

Chris and Bill are called upon for their excellent surveillance record to stakeout a lakeside home where a Mafia trial witness is believed to be heading or already hiding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Emilio Estevez  •  Rosie O'Donnell  •  Dennis Farina

Chris and Bill are called upon for their excellent surveillance record to stakeout a lakeside home where a Mafia trial witness is believed to be heading or already hiding.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Badham
CAST:  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Emilio Estevez  •  Rosie O'Donnell  •  Dennis Farina

Big Trouble (2002)

The story of how a mysterious suitcase brings together, and changes, the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, two hitmen, a pair of street thugs, two love struck teens, two FBI men and a psychedelic toad. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Sonnenfeld
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  Rene Russo  •  Patrick Warburton  •  Ben Foster

The story of how a mysterious suitcase brings together, and changes, the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, two hitmen, a pair of street thugs, two love struck teens, two FBI men and a psychedelic toad. Based on Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Sonnenfeld
CAST:  Tim Allen  •  Rene Russo  •  Patrick Warburton  •  Ben Foster

Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life Is Calling (1986)

Although Jo Jo Dancer has achieved success as a stand-up comedian, he hasn't found happiness. After receiving severe burns in a narcotics-related incident, Jo Jo remains in a coma, and, while in this state, he looks back on his life. Drifting off into memories of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Pryor
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Debbie Allen  •  Art Evans  •  Fay Hauser

Although Jo Jo Dancer has achieved success as a stand-up comedian, he hasn't found happiness. After receiving severe burns in a narcotics-related incident, Jo Jo remains in a coma, and, while in this state, he looks back on his life. Drifting off into memories of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Pryor
CAST:  Richard Pryor  •  Debbie Allen  •  Art Evans  •  Fay Hauser

Manhunter (1986)

FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecktor, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  William Petersen  •  Kim Greist  •  Dennis Farina  •  Brian Cox

FBI Agent Will Graham, who retired after catching Hannibal Lecktor, returns to duty to engage in a risky cat-and-mouse game with Lecktor to capture a new killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Mann
CAST:  William Petersen  •  Kim Greist  •  Dennis Farina  •  Brian Cox

Midnight Run (1988)

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An accountant embezzles $15 million of mob money, jumps bail and is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Brest
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Charles Grodin  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Ashton

An accountant embezzles $15 million of mob money, jumps bail and is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Brest
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Charles Grodin  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Ashton

Out of Sight (1998)

Meet Jack Foley, a smooth criminal who bends the law and is determined to make one last heist. Karen Sisco is a federal marshal who chooses all the right moves … and all the wrong guys. Now they're willing to risk it all to find out if there's more between them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Jennifer Lopez  •  Michael Keaton  •  Jim Robinson

Meet Jack Foley, a smooth criminal who bends the law and is determined to make one last heist. Karen Sisco is a federal marshal who chooses all the right moves … and all the wrong guys. Now they're willing to risk it all to find out if there's more between them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Soderbergh
CAST:  George Clooney  •  Jennifer Lopez  •  Michael Keaton  •  Jim Robinson

Paparazzi (2004)

A rising Hollywood actor decides to take personal revenge against a group of four persistent photographers to make them pay for almost causing a personal tragedy involving his wife and son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Abascal
CAST:  Cole Hauser  •  Robin Tunney  •  Dennis Farina  •  Daniel Baldwin

A rising Hollywood actor decides to take personal revenge against a group of four persistent photographers to make them pay for almost causing a personal tragedy involving his wife and son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Abascal
CAST:  Cole Hauser  •  Robin Tunney  •  Dennis Farina  •  Daniel Baldwin

Reindeer Games (2000)

After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Frankenheimer
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Gary Sinise  •  Charlize Theron  •  Dennis Farina

After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Frankenheimer
CAST:  Ben Affleck  •  Gary Sinise  •  Charlize Theron  •  Dennis Farina

Snatch (2000)

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Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Ritchie
CAST:  Jason Statham  •  Brad Pitt  •  Stephen Graham  •  Vinnie Jones

Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Ritchie
CAST:  Jason Statham  •  Brad Pitt  •  Stephen Graham  •  Vinnie Jones

The Mod Squad (1999)

Three minor delinquints (Danes, Ribisi, and Epps) are recruited by a cop (Farina) working undercover to bust a cop/drug ring. When the officer who recruited them is killed, they go above and beyond the call of duty to solve the murder; and bust the drug ring. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Silver
CAST:  Claire Danes  •  Giovanni Ribisi  •  Omar Epps  •  Dennis Farina

Three minor delinquints (Danes, Ribisi, and Epps) are recruited by a cop (Farina) working undercover to bust a cop/drug ring. When the officer who recruited them is killed, they go above and beyond the call of duty to solve the murder; and bust the drug ring. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Silver
CAST:  Claire Danes  •  Giovanni Ribisi  •  Omar Epps  •  Dennis Farina

Stealing Harvard (2002)

John and his girlfriend have vowed to marry once they save $30,000 for their dream house. But the minute they achieve their financial goal, John finds out his niece has been accepted at Harvard, and he's reminded of his promise to pay for her tuition (nearly $30 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce McCulloch
CAST:  Jason Lee  •  Tom Green  •  Leslie Mann  •  Dennis Farina

John and his girlfriend have vowed to marry once they save $30,000 for their dream house. But the minute they achieve their financial goal, John finds out his niece has been accepted at Harvard, and he's reminded of his promise to pay for her tuition (nearly $30 ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce McCulloch
CAST:  Jason Lee  •  Tom Green  •  Leslie Mann  •  Dennis Farina

Striking Distance (1993)

Coming from a police family, Tom Hardy ends up fighting his uncle after the murder of his father. Tom believes the killer is another cop, and goes on the record with his allegations. Demoted to water-way duty Tom, along with new partner Jo Christman, navigate the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowdy Herrington
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Dennis Farina  •  Tom Sizemore

Coming from a police family, Tom Hardy ends up fighting his uncle after the murder of his father. Tom believes the killer is another cop, and goes on the record with his allegations. Demoted to water-way duty Tom, along with new partner Jo Christman, navigate the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowdy Herrington
CAST:  Bruce Willis  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Dennis Farina  •  Tom Sizemore

Romeo Is Bleeding (1993)

A corrupt cop gets in over his head when he tries to assassinate a beautiful Russian hit-woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Lena Olin  •  Annabella Sciorra  •  Juliette Lewis

A corrupt cop gets in over his head when he tries to assassinate a beautiful Russian hit-woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Medak
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Lena Olin  •  Annabella Sciorra  •  Juliette Lewis

Little Big League (1994)

When the owner of the Minnesota Twins passes away, he bequeaths the team to his preteen grandson. The newly minted head honcho quickly appoints himself manager, causing unrest in an organisation that struggles to take orders from a 12-year-old.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Scheinman
CAST:  Luke Edwards  •  Timothy Busfield  •  John Ashton  •  Dennis Farina

When the owner of the Minnesota Twins passes away, he bequeaths the team to his preteen grandson. The newly minted head honcho quickly appoints himself manager, causing unrest in an organisation that struggles to take orders from a 12-year-old.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andrew Scheinman
CAST:  Luke Edwards  •  Timothy Busfield  •  John Ashton  •  Dennis Farina

Eddie (1996)

Eddie is a New York limo driver and a fanatical follower of the New York Knicks professional basketball team. The team is struggling with a mediocre record when, in mid-season, "Wild Bill" Burgess, the new owner, as a public relations gimmick, stages an 'honorary ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Rash
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Frank Langella  •  Dennis Farina  •  Richard Jenkins

Eddie is a New York limo driver and a fanatical follower of the New York Knicks professional basketball team. The team is struggling with a mediocre record when, in mid-season, "Wild Bill" Burgess, the new owner, as a public relations gimmick, stages an 'honorary ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Rash
CAST:  Whoopi Goldberg  •  Frank Langella  •  Dennis Farina  •  Richard Jenkins

Out of Annie's Past (1996)

Annie's got a secret past she's eager to hide from her husband and her family. An iconclastic bounty hunter blackmails her to keep that past a secret. As the stakes increase, though, so do the ruthless and brutal actions of all those involved. Soon, deaths of some ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Cooper
CAST:  Catherine Mary Stewart  •  Scott Valentine  •  Dennis Farina  •  Carsten Norgaard

Annie's got a secret past she's eager to hide from her husband and her family. An iconclastic bounty hunter blackmails her to keep that past a secret. As the stakes increase, though, so do the ruthless and brutal actions of all those involved. Soon, deaths of some ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Cooper
CAST:  Catherine Mary Stewart  •  Scott Valentine  •  Dennis Farina  •  Carsten Norgaard

People Like Us (1990)

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When a wealthy scriptwriter and socialite's daughter is murdered, he feels let down by the courts, and so decides to use his powerful position to enable his own form of justice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hale
CAST:  Ben Gazzara  •  Connie Sellecca  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  Dennis Farina

When a wealthy scriptwriter and socialite's daughter is murdered, he feels let down by the courts, and so decides to use his powerful position to enable his own form of justice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Hale
CAST:  Ben Gazzara  •  Connie Sellecca  •  Eva Marie Saint  •  Dennis Farina

The Last Rites of Joe May (2011)

Now in his sixties, Joe is released from the hospital after a long battle with pneumonia and forced to confront the harsh reality of his legacy: everyone he knew had assumed he was dead, and life had gone on around him without missing a beat. Returning to his old ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Maggio
CAST:  Dennis Farina  •  Jamie Anne Allman  •  Ian Barford  •  Meredith Droeger

Now in his sixties, Joe is released from the hospital after a long battle with pneumonia and forced to confront the harsh reality of his legacy: everyone he knew had assumed he was dead, and life had gone on around him without missing a beat. Returning to his old ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Maggio
CAST:  Dennis Farina  •  Jamie Anne Allman  •  Ian Barford  •  Meredith Droeger
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