Dennis Farina, star of 'Law & Order,' dead at 69
Born Feb. 29, 1944, in Chicago, he was a city detective before he found his way into the acting profession as he neared his forties.
His first film was the 1981 action drama "Thief," directed by Michael Mann,
whom he had met through a mutual friend while still working for the Chicago Police Department.
"I remember going to the set that day and being intrigued by the whole thing," Farina recalled in a 2004 interview with The Associated Press.
"I liked it. And everybody was extremely nice to me. If the people were rude and didn't treat me right, things could have gone the other way."