Funeral held for actor Dennis Farina

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Actor and Chicago-native Dennis Farnia was laid to rest today at a funeral in downtown Chicago.

There wasn’t a lot of fanfare.  In fact, the funeral was very un-Hollywood like. Dennis Farina, TV and movie star, in the end wanted to be known as just a regular guy

CTFL sun-1016-candid-candace MJW   Today’s funeral wasn’t attended by Hollywood heavy weights even though farina knew plenty of them.  The church was filled with family and close friends.  The priest who said the Mass at Assumption was one of them and said he and Dennis talked once a week when the 69-year-old learned he had lung cancer.  He said today that people are judged by the relationships they have and Dennis Farina had plenty of great ones.

Farnia accomplished a lot in his life.  He was a late bloomer to acting when, at 37, he fell into a role that started his second career.  Farina was mainly cast as a character actor, often as a gangster or cop.

But he also had great comedic timing, winning an American Comedy award for his character in Get Shorty.

Fans also came out today to honor him.

Farina is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, and his longtime partner, Marianne Cahill.

Denis Farina was 69.  Friends of the actor said he loved Chicago and he will be missed.


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  • diana

    I knew Dennis in 1976 when all if us hung out at the Hidden Cove cop bar at Foster/Lincoln an Slammers an the famous Reggies cop bar across from Foster Ave PD. He wore that hat then. He loved to dance slow. He will be truly missed.