Dennis Farina, Police Officer Turned Actor, Laid to Rest

From The Chicage Sun-Times by TINA SFONDELES Staff Reporter, July 30, 2013

Chicago native Dennis Farina — the cop-turned-actor — never let fame go to his head, a close friend said Tuesday at his funeral.

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Chicago Police Sgt. Greg Reynolds prepares to drive the 1972 Dodge Chicago Police squad car in Dennis Farina’s funeral cortege. MICHAEL SNEED/SUN-TIMES

“He was a star and he went to Hollywood, but he never went Hollywood,” the Rev. Tom Nangle, a retired Chicago Police chaplain, told hundreds of mourners at Assumption Catholic Church. “He always kept his Chicago way, in his way of speaking, and when it came to his behavior.”

Pallbearers guide casket actor ex-Chicago cop Dennis FarinTuesday morning outside AssumptiCatholic Church Chicago. Farindied last week 69.  |

Pallbearers guide the casket of actor and former Chicago Police Officer Dennis Farina Tuesday morning outside Assumption Catholic Church in Chicago. Farina died last week at 69. | Michael R. Schmidt~For Sun-Times Media

The former police detective, U.S. Army veteran and actor died in Arizona at 69 last week from a blood clot in his lung.

Farina’s no-frills, simple funeral Mass was a reflection of him, a man who stuck to his ways even when fame and money came knocking.

Nangle, the only speaker at the funeral, described Farina as “unfailingly gracious, polite and generous.”

He spoke highly of his years in the police department, where his natural talents shined through.


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