'Law & Order' creator Dick Wolf 'stunned and saddened' by Dennis Farina's death

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Dennis Farina, who died Monday at age 69, had a lot of jobs during his 30-plus years as an actor — from 1988’s Midnight Run to his stint as Nick’s dad on New Girl just last year. But one of his most high-profile gigs was his two seasons as Det. Joe Fontana on NBC’s Law & Order, taking over for the late Jerry Orbach.

The show’s creator and executive producer, Dick Wolf, sent a statement to EW following Farina’s death:

“I was stunned and saddened to hear about Dennis’ unexpected passing this morning,” Wolf said in the statement. “The Law & Order family extends sympathy and condolences to his family. He was a great guy.”


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