Law & Order actor Dennis Farina dies at 69

Dennis Farina, the police officer turned star of TV's Law & Order, has died at age 69, his publicist confirms.

Character actor formerly had 18-year career as police officer

Dennis Farina, the police officer turned star of TV's Law and Order, has died at age 69, his publicist confirms. (Associated Press)

Dennis Farina, the police officer turned star of TV's Law & Order, has died at age 69, his publicist confirmed Monday.

Lori De Waal, his representative, says Farina died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.

Farina was born in Chicago in 1944 and served on the city's police force for 18 years.

He appeared in films including Get Shorty, Saving Private Ryan, Midnight Run and countless TV shows.

Among his many TV portrayals was Det. Joe Fontana on Law & Order.

With files from the Associated Press