Mr. Farina, known for his work as a character actor, portraying both sides of the law with equal vigor. Most will remember him for his portrayal of Detective Joe Fontana on Law & Order, a role he had spent 18 years preparing for during his stint in the Chicago Police Department from 1967 to 1985 before transferring to the NYPD. He also upheld the law as FBI Agent Jack Crawford in Manhunter, Lt. Mike Torello in Crime Story, and as Robert Stacks replacement on Unsolved Mysteries.
Mr. Farina often played a good guy. But he played a great bad guy.
As Cousin Avi in Snatch:
Mob boss Jimmy Serrano in Midnight Run:
Ray ‘Bones’ Barboni in Get Shorty