Actor Dennis Farina passed away earlier today in a hospital in Scottsdale, Ariz. from complications arising from a blood clot in his lung, multiple sources report. He was 69-years-old.
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.
This morning we reported on the tragic, seemingly senseless suicide of Top Gun director Tony Scott, who jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles after leaving detailed notes in both his car and his office of loved ones that he wanted notified of his death. (Among them, one can only assume, was Mr. Scott’s brother and creative partner, Ridley Scott.)
New information emerged about this case this afternoon, shedding some light on this sad turn of events.
The body of Tony Scott, the man behind the landmark queer cinema masterpiece Top Gun, was dragged from the Los Angeles Harbor Sunday evening in San Pedro, Calif. The director/producer plunged to his death after scaling the 10-foot fence surrounding Vincent Thomas Bridge.
David Rakoff, an “East Asian Studies Major Who Has Forgotten Most of His Japanese” and one of New York’s finest essayists, passed away Thursday evening following a long battle with cancer. He was 47.
Sad news today: The sometimes cantankerous but always charming Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, passed away earlier today at age 83. His death was due to recent complications from his last stroke. The New York Times obit recalled Mr. Sendak’s body of work:
Legendary creator and host of the R&B dance/variety show Soul Train Don Cornelius was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound earlier this morning in his Muholland Drive home, reports The New York Times.
Mr. Cornelius was widely credited with bringing African-American performers like Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Michael Jackson to the public’s consciousness during Soul Train’s almost 35 year syndicated run: one of the longest in history.
Don Hill, the man responsible for the legendary Spring Street spot that carries his name, passed away yesterday. He was 66 years old.
Like many others, we knew him. “I don’t talk too much,” Mr. Hill said to The Observer, moments after we had met. It was a September afternoon, and in the empty hallway Read More
Everybody Comes to Elaine's
Elaine Kaufman, the ringleader of the beloved Upper East Side restaurant that bore her name, has passed away at the age of 81. For nearly 50 years Elaine’s has served the brightest lights of Manhattan, accepting writers, actors and other unforgettable characters into its arms.
Spencer Morgan profiled Ms. Kaufman for The Read More