It was learned earlier this evening that the once quoted 'King of the Second Act', the legendary DENNIS FARINA, died earlier tonight. He was 69 years old.
Farina a stage name (Originally Donaldo Gugliermo), the Chicago native used his 18 year experience with the Chicago Police Department to land a consultant job with Director MICHAEL MANN for the JAMES CAAN thriller THIEF. It was this job that his love for film acting began, inspiring his reemergence from badge to bad guy and the beginning of his 2nd career. The legendary MIAMI VICE followup show CRIME STORY led to other film roles--- MIDNIGHT RUN, OUT OF SIGHT, GET SHORTY, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, SNATCH, YOU KILL ME, and BOTTLE SHOCK.
PLANET GRIFFIN honors the memory of the tough guy from Chicago.