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Dennis Farina (February 29, 1944 - July 22, 2013) was an actor who played Detective Joe Fontana in Law & Order. His character replaced Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) as a detective on the series. He first appeared in the Season 15 episode "Paradigm".

He passed away on July 22, 2013 in a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona after suffering a pulmonary embolism. Farina is buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

Farina also played Detective Joe Fontana in the Law & Order: Trial by Jury episode "Skeleton".


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