Dennis Farina dies: Law & Order star dies at 69

Farina starred on Law & Order after his career as a police officer. Photo: David Shankbone

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP/ABC7) -- Actor Dennis Farina, the police officer turned star of "Law & Order," has died at 69, his publicist says.

Best known for his role as Detective Joe Fontana in Law & Order, Farina also had prominent roles in films including Midnight Run, Saving Private Ryan and Get Shorty.

Before becoming an actor, though, Farina was an 18-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.