Celebrities shared their solemn reactions and happy reminiscences on Monday following the death of actor Dennis Farina. Farina, who is perhaps best known for his performance as Det. Joe Fontana on "Law & Order," passed away in a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, following the discovery of a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.
In a written statement, "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf said, "I was stunned and saddened to hear about Dennis' unexpected passing this morning." He continued, "The 'Law & Order' family extends sympathy and condolences to his family. He was a great guy."
Farina recently played Walt Miller, Nick Miller's (Jake Johnson) on Fox's "New Girl." In response to his death, Johnson released a statement saying, "I feel very honored to have had the chance to meet, talk the Chicago Bears, and act with Dennis Farina. He is someone I will surely miss. I looked up to him personally and professionally. I am sad for his family, friends and his fans. We all will miss out."
Notable tweet reactions to Farina's death on Twitter included an emotional comment from "Criminal Minds" star Joe Mantegna, who had difficulty finding the words to describe his sadness at losing his "dear friend Dennis Farina." "He was like a brother to me," Mantegna tweeted. "I'm in shock."
Words cannot express how I feel about the passing of my dear friend Dennis Farina. He was like a brother to me. I'm in shock..— Joe Mantegna (@JoeMantegna) July 22, 2013
Ike Barinholtz, who plays male nurse Morgan Tookers on "The Mindy Project" shared his connection with Farina over Twitter. Before Farina was on "Law & Order," he worked at the Chicago Police Department:
My Uncle Bernie and Dennis Farina were partners in in the Chicago Police Department in the 60's. Great man, rest in peace— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) July 22, 2013
He later tweeted a photo with Farina, writing jokingly, "Look at this beauty. Not me, Farina."
Look at this beauty. Not me, Farina. pic.twitter.com/3WwzNzUrFL— Ike Barinholtz (@ikebarinholtz) July 22, 2013
Zooey Deschanel, famous for portraying Jess on "New Girl," tweeted out her condolences, saying how lucky she was "to have witnessed [Farina's] charm and brilliance."
I am completely devastated about Dennis Farina’s passing, I was lucky to have witnessed his charm and brilliance.— zooey deschanel (@ZooeyDeschanel) July 22, 2013
Stars flooded the social media hub with their sympathy toward the memory of the officer turned actor:
Deeply saddened @ news of passing of Chicago pal Dennis Farina.So fine an actor & good man.Known him since early 80s.RIP friend— Gary Sinise (@GarySinise) July 22, 2013
R.I.P. Dennis Farina, a terrific actor whose last name rhymed with mine.— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) July 22, 2013
Lost one of the true greats today. RIP Dennis Farina. Thanks for making 'character actor' a compliment. http://t.co/WzzHr7IuPD— Seth Green (@SethGreen) July 22, 2013
Love and light to the family and friends of Dennis Farina— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) July 22, 2013
How awesome is it that Dennis Farina will be reincarnated as the royal baby.— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) July 22, 2013
RIP... Dennis Farina..Chicago Cop turned Actor ..Nice Guy..— Emilio Rivera (@EmilioRivera48) July 22, 2013
"Anything to declare?" "Yeah, don't go to England." RIP Dennis Farina.— Seth Meyers (@sethmeyers) July 22, 2013
Dennis Farina. Damn. Good actor, good guy.— Michael McKean (@MJMcKean) July 22, 2013
Thoughts & prayers go out to family & friends of Dennis Farina. He was one great & classy guy. God Bless Pal!— Adam Ferrara (@adamferrara) July 22, 2013
RIP Dennis Farina. Cop, actor, Bleacher Bum, gentleman.— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) July 22, 2013
Got to work with the hilarious Dennis Farina. He was a great man, full of life, and he loved being an actor. He was made for acting. RIP— David Krumholtz (@DaveKrumholtz) July 22, 2013
Dennis Farina?!?!? Dammit. RIP sir. Heaven has another awesome mustache now.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) July 22, 2013
Dennis Farina RIP!— Kevin Brown (@dotcom30rock) July 22, 2013
RIP Dennis Farina. Watch him in "Out of Sight," a strong candidate for the greatest American film of all time.— rob delaney (@robdelaney) July 22, 2013
Dennis Farina, RIP. Seriously loved that guy. In his honor, everyone go eat a sandwich, drink a glass of milk, do some fucking thing.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 22, 2013
So long, Dennis Farina. What a run, from Manhunter to Midnight Run to Out of Sight to Snatch. Let's take a knee.— Nick Offerman (@Nick_Offerman) July 22, 2013
RIP Dennis Farina— Donald Faison (@donald_faison) July 22, 2013
RIP......Actor Dennis Farina dies http://t.co/MjOH6J5GoV— Kristen Renton (@KristenRenton) July 22, 2013
RIp Dennis Farina— Kevin J Ryan (@KevinRyanII) July 22, 2013
Aww, Dennis Farina. He had a twinkle in his eye that could charm you & ice you at the same time. Too young.— Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) July 22, 2013
#RIP Dennis Farina!Cool cat..
— OMAR EPPS (@omarepps) July 22, 2013
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