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Actor Dennis Farina  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Actor Dennis Farina (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (CBS NEWS) – Dennis Farina, a former Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on “Law & Order,” has died.

Lori De Waal, his representative, says Farina died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.

Before he became an actor, Farina was a cop with the Chicago Police Department from 1967 to 1985.

Among his many TV portrayals was Det. Joe Fontana on “Law & Order.” He starred in the 1980s cult favorite, “Crime Story” and most recently was in the HBO drama series “Luck.”

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