The late “Law & Order” regular played some of the most convincing cops on TV. That’s because he was one in real life. Farina spent nearly 20 years in the Chicago Police Department before making it as an actor. He caught his first showbiz break when he worked as a police consultant for movies. One director loved him so much, Farina was cast in the film “Thief.” —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: Kevin WInter/Getty)
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