Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Elmore Leonard Remembers Actor Dennis Farina, Crook In 'Get Shorty'


Kurt Anthony King at the Oakland Press offers a piece on crime novelist Elmore Leonard's thoughts on actor and former Chicago police officer Dennis Farina, who passed away at age 69.

Dennis Farina, a former policeman who had a long career playing tough guys in movies and on TV, was a natural for the casts of two films based on Elmore Leonard’s novels.

New York Times best-selling author Elmore “Dutch” Leonard, who lives in Bloomfield Hills, remembered Farina as “easygoing.”

Farina performed in 1995’s “Get Shorty,” starring John Travolta, and 1998’s “Out of Sight,” with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. Both big-budget films were adapted from Leonard’s popular crime novels.

... “I thought he was great,” said the novelist. “He had this way about him that I recognized instantly from police, since he was a cop himself."

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