CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed July 29, 2013 to be Dennis Farina Day in Illinois in honor of his outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry and for his many years of public service.
WHEREAS, Illinois is a leader in supporting the arts, and acting has always been an important component of the artistic fabric of our state; and,
WHEREAS, one of the most successful actors to come from the Land of Lincoln was Dennis Farina, who was born in Chicago to a Sicilian-American family on February 29, 1944; and,
WHEREAS, Dennis Farina is unique in that he did not start acting until he was 37 years old, after serving in the military for 3 years and working for the Chicago Police Department for 18 years, where he spent most of his time in the burglary division; and,
WHEREAS, while still working in the burglary division, Dennis Farina’s big break came when he was hired by director Michael Mann for the movie “Thief” (1981). This movie received critical acclaim, and they would go on to work together many times in the future; and,
WHEREAS, after “Thief,” Dennis Farina started acting in Chicago theater before being cast by Mann in a lead role for the 1986 TV series “Crime Story”; and,
WHEREAS, Dennis Farina has acted in numerous other films including “Reindeer Games,” “Paparazzi,” “Midnight Run,” and “Manhunter”; and,
WHEREAS, more recently, Dennis Farina appeared in the feature films “The Grand,” “Bottle Shock,” and “What Happens in Vegas.” In addition, he also appeared on the NBC Series “Law and Order” and in the HBO mini-series, “Empire Falls,” for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Mini-Series; and,
WHEREAS, on July 22, 2013, in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dennis Farina passed away at the age of 69; and,
WHEREAS, Dennis Farina’s warmhearted nature, passion for acting, and great sense of humor were evident to everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him; and,
WHEREAS, his personality was formed in Chicago and, despite his remarkable accomplishments, he always remained loyal to his hometown; and,
WHEREAS, Dennis Farina is survived by many loving friends and family members including three sons, several grandchildren, and his longtime partner, Marianne Cahill; and,
THEREFORE, I, Pat Quinn, Governor of the State of Illinois, do hereby proclaim July 29, 2013 as DENNIS FARINA DAY in Illinois, in recognition of his tremendous contributions to the entertainment industry as an actor, and in remembrance of his years of public service to the Chicago Police Department and commitment to the Land of Lincoln.