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Dennis Farina
Joe Fontana Skeleton
Character
Detective Joe Fontana
Date of birth
29 February 1944
Place of birth
Chicago, Illinois
Date of death
22 July 2013
Place of death
Scottsdale, Arizona
IMDb profile

Dennis Farina (February 29, 1944 - July 22, 2013) was an actor who played Detective Joe Fontana in Law & Order. His character replaced Lennie Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) as a detective on the series. He first appeared in the Season 15 episode "Paradigm".

He passed away on July 22, 2013 in a hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona after suffering a pulmonary embolism. Farina is buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois.

Farina also played Detective Joe Fontana in the Law & Order: Trial by Jury episode "Skeleton".