Farina Walks Along

Dennis Farina was brilliant in Michael Mann’s “Crime Story”

Aw crap, Dennis Farina is dead. The ex-cop was fantastic as a mob boss in one of my favorite road movies, Midnight Run. Michael Mann was critical to Farina’s launch as an actor. He gave him a small part in his terrific Thief, which got edited down to essentially Dennis getting shot to death as an anonymous thug. However, Mann gave him the starring role he deserved and was made for in the retro TV series Crime Story.

No one walks down a dark street to Del Shannon like Farina, 1950s-style cool to the hilt.