Dennis Farina, who played Lt. Mike Torello on the police drama CRIME STORY/NBC/1986-88 was nicknamed “The Great Wounder” by his fellow police officers when he worked for the police department in the days before he took up acting as a career.
During his eighteen years on the Chicago police force, every time he “pulled out his gun to shoot someone, he’d shoot them in the butt or the thumb” (TV Guide 2/6/88).
Born in the Italian section of Chicago, Farina left law enforcement in 1985 to pursue acting full-time. He was introduced to acting when his former supervisor, who had left the Chicago police force to pursue a career in writing, got him a small role in the movie Thief (1981). Farina was later cast as an FBI agent in the Michael Mann film Manhunter (1986).
Dennis Farina has also appeared on BUDDY FARO/CBS/2000 as a 1960s gumshoe come out of retirement; THE IN LAWS/NBC/2002-2003 as Victor Pellet a domineering, overprotective father-in-law who shares his house with his newly married daughter and her husband; LAW & ORDER/NBC/(from 2004-2006) as New York City police homicide detective Joe Fontana; and LUCK/HBO/2011-2012 as Gus Demitriou, a guy who frequents a horse-racing track.
See also – “Johnny Pizza”