08:04 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 07/22/2013 02:00PM
Dennis Farina, a familiar TV and movie face who played roles on both sides of the law, died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital. He was 69.
His rep, Lori De Waal, tells the Associated Press that Farina had suffered a blood clot in his lung.
A Chicago native from a large Sicilian-American family, Farina served for 18 years on the Chicago police force's burglary division before turning to acting when he was 37.
While his most famous role was probably that of Det. Joe Fontana on Law & Order from 2004 to 2006, Farina racked up an impressive list of credits that included the movies Saving Private Ryan for director Steven Spielberg, That Old Feeling with Bette Midler, Get Shorty with John Travolta, and Midnight Run with Robert DeNiro.
Originally posted 11/14/2012 09:00AM
Another era of Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy has come to an end.
Arguably the goofiest duo on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, Alley, 61, and Chmerkovskiy, 32, kept the jokes coming, even after being sent home during Tuesday night's double-elimination.
When asked how she managed to tame her bad-boy partner, Alley told PEOPLE with a laugh, "Tranquilizers. Horse tranquilizers because human ones didn't work."
Originally posted 11/11/2011 04:00PM
Police say they may have a case of life – and perhaps a crime – imitating television.
Julia Biryukova, 30, claims that her 2-year-old son, Sky, vanished from her parked car last weekend in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, Wash., after she left him alone when she ran out of gas and walked to a service station.
But police have yet to find young Sky Metalwala despite a wide-scale search involving scent-sniffing dogs, and now there are lingering questions about the mother's role in the case.
"We suspect foul play," Bellevue Police Major Mike Johnson said in a press conference Wednesday. "Nothing about the story adds up."
In a twist, he notes that a recent Law & Order: SVU episode that aired locally the night before Sky's disappearance was found to be "strikingly similar" to Biryukova's claims. The episode involved a mother who covers up her child's death by claiming it was abducted from a parked car.
Originally posted 09/16/2011 10:45AM
After 12 years on NBC, major upheavals are afoot for Law & Order: SVU.
First came word that Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay, who welcomed baby Amaya in March, would be scaling back on the job. Then, reports hit the Internet that Jennifer Love Hewitt would be stepping into the lead role.
Only SVU's executive producer and showrunner, Warren Leight, says "all of that changed" when longtime cast member Chris Meloni departed the show.
Originally posted 03/23/2009 06:50AM
After a nearly three-week absence, Mariska Hargitay is scheduled to return to the set of Law & Order: SVU on Monday, a rep for NBC confirms to PEOPLE.
Hargitay, 44, underwent surgery for a partially collapsed lung in early January, but returned to work later that month. She went back into the hospital again on March 3 and has been sidelined ever since. The Emmy winner has not revealed the cause of her ailment.
On March 9, Hargitay's rep issued a statement to say, "Mariska is recovering well and is expected to return to SVU in the next couple of weeks."
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