Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Former Jobs of 12 Celebrities

Dennis Farina

Italian-American actor Dennis Farina often portrays cops, detectives, or mobsters and is best known for his roles in Law & Order, Crime Story, and Get Shorty. Some may think he's being typecast, but it's no wonder that Farina is so comfortable in his roles -- from 1967 to 1985, he actually was a police officer with the Chicago Police Department. Farina caught the acting bug after working with director Michael Mann as a police consultant. He started out in community theater and with bit parts on television before landing a starring role in Crime Story in 1986.