RIP Dannis Farina, aka Cousin Avi

Dennis Farina as Cousin Avi in the 2000 film Snatch. (Columbia Pictures)

Dennis Farina as Cousin Avi in the 2000 film Snatch. (Columbia Pictures)

To most people, Dennis Farina, who died Monday at age 69, may be best remembered as a tough-talking Chicago cop (which he actually was for 18 years, before becoming an actor) or as a tough-talking New York City police detective, which he ably played for two seasons as Joe Fontana on “Law & Order.”

But I think of Cousin Avi, the foul-mouthed, kipah-wearing Jew that Farina played in “Snatch,” the delightful British comedy crime movie (2000) directed by Guy Ritchie. The film, which opens with Benicio Del Toro playing a jewelry thief disguised as a hasidic Jew, showcased quintessential Farina. Here’s a taste:

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