Dennis Farina apologizes for arrest with gun

Mon May 12, 2008 5:41pm EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Dennis Farina, who was arrested on Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport for carrying a loaded gun on his way to board a plane, has apologized for the incident.

The 64-year-old former policeman who built a Hollywood career playing detectives issued a statement saying he was embarrassed by the arrest.

"I apologize to anyone and everyone that I have caused any embarrassment or inconvenience to," Farina said. "It is my own stupidity to find myself in this embarrassing situation. I'll be spending the next few days kicking my own a--. No one is more embarrassed than myself."

Farina told police he brought the .22 caliber, semi-automatic pistol with him on a drive from Arizona to Los Angeles and forgot it was in his briefcase when he tried to pass through airport security to board a flight to Chicago.

The actor, perhaps best known for his role of New York Detective Joe Fontana on the television crime series "Law & Order," was booked on a felony count of carrying a loaded firearm.

(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

<p>Actor Dennis Farina poses at the premiere of his new film "The Grand", set in the world of professional poker, in Hollywood, California March 5 2008 . REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>