What’s my favorite actor, Dennis Farina, up to these days?
—Fred Oliver, St. Louis, Mo.
Farina, 67, has been filming Luck, an upcoming HBO series about characters tied to the same horseracing track, in which he stars alongside Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. The Chicago native will also play the title role in a new theatrical movie called The Last Rites of Joe May, a Chicago-based drama about an aging hustler. “Joe May is a street-smart ne’er-do-well who’ll do anything to survive,” he says of his character. When he’s not making movies, Farina is watching them, particularly Westerns. “Red River is my favorite. It’s the first movie I remember as a kid going to see with my dad.”