Charles Durning, Oscar-nominated king of the character actors, dies at 89 in NYC

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  1. MutteringJohn

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    LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Charles Durning, the two-time Oscar nominee who was dubbed the king of the character actors for his skill in playing everything from a Nazi colonel to the pope, died Monday at his home in New York City. He was 89.

    Durning's longtime agent and friend Judith Moss told The Associated Press that he died Monday of natural causes in his home in the borough of Manhattan.
    Although he portrayed everyone from blustery public officials to comic foils to put-upon everymen, Durning may be best remembered by movie audiences for his Oscar-nominated, over-the-top role as a comically corrupt governor in 1982's "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."
    Many critics marveled that such a heavyset man could be so nimble in the film's show-stopping song-and-dance number, not realizing Durning had been a dance instructor early in his career. Indeed, he had met his first wife, Carol, when both worked at a dance studio.
    The year after "Best Little Whorehouse," Durning received another Oscar nomination, for his portrayal of a bumbling Nazi officer in Mel Brooks' "To Be or Not to Be." He was also nominated for a Golden Globe as the harried police lieutenant in 1975's "Dog Day Afternoon."
    He won a Golden Globe as best supporting TV actor in 1991 for his portrayal of John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald in the TV film "The Kennedys of Massachusetts" and a Tony in 1990 as Big Daddy in the Broadway revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
    Durning had begun his career on stage, getting his first big break when theatrical producer Joseph Papp hired him for the New York Shakespeare Festival.
    He went on to work regularly, if fairly anonymously, through the 1960s until his breakout role as a small town mayor in the Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning play "That Championship Season" in 1972.
    He quickly made an impression on movie audiences the following year as the crooked cop stalking con men Paul Newman and Robert Redford in the Oscar-winning comedy "The Sting."


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    That's a shame, he was one of the great character actors. :rip:


    In the special features of The Final Countdown, the F-14 pilots that did all the flying in the film had a reunion to talk about the experience. They said that when they would finish for the day and relax in the Florida hotel bar, Charles Durning would come in and immediately come and buy all their drinks and sit with them for hours. He would honor their service and treat them with the up most respect. They had nothing but great things to say about him and admiration for his kindness. They said the opposite about Katharine Ross, the pilots saw her alone once in the bar and invited her to join them, she scoffed and looked at them in disgust and then left.


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    So sad. One of my newer holiday traditions is to watch "Home for the Holidays" every Thanksgiving, he played the patriarch in the movie. :rip:
     
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    Saw him perform opposite George C. Scott in "Inherit The Wind" in the mid 90s. He put his heart in any role he played.
     
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    I always think of him who proposed to Tootsie.
     
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    He was awesome in to be or not to be with mel brooks

    sad
     
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    Beat a fucking Nazi to death with a rock.
     
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    Boy, theyre dropping like flies now...:rip:
     
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    :rip:


    now I'm really sad.

    I didn't realize he was 89. wow.
     
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    That and it does seem a lot of older folk die around this time of year.
     
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    He died in a great scene on Rescue me...:up:
     
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    Mr. Durning played the wise country doctor in Evening Shade. Among the best roles ever in a TV series- funny, poignant and demanding of respect. He could make me howl with laughter one minute and tear up the next. Great actor in every role he played.
     
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    I just read on CBS headline news, Jack Klugman died this morning too :(
     
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    He played Sgt. Moretti in "Dog Day Afternoon"

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    He's an honest to God war hero. God bless him. RIP.
     
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    a lot of folks from that generation are, its sad theyre passing..:usflag:
     
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    I read that in his bio and was like, "holy fucking crap. Put THAT in a movie, Speilberg!" One quote I read when an interviewer in the 90's asked about his COMBAT service (not button-pushing), he replied something like, "I don't want to talk about it because I don't want you to see me cry."

    The shit we put our COMBAT vets through is extraordinary. His father was a COMBAT vet, too, and Durning suffered as a child for it because his paps could not work. The guy was a combat vet all his life, essentially.

    Anyways.

    I love the character-actors. They're like the offensive linemen of Hollywood. They're not the focus, but without them, things can really suck.

    Here's a good article on the guy. RIP, big-man. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local...835b-02f92c0daa43_allComments.html?ctab=all_&
     
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    As long as Gene Hackman and Jerry Lewis are still here, I'm happy.
     
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    Gene's last movie was Welcome to Mooseport or some such. :facepalm:
     
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    That was awful. I saw about 5 minutes of it. Ray Romano? Yikes and Oy Vey. A pay check's a pay check, especially when your his age.
    But even that bomb can't tarnish his stellar career.
     
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