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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:28 AM

RIP Charles Durning

Charles Durning, Prolific Character Actor, Dies at 89

Charles Durning, who overcame poverty, battlefield trauma and nagging self-doubt to become an acclaimed character actor, whether on stage as Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” or in film as the lonely widower smitten with a cross-dressing Dustin Hoffman in “Tootsie,” died Monday in New York. He was 89. He died of natural causes, The Associated Press reported, citing Judith Moss, his agent and friend. Charles Durning may not have been a household name, but with his pugnacious features and imposing bulk he was a familiar presence in American movies, television and theater, even if often overshadowed by the headliners.



http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/movies/charles-durning-prolific-character-actor-dies-at-89.html?pagewanted=all

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justiceischeap Dec 2012 OP
Sherman A1 Dec 2012 #1
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #33
peacebird Dec 2012 #2
blackdiamond62 Dec 2012 #10
hlthe2b Dec 2012 #3
trumad Dec 2012 #4
Skittles Dec 2012 #35
Cursive Dec 2012 #5
Poll_Blind Dec 2012 #6
BeyondGeography Dec 2012 #7
Godot51 Dec 2012 #8
no_hypocrisy Dec 2012 #9
Siwsan Dec 2012 #11
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #25
geckosfeet Dec 2012 #12
In_The_Wind Dec 2012 #13
Danmel Dec 2012 #14
Liberal In Texas Dec 2012 #15
ananda Dec 2012 #16
justiceischeap Dec 2012 #18
Skittles Dec 2012 #37
Oilwellian Dec 2012 #17
VAliberal Dec 2012 #19
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #20
mrmpa Dec 2012 #23
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #26
mrmpa Dec 2012 #28
Whovian Dec 2012 #21
progressoid Dec 2012 #38
PCIntern Dec 2012 #22
Gidney N Cloyd Dec 2012 #24
PCIntern Dec 2012 #27
Gothmog Dec 2012 #29
Graybeard Dec 2012 #30
Little Star Dec 2012 #31
ellisonz Dec 2012 #32
Skittles Dec 2012 #34
rhett o rick Dec 2012 #36
liberal_at_heart Dec 2012 #39
DeSwiss Dec 2012 #40

Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:47 AM

1. Always enjoyed his works

he appeared to be a good guy. A loss for us all.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 01:15 PM

33. He was one of a rare few survivors of a horrendous WW2 massacre.

I had to look it up on Wiki, had never heard of it.
From the sound of it, surviving the event was a miracle.

The Malmedy massacre was a war crime in which 80 American prisoners of war were murdered by their German captors during World War II.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malmedy_massacre

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:55 AM

2. Loved him as the slippery politician in the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas!

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Response to peacebird (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:34 AM

10. Great performance

in a mediocre movie. I've seen "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" about 25 times. Charles Durning's dancing and singing literally stole the movie and he received a well deserved Oscar nomination. He was the only reason I've seen this movie it so many times. He was a great character actor, screen, stage and television, he could do it all. Rest in Peace ! You and your talent will be missed.

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:13 AM

3. Very talented actor... RIP, Mr. Durning

You'll be missed.

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:31 AM

4. He was great in Tootsie

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Response to trumad (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:39 PM

35. and Dog Day Afternoon

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:37 AM

5. Aww, Doc Hopper.

RIP

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:42 AM

6. Incredible actor. RIP. nt

PB

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:06 AM

7. True Confessions, for another example of his greatness

RIP

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:09 AM

8. Merged With the Infinite

We regretfully announce that at thirty seconds after the hour of noon, Hudsucker Time, Waring Hudsucker, founder, president and chairman of the board of Hudsucker industries, merged with the infinite.

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:19 AM

9. Charles Durning as the governor of Texas in "Best Little Whorehouse" (Sidestep)



Classic!

I also saw CD onstage with Tony Randall on Broadway/National Theatre's Inherit The Wind.


RIP Mr. Durning. I've loved you since you portrayed Detective Schneider in The Sting.

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:16 AM

11. I have a deep appreciation for charactor actors, and he was one of the best

I am beginning to realize that some of the most talented and luckiest actors in the business are the core group of 'character' actors like Charles Durning, Ned Beaty, Edie McClurg, even Jeffrey Jones, before his legal problems. They have to be incredibly diverse, some get tons of work, and they can usually still have a private life.

I watch a lot of old movies and always notice the same faces popping up in films, in supporting roles, but usually some of the best and most memorable charaters in the film.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:25 AM

25. Totally agree with you.

I often watch a movie ( thanks, Netflix) because of the character actors.
They continue to work while "stars" come and go.

There may still be a fun website dedicated to character actors, I saw it a few years ago.

Mr. d and I have fun trying to identify the more obscure ones from the 1940's/'50's movies.

Ned Beatty is one of the greats, in my book.

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:31 AM

12. I remember him as Pappy O'Daniel in O Brother Where Art Though

One of my favorite fun movies

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:35 AM

13. Rest in peace, Charles Durning.

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:36 AM

14. What an interesting obituary

He had a very hard life as a young man

I just loved him in Tootsie. He was a fine actor. RIP, Charles Durning. You have earned your rest.

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:00 AM

15. Another of the Great Actors passes.

Loved him in everything, but really liked him as the captain in "Lakeboat".

RIP Mr. Durning

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Response to Liberal In Texas (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:04 AM

16. RIP

God, that's two in a row: Klugman and now Durning.

Is character acting still even viable or appreciated like that these days?

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Response to ananda (Reply #16)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:17 AM

18. I think so.

Luiz Guzman
James Rebhorn
Robert Prosky
Harry Dean Stanton
J.T. Walsh
Edward Herrmann
Jeff Daniels
David Paymer
John C. Reilly
Stephen Tobolowsky
Zach Grenier
Clancy Brown

Here's a list of 300 of them at IMDB
http://www.imdb.com/list/eV8-oqaVf54/

I think what separates today's character actors from those of old is the proliferation of TV gigs. A lot of them are seen on the small screen and you just don't get much accolades in that medium--though there are some well-deserved character actors on TV.

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Response to justiceischeap (Reply #18)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:05 AM

37. one of my favorites: Mark Blum

Crocodile Dundee, Desperately Seeking Susan ("My wife has just been picked up on the lower East side, escaping from her gun-toting PIMP!"

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:15 AM

17. He will be missed n/t

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:32 AM

19. rip

"Dark Night of the Scarecrow" classic made for tv Halloween movie.

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:54 AM

20. He and Peter Falk made a marvelous, obscure movie that I still remember all these years ago.

That is, everything but the damn title!
Falk was a jewel thief getting on in years, Durning was his partner and BFF, and Falk fell in love with a gorgeous woman who ran
a high end dress ?..shop.
I even saw it twice, it was a wonderful sweet movie. Very moving, and Durning and Falk were a marvelous pair, playing off each other so well.
Wish I could remember the title, I would like to find it.

R.I.P., Mr. Durning. You were such a good actor.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #20)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:59 AM

23. Happy New Year mde in 1987.......eom

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Response to mrmpa (Reply #23)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:28 AM

26. Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

That's it!!!!
And HOW could I have forgotten the disguises that Falk wore?

Gotta go see if I can find a copy......
you made my day!


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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #26)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:31 AM

28. You're welcome..............

I didn't know the film. I just went to IMDB.com and did an advanced search, which showed me what movie(s) these two men appeared in together.

If you ever get stuck again, that's how you do it.

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:57 AM

21. I will remember him for his role in Oh, Brother.

 

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Response to Whovian (Reply #21)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:15 AM

38. +1

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:57 AM

22. "Stick" with Burt Reynolds was a fave of mine...

Great film largely unseen. Candace Bergen was white-hot in those days. Durning had a role as a slimy drug addled creep. Great holiday watching after the food settles in...

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Response to PCIntern (Reply #22)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:20 AM

24. He was a regular on Reynolds' sitcom, too.

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Response to Gidney N Cloyd (Reply #24)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:31 AM

27. Neat...didn't know that

Thanks!

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:51 AM

29. RIP

He was a great actor. May he rest in peace

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:54 AM

30. Nou-gahts?

One of his Oscar nominations was for the Nazi colonel in the Mel Brooks remake of To Be Or Not To Be.

When Durning offers Mel Brooks the candy with the one word, "Nougahts?" you can see that Brooks can hardly contain himself. I wonder how many takes they had to do without laughing?

Wonderful memories. RIP to a fine actor.

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 11:49 AM

31. RIP Mr. Durning.

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:17 PM

32. ...

Then came World War II, and he enlisted in the Army. His combat experiences were harrowing. He was in the first wave of troops to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day and his unit’s lone survivor of a machine-gun ambush. In Belgium he was stabbed in hand-to-hand combat with a German soldier, whom he bludgeoned to death with a rock. Fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he and the rest of his company were captured and forced to march through a pine forest at Malmedy, the scene of an infamous massacre in which the Germans opened fire on almost 90 prisoners. Mr. Durning was among the few to escape.

By the war’s end he had been awarded a Silver Star for valor and three Purple Hearts, having suffered gunshot and shrapnel wounds as well. He spent months in hospitals and was treated for psychological trauma.


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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:37 PM

34. aw how I loved Charles Durning

there wasn't an acting job he could not master

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Response to Skittles (Reply #34)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:29 AM

36. Very well put. nm

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:19 AM

39. being big doesn't always mean an early death

He was a big man and had a long life. I loved his acting. Rest in Peace.

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Response to justiceischeap (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:26 AM

40. Words are always inadequate.

Go in peace. And don't forget the cat...



K&R

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