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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:51 AM

Charles Durning, `king of character actors,' dies in NY

Source: AP via HuffPo

LOS ANGELES 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.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20121225/us-obit-durning/



A link to a list of his films, here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001164/

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Reply Charles Durning, `king of character actors,' dies in NY (Original post)
Tx4obama Dec 2012 OP
Skittles Dec 2012 #1
Summer Hathaway Dec 2012 #2
cliffordu Dec 2012 #3
Aristus Dec 2012 #4
Journeyman Dec 2012 #5
secondvariety Dec 2012 #14
progressoid Dec 2012 #28
Kaleva Dec 2012 #6
CBHagman Dec 2012 #19
CreekDog Dec 2012 #7
blogslut Dec 2012 #8
Rowdyboy Dec 2012 #9
DinahMoeHum Dec 2012 #22
graham4anything Dec 2012 #10
JDPriestly Dec 2012 #11
xchrom Dec 2012 #12
TahitiNut Dec 2012 #13
Viva_La_Revolution Dec 2012 #15
Bluenorthwest Dec 2012 #16
Frank Cannon Dec 2012 #17
Gothmog Dec 2012 #18
lunatica Dec 2012 #20
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ellie Dec 2012 #23
ChazInAz Dec 2012 #24
Third Doctor Dec 2012 #25
The Wizard Dec 2012 #26
awoke_in_2003 Dec 2012 #27
Skittles Dec 2012 #29
Trajan Dec 2012 #30
Rhiannon12866 Dec 2012 #31
MADem Jan 2013 #32

Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:56 AM

1. one of the greats; they are fading fast now

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:57 AM

2. Truly sad news.

I was, and always will remain, an incurable fan of the man and his work.

RIP, Mr. Durning - and thanks for all you've contributed to the art of stage and film.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:09 AM

3. He was GREAT in Rescue Me.



Good night, brother, sleep well.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:21 AM

4. I adored Charles Durning.

What a great actor. Him and Jack Klugman both. What a tough blow...

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:21 AM

5. "Is you is or is you ain't . . . my constituents?" ~ "O Brother, Where Art Thou" . . .

yeah, he was a joy to watch. . .

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:37 AM

14. "We're MASS communicatin' !"

Sad to hear about Mr. Durning.

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Response to secondvariety (Reply #14)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:35 PM

28. "I invented moral fiber you sumbitch!"

Love that movie. He was great.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:23 AM

6. He was very lucky to survive WWII

"He was among the first wave of U.S. soldiers to land at Normandy during the D-Day invasion and the only member of his Army unit to survive. He killed several Germans and was wounded in the leg. Later he was bayoneted by a young German soldier whom he killed with a rock. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and survived a massacre of prisoners."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20121225/us-obit-durning/

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:02 AM

19. Thank you for mentioning his service.

I had no idea of his personal history and knew him only as a top character actor until he began appearing regularly at the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C., broadcast on PBS. He and fellow vets Ossie Davis and Tony Randall participated in the concert, as hosts or readers, at various times.

In recent years it was clear Durning's health was failing, and I missed his voice during the broadcasts.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 03:37 AM

7. to me, he'll always be

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 04:05 AM

8. One of my favorites

Among many things, he was a hoofer.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 04:06 AM

9. How sad...to lose Charles Durning and Jack Klugman on the same day....

One 89, one 90. Both giants in their field.

Rest easy old friends.

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Response to Rowdyboy (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:42 AM

22. They weren't the stuff of tabloids - thank G*d.

THAT speaks volumes about their professionalism and personal lives. Very rarely (if ever) did those 2 things meet.

Consummate professionals, both of them.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 04:16 AM

10. One of the greatest character actors ever. This is very sad.

 

Knew him personally in the 1970s, 1980s through work, one of the nicest people you ever met.
I didn't realize he was that old, he didn't look it or act it.
Glad that he was old enough to "die of natural causes"

This type of actor is becoming less and less, not many left.


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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 04:40 AM

11. One of the greats. This is a loss for all of us.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:07 AM

12. i'm so sad to hear this.

one of the great american actors.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:54 AM

13. He'll be sorely missed. Character actors are what make movie gold.

Charles Durning was the gold standard. When I choose movies to see in the theater, I always look at the supporting cast as my foremost criteria. THEY, far more than the stars, are what make the movies outstanding. Who'd think 'Pretty Woman' would have anywhere near the fans without Hector Elizondo? Tom Cruise, the most over-rated actor on the planet, owes his career to the supporting casts obtained by smart producers.

Charles Durning raised 'The Sting' at least one notch as the tenacious cop. As Jessica Lang's father and Dustin Hoffman's wannabe paramour, 'Tootsie' gained breadth and depth ... and more comedy gold.

He was the professional's professional. Reliable and collaborative, he made every actor with whom he worked better.

RIP, Mr. Durning.


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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:45 AM

15. I just watched Mr. st. Nick yesterday

played an excellent Santa.

RIP Mr. Durning

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:46 AM

16. Aw now that's sad news on Christmas...Durning was a great actor.

I once saw him play Norman in On Golden Pond with Julie Harris. Also watched him paint his fence for days on end up on Beachwood Canyon years ago, when the world was dewy and fresh....but that's something of a long story.
Good travels, Mr Durning.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:52 AM

17. North Dallas Forty

He was terrific in that movie, playing a harried NFL assistant coach who's continually swilling from a bottle of Maalox. It' s one of the greatest football movies ever made, and he helped make it.

http://m.youtube.com/?reload=9&rdm=mfca6b5cs#/watch?v=DCT__l4_m4g

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:00 AM

18. He was a very good actor

RIP

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:12 AM

20. He had a great charisma

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:26 AM

21. R.I.P.

to one of the most prolific character actors around. Seems that nowadays, they all want to be a "star" and those actors miss out on what folks like Mr. Durning brought to a performance - the creation of a sense of a depth to a story.

You will be missed.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:23 AM

23. RIP Charles

He was a great actor!

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:02 PM

24. Aw, jeez!

We lost another one. It was actors like Durning, Karloff and Klugman that showed me how important and rewarding being a character actor was.
There's a special place in the next world for those fellahs.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:46 PM

25. I remember him in

Darknight of the scarecrow.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 12:56 PM

26. Another good guy

exits the stage.

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 02:19 PM

27. He provided much entertainment for me. nt

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 02:49 AM

29. good article about character actors

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 06:14 AM

30. One of my favorites - Pappy O'Daniel



RIP Charles ....

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 07:46 AM

31. K&R. Very sad, he was great in everything he did...

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Response to Tx4obama (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 12:41 AM

32. I just now learned of his death--what a shame; great guy, and such a talent. nt

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