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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:40 PM

In memory of the late, great Charles Durning who died yesterday:

Dance a Little Side Step

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Reply In memory of the late, great Charles Durning who died yesterday: (Original post)
1monster Dec 2012 OP
monmouth3 Dec 2012 #1
Skittles Dec 2012 #9
LeftofObama Dec 2012 #2
Still Blue in PDX Dec 2012 #18
Az_lefty Dec 2012 #3
ReRe Dec 2012 #4
Still Blue in PDX Dec 2012 #19
ReRe Dec 2012 #20
Hassin Bin Sober Dec 2012 #5
kayakjohnny Dec 2012 #6
Tom_Foolery Dec 2012 #7
MostlyAmused Dec 2012 #8
Capt.Rocky300 Dec 2012 #10
Theyletmeeatcake2 Dec 2012 #11
davidwparker Dec 2012 #12
Hotler Dec 2012 #13
progressoid Dec 2012 #17
niyad Dec 2012 #14
Bucky Dec 2012 #15
hourglass1 Dec 2012 #16

Response to 1monster (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 05:55 PM

1. Thank you for posting this wonderfully talented man. Prior to his "making it" he taught dancing

many years ago. He was also a great dramatic actor, recently I saw him on an episode of NCIS and was stunned by his caring and artful way of depicting an aging veteran. He will be so missed.

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:58 PM

9. from his IMDB page


It's hard to describe what we all went through that day, but those of us who were there will understand. We were frightened all the time. My sergeant said 'are you scared, son?' and I said 'yes, I am', and he said 'that's good, it's good to be scared', he said 'we all are'. This guy in the boat, he turned to me and he threw up all over me, and I got seasick. He was scared. You're not thinking about anything, you're just thinking about you hope that shell that just went off isn't going to hit this boat. Even the guys who had seen a lot of action before, and this was my first time, they were just as ashen as I was, and I was frightened to death. I was the second man off my barge and the first and third men got killed. First guy the ramp went down, the guy fell and I tried to leap over him and I stumbled and we both slipped into the water. We were supposed to be able to walk into shore but they didn't bring us far enough. And I was in 60 feet of water with a 60 pound pack on, so I let it all go.

I came up and I didn't have a helmet, a rifle, nothing. I hit the beach, the guys pulled me in who were already there, I'd lost everything; but they said 'you'll find plenty of them on the beach, rifles, helmets, that belong to nobody'. Nobody knew where we were supposed to go, there was nobody in charge, you were on your own. All around me people were being shot at, I saw bodies all over the place; but you didn't know if they were alive or dead, they were just lying there.

We got behind this tank to protect ourselves; we're holding our own when they called us over to them. I asked the sergeant 'you want me to go first or you go first?' He said 'you go first, I'll be right behind you'. I heard an explosion, and I turned around, and his torso was here, and his body was over there.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:08 PM

2. Somehow, I knew before I opened this thread

it was going to be this song! My favorite musical of all time EVER! He was excellent as the governor!

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Response to LeftofObama (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:29 PM

18. Me too! nt

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:08 PM

3. RIP Mr. Durning

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:18 PM

4. One of the Greats for sure!

K&R

Was a great character actor. One of those you never forget. But I must say I forget this dancing scene. He must have been nominated for am Oscar for that scene alone. And I hadn't heard that he has passed. Rest in peace, Charles. We will miss you.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:30 PM

19. I do believe this was nominated for "best song."

I could be wrong, though. It should have been, in any case.

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Response to Still Blue in PDX (Reply #19)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:44 PM

20. He was in "Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou"

...as the Governor also. Lead song in that movie was the best Bluegrass song I ever heard.
I think the song was titled "Man of Constant Sorrows"??

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 06:56 PM

5. Thanks for the smile.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:15 PM

6. Loved it! I laughed.

It's catchy too.

Thanks for posting.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:18 PM

7. One of the best!!! RIP Mr. Durning. n/t

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 07:20 PM

8. and so much more than I knew.

Awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, three Purple Hearts, in addition to either being nominated or winning Oscars, Emmies, Golden Globes, Tony awards, and a Screen Actors Guild lifetime achievement award. Born into a life of poverty and lost 5 siblings to disease.

The only one in his unit to survive D-Day.

Astounding life, and an inspiring example of how to get beyond the hard parts.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:13 PM

10. In his later years, wouldn't he have made the coolest Grandpa ever?

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:14 PM

11. What a man!

What a hard life! Maybe some more politicians could've gone through similar experiences to make warmongering seem less appealing.While comedic his portrayal of a Texas Governor seems
almost true to life.Vale to a good man...

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:22 PM

12. Agreed.

We need more musicals.

RIP.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:35 PM

13. Oh brother where Art Thou.

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Response to Hotler (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 03:42 PM

17. Nice.

One of my favorites.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 08:42 PM

14. so he and jack klugman both died yesteray? who is #3 (because they do seem to come in 3's)

seriously, though, I always thought he was a wonderfully talented individual, and enjoyed his work.

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 05:23 AM

15. He always reminded me of Stephen Douglas, who he played on TV


In fact, when I googled their names together, looking for clips of his performance in The Rivals (1975), all I could find was a post I'd made myself in this forum two years ago, showing their resemblance.

==> http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=105x9511656

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Response to 1monster (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 07:59 AM

16. That was simply GREAT

thank you for the post
RIP good sir!

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