Bush, The Elder
Hospitalized for the last month, his funeral will allow Bar one last media cuntravaganza.
I always got him mixed up with Brian dennehy
His obit in the Times is fascinating and moving, especially the last few paragraphs.
He, along with the late, great Maureen Stapleton, was in a real tear jerker of a movie called something like "The Stardust Ballroom." A real touching story about two older people who meet and fall in love at a dance. But..... it turns out that he is married.
Happiness and sadness ensue and they were both great in the movie.
Who are the actors and actresses to replace these great and wonderful old character actors when they die?
I don't think Hollywood is making them anymore.
Damn! They are dropping like flies. First Jack Klugman, now Charles Durning!
Yet Luise Rainer and Zsa Zsa live on.
[quote] He, along with the late, great Maureen Stapleton, was in a real tear jerker of a movie called something like "The Stardust Ballroom."
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom was the title. Later made into a Broadway musical starring Dorothy Loudon and Vincent Gardenia.
I saw Durning reprise his role in the musical version in a Long Beach, CA production in 1993 with Tyne Daly in the Maureen Stapleton role.
Worked with him in the mid-90s. Had to take his measurements and found to our mutual embarrassment that went I put the standard 60" tape measure around his waist, it wasn't long enough!
But he was a lovely, funny sweet man and considering his girth and shortish height (about 5'9" IIRC) he was quite graceful and bouncy on his feet (at least in the mid-90s).
Loved him in TOOTSIE!
Who is the next character actor to die?
He was a hot daddy-bear in his day!
Vincent Gardenia was our brother.
He was also unforgettable as the police lieutenant in Dog Day Afternoon.
Never get tired of that clip R11. He was amazing, in that he was indeed a boxer and survived D-Day, yet was so full of talent that in five minutes of screen time he not only stole the entire picture but was nominated for an Academy Award as the Gov in "Whorehouse".
He was great In Oh Brother, can you spare a dime? So light on his feet for such a portly fellow. He was also so sweet as the besotted suitor of Dustin Hoffman's alter ego, Dorthy Michaels, in Tootsie. A true talent and a real gentleman. R.I.P.
I thought he was dead long ago.
He was always kind of fat, wasn't he?
I thought it was Oh Brother...something else?
Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?, R23.
yes, r23. (sheepish grin)
First saw Durning when I was a college teen on a Christmas trip to NY at an Actors Fund performance of That Championship Season on Broadway.
He and Paul Sorvino played the ultimate fat fuck small town politicos but their performances were riveting and unforgettable, especially to a young theater student geek like me.
r8: You're not the only one.
Much prefer Durning.
Wonderful actor. Saw him play Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Kathleen Turner.
Proof that longevity is genetic. My hugely obese aunt just died at 85. Her sister is about as fat and is alive and still SMOKING.
He will not be Home for the Holidays.
Wow, that's quite an obit in the NY Times. What a life. young actors should have to read it and quit bitching about how hard their lives are. One of those people who is instantly recognizable to me when he pops up in something.
It is written that he died of natural causes. In that case he was lucky. God bless him, anyway.
A GREAT AMERICAN ACTOR.
Frankly OP, you just don't have the wit needed for DL.
He was 89! I had no idea he was that old.
As the priest on "Everybody loves Raymond", he was wonderfully tired and fed up with the crazy Barones.
I have enjoyed him in everything I've seen him in, which is a ton of things. What a remarkable life story!
[quote]What a remarkable life story!
And millions of men were equally remarkable.
We are much poorer for their loss.
Loved him on 'Evening Shade' when he, Burt Reynolds and Michael Jeter were all trapped outdoors in the raw.
Neither did I, r35. He always looked perpetually old, but healthy enough I never thought about him aging.
I **loved** him in the Homicide episode. Very nuanced portrayal of an unsympathetic character.
I saw him in When A Stranger Calls and The Hindenburg. I didn't know he did other things.
Oh, the nasty things he did for me. Belongs on the Mount Rushmore of husky hunks.
He could take the simple role of Dad In Front Of The TV and make it iconic, as he did in Home for the Holidays.
"So light on his feet for such a portly fellow."
You should see him in "True Confessions" (an excellent film noir, BTW, with Robert DeNiro and Robert Duvall): Durning dances an Irish jig at his daughter's wedding, and he is delightful to watch.
Loved him in everything, he was the epitome of the American character actor. RIP Mr. Durning.