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Charles Durning is Dead

Dead, Dead, DEAD!

by Jackiereply 4512/27/2012

R.I.P. The man was a war hero. He was in the Rangers on D-Day. Silver Star and the French Legion of Honor

by Jackiereply 112/25/2012

89. One year YOUNGER than Jack Klugman.

by Jackiereply 212/25/2012

Who will be 3rd?

by Jackiereply 312/25/2012

Bob Barker?

by Jackiereply 412/25/2012

Billy Crystal's movie career.

by Jackiereply 512/25/2012

Liked him as Denis Leary's father on "Rescue Me."

by Jackiereply 612/25/2012

Bush, The Elder

Hospitalized for the last month, his funeral will allow Bar one last media cuntravaganza.

by Jackiereply 712/25/2012

I always got him mixed up with Brian dennehy

by Jackiereply 812/25/2012

His obit in the Times is fascinating and moving, especially the last few paragraphs.

by Jackiereply 912/25/2012

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.

by Jackiereply 1012/25/2012

My favorite.

by Jackiereply 1112/25/2012

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.

by Jackiereply 1212/25/2012

Damn! They are dropping like flies. First Jack Klugman, now Charles Durning!

Yet Luise Rainer and Zsa Zsa live on.

by Jackiereply 1312/25/2012

[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.

by Jackiereply 1412/25/2012

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!

by Jackiereply 1512/25/2012

Who is the next character actor to die?

by Jackiereply 1612/25/2012

He was a hot daddy-bear in his day!

by Jackiereply 1712/25/2012

Vincent Gardenia was our brother.

by Jackiereply 1812/25/2012

He was also unforgettable as the police lieutenant in Dog Day Afternoon.

by Jackiereply 1912/25/2012

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".

by Jackiereply 2012/25/2012

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.

by Jackiereply 2112/25/2012

I thought he was dead long ago.

He was always kind of fat, wasn't he?

by Jackiereply 2212/25/2012

I thought it was Oh Brother...something else?

by Jackiereply 2312/25/2012

Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?, R23.

by Jackiereply 2412/25/2012

yes, r23. (sheepish grin)

by Jackiereply 2512/25/2012

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.

by Jackiereply 2612/25/2012

r8: You're not the only one.

Much prefer Durning.

by Jackiereply 2712/25/2012

Wonderful actor. Saw him play Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Kathleen Turner.

by Jackiereply 2812/25/2012

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.

by Jackiereply 2912/25/2012

He will not be Home for the Holidays.

by Jackiereply 3012/25/2012

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.

by Jackiereply 3112/25/2012

It is written that he died of natural causes. In that case he was lucky. God bless him, anyway.

by Jackiereply 3212/25/2012


by Jackiereply 3312/25/2012

Frankly OP, you just don't have the wit needed for DL.

by Jackiereply 3412/25/2012

He was 89! I had no idea he was that old.

by Jackiereply 3512/25/2012

As the priest on "Everybody loves Raymond", he was wonderfully tired and fed up with the crazy Barones.

by Jackiereply 3612/25/2012

I have enjoyed him in everything I've seen him in, which is a ton of things. What a remarkable life story!

by Jackiereply 3712/25/2012

[quote]What a remarkable life story!

And millions of men were equally remarkable.

We are much poorer for their loss.

by Jackiereply 3812/26/2012

Loved him on 'Evening Shade' when he, Burt Reynolds and Michael Jeter were all trapped outdoors in the raw.

by Jackiereply 3912/26/2012

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.

by Jackiereply 4012/26/2012

He was great as Pappy O'Daniel.

by Jackiereply 4112/26/2012

I saw him in When A Stranger Calls and The Hindenburg. I didn't know he did other things.

by Jackiereply 4212/26/2012

Oh, the nasty things he did for me. Belongs on the Mount Rushmore of husky hunks.

by Jackiereply 4312/27/2012

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.

by Jackiereply 4412/27/2012

"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.

by Jackiereply 4512/27/2012
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