Dead, Dead, DEAD!
Charles Durning is Dead
|by Jackie||reply 45||12/27/2012|
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 Jackie||reply 1||12/25/2012|
89. One year YOUNGER than Jack Klugman.
|by Jackie||reply 2||12/25/2012|
Who will be 3rd?
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|by Jackie||reply 4||12/25/2012|
Billy Crystal's movie career.
|by Jackie||reply 5||12/25/2012|
Liked him as Denis Leary's father on "Rescue Me."
|by Jackie||reply 6||12/25/2012|
Bush, The Elder
Hospitalized for the last month, his funeral will allow Bar one last media cuntravaganza.
|by Jackie||reply 7||12/25/2012|
I always got him mixed up with Brian dennehy
|by Jackie||reply 8||12/25/2012|
His obit in the Times is fascinating and moving, especially the last few paragraphs.
|by Jackie||reply 9||12/25/2012|
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 Jackie||reply 10||12/25/2012|
|by Jackie||reply 11||12/25/2012|
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 Jackie||reply 12||12/25/2012|
Damn! They are dropping like flies. First Jack Klugman, now Charles Durning!
Yet Luise Rainer and Zsa Zsa live on.
|by Jackie||reply 13||12/25/2012|
[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 Jackie||reply 14||12/25/2012|
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 Jackie||reply 15||12/25/2012|
Who is the next character actor to die?
|by Jackie||reply 16||12/25/2012|
He was a hot daddy-bear in his day!
|by Jackie||reply 17||12/25/2012|
Vincent Gardenia was our brother.
|by Jackie||reply 18||12/25/2012|
He was also unforgettable as the police lieutenant in Dog Day Afternoon.
|by Jackie||reply 19||12/25/2012|
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 Jackie||reply 20||12/25/2012|
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 Jackie||reply 21||12/25/2012|
I thought he was dead long ago.
He was always kind of fat, wasn't he?
|by Jackie||reply 22||12/25/2012|
I thought it was Oh Brother...something else?
|by Jackie||reply 23||12/25/2012|
Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?, R23.
|by Jackie||reply 24||12/25/2012|
yes, r23. (sheepish grin)
|by Jackie||reply 25||12/25/2012|
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 Jackie||reply 26||12/25/2012|
r8: You're not the only one.
Much prefer Durning.
|by Jackie||reply 27||12/25/2012|
Wonderful actor. Saw him play Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Kathleen Turner.
|by Jackie||reply 28||12/25/2012|
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 Jackie||reply 29||12/25/2012|
He will not be Home for the Holidays.
|by Jackie||reply 30||12/25/2012|
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 Jackie||reply 31||12/25/2012|
It is written that he died of natural causes. In that case he was lucky. God bless him, anyway.
|by Jackie||reply 32||12/25/2012|
A GREAT AMERICAN ACTOR.
|by Jackie||reply 33||12/25/2012|
Frankly OP, you just don't have the wit needed for DL.
|by Jackie||reply 34||12/25/2012|
He was 89! I had no idea he was that old.
|by Jackie||reply 35||12/25/2012|
As the priest on "Everybody loves Raymond", he was wonderfully tired and fed up with the crazy Barones.
|by Jackie||reply 36||12/25/2012|
I have enjoyed him in everything I've seen him in, which is a ton of things. What a remarkable life story!
|by Jackie||reply 37||12/25/2012|
[quote]What a remarkable life story!
And millions of men were equally remarkable.
We are much poorer for their loss.
|by Jackie||reply 38||12/26/2012|
Loved him on 'Evening Shade' when he, Burt Reynolds and Michael Jeter were all trapped outdoors in the raw.
|by Jackie||reply 39||12/26/2012|
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 Jackie||reply 40||12/26/2012|
He was great as Pappy O'Daniel.
|by Jackie||reply 41||12/26/2012|
I saw him in When A Stranger Calls and The Hindenburg. I didn't know he did other things.
|by Jackie||reply 42||12/26/2012|
Oh, the nasty things he did for me. Belongs on the Mount Rushmore of husky hunks.
|by Jackie||reply 43||12/27/2012|
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 Jackie||reply 44||12/27/2012|
"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 Jackie||reply 45||12/27/2012|