Charles Durning

Actor | * 02/28/1923 († 89, 12/24/2012) | Highland Falls, New York (United States of America (USA))
Charles Edward Durning (February 28, 1923 – December 24, 2012) was an American actor who appeared in over 200 movies, television shows and plays. Durning's best-known films include The Sting (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), The Muppet Movie (1979), True Confessions (1981), Tootsie (1982), Dick Tracy (1990), and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for both The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) and To Be or Not to Be (1983). Prior to his acting career, Durning served ... ()
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WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor are all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning is one of Hollywood's most dependable and sought after supporting actors who first got his start in guest appearances in early 1960's TV shows. He scored minor roles over the next decade until he really got noticed by film fans as the sneering, corrupt Cop "Lt. Snyder" hassling street grifter 'Robert Redford' in the multi award winning mega-hit The Sting (1973). Durning was equally entertaining in the Billy Wilder production of The Front Page (1974), he supported screen tough guy Charles Bronson in the suspenseful western Breakheart Pass (1975) and featured as "Spermwhale Whalen" in the story of unorthodox police behavior in The Choirboys (1977).The versatile Durning is equally adept at comedic roles and demonstrated his skills as "Doc Hopper" in The Muppet Movie (1979), a feisty football coach in North Dallas Forty (1979), a highly strung police officer berating maverick Cop Burt Reynolds in Sharky's Machine (1981), and a light footed, dancing Governor (alongside Burt Reynolds once more) in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982). Durning continued a regular on screen association with Burt Reynolds appearing in several more feature films together and as "Dr. Harlan Elldridge" in the highly popular TV series Evening Shade (1990). On par with his multitude of feature film roles, Durning has always been in high demand on television and has guest starred in Everybody Loves Raymond (1996), Monk (2002) and Rescue Me (2004). Plus, he has appeared in the role of "Santa Claus" in five different television movies.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Crime

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Awards & Nominations for Charles Durning

Bronze Star Medal Purple Heart Legion of Honour Silver Star Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award Star On Hollywood Walk of Fame 2x Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Movies with Charles Durning as Actor(150)

as Himself (archive footage)2019 LA DA Story
as Santa Claus2015 Bleeding Hearts
as Dylan Frier2013 Scavenger Killers
as Judge Frier2011 The Great Fight
as James Wise2011 The Life Zone
as Congressman Davenport2011 Naked Run
as Frank 'The Handler' Maro2010 The Waiter
as Man in the White Suit2010 An Affirmative Act
as The Wise Man2009 Break
as Charlie Adler2008 Deal
as Dr. Seamus St. Martin2008 iMurders
as Charlie2008 Good Dick
as Charlie Rosenberg2008 A Bunch of Amateurs
as John Bartlett2008 The Golden Boys
as Alexander Hathaway2007 Kinky Killers
as Captain Pete Weaver2006 Miracle Dogs Too
as Yammi2006 Local Color
as Tom Billingsley2006 Desperation
as Eddie O'Brien2006 Forget About It
as Inkeeper #22006 Descansos
as Harold's Father2006 Unbeatable Harold
as Victor Rasdale2005 Dirty Deeds
as The Lawyer2005 The L.A. Riot Spectacular
as Santa Claus2004 A Boyfriend for Christmas
as Marshall Ledger2004 Death and Texas
as Philly Russo2002 Turn of Faith
as George2002 Mother Ghost
as Nicholas XX2002 Mr. St. Nick
as Menelaus "Pappy" O'Daniel2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou?
as Syd Wolf2000 The Last Producer
as Skippy2000 Lakeboat
as Paddy Mulroney2000 Very Mean Men
as Mayor George Bailey2000 State and Main
as Det. Charlie Duffy1999 Hard Time: The Premonition
as Det. Charlie Duffy1999 Hard Time: Hostage Hotel
as Moe Ryan1999 Justice
as Vic1998 Jerry and Tom
as Earl Pulmer1998 A Chance of Snow
as Det. Charlie Duffy1998 Hard Time
as Capt. Robert Landis1998 Shelter
as Fatty1998 Hi-Life
as Norbie Hess1997 The Secret Life of Algernon
as The Director1996 Spy Hard
as Santa Claus1996 Mrs. Santa Claus
as Lew1996 One Fine Day
as Andrew Alcott1995 A Woman of Independent Means
as Henry Larson1995 Home for the Holidays
as Reverend Buster1995 The Grass Harp
as Reverend Gerald Hutchens1995 The Last Supper
as Barney1994 Roomates
as Himself - (archive footage)1994 Charlie Sheen's Stunts Spectacular
as Louis Bamberger1994 I.Q.
as Doc Hopper (archive footage)1994 The World of Jim Henson
as Waring Hudsucker1994 The Hudsucker Proxy
as Bill Flower1993 The Music of Chance
as John Clifford1993 When a Stranger Calls Back
as Tour Guide1992 The Water Engine
as Judge (uncredited)1991 The Story Lady
as Det. Lt. Bobby Mallory1991 V.I. Warshawski
as Roger Finn1991 The Return of Eliot Ness
as Chief Brandon1990 Dick Tracy
as Grandfather (voice)1989 The Butter Battle Book
as Jiggs Scully1989 Cat Chaser
as Uncle Joshua1989 Étoile
as Dan Packard1989 Dinner at Eight
as Editor Francis I. Livright1989 Brenda Starr
as Earl Mulcahaney1989 Prime Target
as Reverend Samuel Corey1988 Unholy Matrimony
as Dutch Peltz1988 Cop
as Bertrum1988 Far North
as Father Ted Nabors1987 The Rosary Murders
as Warden Hardy1987 The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains
as Charlie1987 Happy New Year
as Charlie Drumm1987 A Tiger's Tale
as Deke Yablonski1986 Tough Guys
as The Warden1986 Solarbabies
as Father O'Reilly1986 Where the River Runs Black
as O'Mara1986 Big Trouble
as Charley1985 Death of a Salesman
as Chucky1985 Stick
as The Captain1984 Mister Roberts
as Monsignor Thomas Burke1984 Mass Appeal
as Col. Erhardt1983 To Be or Not to Be
as Charlie1983 Two of a Kind
as Sam Crawford1983 Hadley's Rebellion
as Immigration Officer (voice) (uncredited)1983 Scarface
as Les Nichols1982 Tootsie
as Retired Man1982 Working
as Jess Matthews1981 Crisis at Central High
as Otis P. Hazelrigg1981 Dark Night of the Scarecrow
as Lt. Friscoe1981 Sharky's Machine
as Jack Amsterdam1981 True Confessions
as Commisioner Russel Oswald1980 Attica
as Bill Larson1980 A Perfect Match
as Senator Samuel Chapman1980 The Final Countdown
as Harold 'The Whale' Remmens1979 Tilt
as John Clifford1979 When a Stranger Calls
as Doc Hopper1979 The Muppet Movie
as Coach Johnson1979 North Dallas Forty
as Michael "Mickey" Potter1979 Starting Over
as Peter Stockmann1978 An Enemy of the People
as Carl Gallitzin1978 Special Olympics
as Dr. Jim McKeever1978 The Fury
as President David T. Stevens1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
as Spermwhale Whalen1977 The Choirboys
as Rufus T. Crisp1976 Harry and Walter Go to New York
as Budd Rogers1975 The Trial of Chaplain Jensen
as Det. Sgt. Eugene Moretti1975 Dog Day Afternoon
as O'Brien1975 Breakheart Pass
as Captain Pruss1975 The Hindenburg
as Murphy1974 The Front Page
as Lt. Wm. Snyder1973 The Sting
as Joseph Larch1973 Sisters
as Frank Devlin1973 The Connection
as Will Pentland1972 Look Homeward, Angel
as Jason's First Mate1972 Doomsday Voyage
as Truck Driver in Cafe1972 Deadhead Miles
as 2nd Guard1971 The Pursuit of Happiness
as Superintendent1970 Hi, Mom!
as Hunnicutt1970 I Walk the Line
as Cop1969 Stiletto

TV Shows/Series with Charles Durning as Actor(29)

as Corporal Ernie Yost2003 NCIS
as Justice Henry Hoskins2002 First Monday
2002 Monk
as Frank Vitelli1997 Orleans
1995 Cybill
as Harlan Elldridge1990 Evening Shade
as John F. Fitzgerald1990 The Kennedys of Massachusetts
as Uncle Doffue1985 Tall Tales & Legends
as Paddy Lonigan1979 Studs Lonigan
1975 Baretta
1971 Cannon

Full Name: Charles Durning
Born: Wednesday, 02/28 1923 (February) in Highland Falls, New York (United States of America (USA))
Died: Monday, 12/24 2012 (December) in New York City (aged: 89)
Zodiac sign: Pisces (Chinese zodiac sign: Pig)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, James I. O'Neill High School
Other names for Charles Durning (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Charles Edward Durning"
"Charles Durnham"
Charles Durning frequently works together with these people:
Burt Reynolds (17x, Actor)
BJ Davis (13x, Crew)
Julia Davis (12x, Crew)
Rick McKay (10x, Crew)
Brian De Palma (9x, Crew)
Ken Del Vecchio (9x, Actor)
Fred Walton (9x, Crew)
Clyde Kusatsu (8x, Actor)
Leslie Nielsen (7x, Actor)
Robert Loggia (7x, Actor)
Danny Smith (7x, Cast)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:3398, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 10/16/2021