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Charles Durning (1923–2012)


WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were 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 was one of Hollywood's most dependable and sought after supporting actors. Durning ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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 2013 Captured Hearts
Santa Claus
 2013 Scavenger Killers
Dylan Frier
 2012 Rogue Assassin
Frank Maro
 2011 The Life Zone
James Wise
 2011 The Great Fight
Judge Frier
 2011 Naked Run
Congressman Davenport
 2010 An Affirmative Act
Man in the White Suit
 2010 The Waiter
Frank 'The Handler' Maro
 2009 Shannon's Rainbow
Floyd
 2008 The Golden Boys
John Bartlett
 2008 iMurders
Dr. Seamus St. Martin
 2008/III Break
The Wise Man
 2008 The Drum Beats Twice
Satan
 2008/I Deal
Charlie Adler
 2006 Jesus, Mary and Joey
Teddy the Bartender
 2006 Descansos
Inkeeper #2
 2005 One Last Ride
Mr. Orlick
 2005 River's End
Murray Blythe
 2004 Death and Texas
Marshall Ledger
 2003 Dead Canaries
Jimmy Kerrigan
 2002 Pride & Loyalty
Dylan Frier
 2002 The Last Man Club (Short)
John 'Eagle Eye' Pennell
 2002 The Naked Run (Short)
Congressman Davenport
 2002 Mother Ghost
George
 2002 Turn of Faith
Philly Russo
 2001 L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve
Stuart Steele
 2000 State and Main
Mayor George Bailey
 2000 The Last Producer
Syd Wolf
 2000 Very Mean Men
Paddy Mulroney
 2000 Lakeboat
Skippy
 1998 Hi-Life
Fatty
 1998 Jerry and Tom
Vic
 1998 Shelter
Capt. Robert Landis
 1997 The Secret Life of Algernon
Norbie Hess
 1996 One Fine Day
Lew
 1996 Recon
 1996 Spy Hard
The Director
 1995/I The Last Supper
Reverend Gerald Hutchens
 1993 The Music of Chance
Bill Flower
 1991 V.I. Warshawski
Lt. Mallory
 1990 Fatal Sky
Colonel Clancy
 1989 Cat Chaser
Jiggs Scully
 1989 Brenda Starr
Editor Francis I. Livright
 1989 Étoile
Zio Joshua
 1988 Far North
Bertrum
 1988 Cop
Dutch Peltz
 1987 Hadley's Rebellion
Sam Crawford
 1987 A Tiger's Tale
Charlie Drumm
 1987 Happy New Year
Charlie
 1987 The Rosary Murders
Father Ted Nabors
 1986 Solarbabies
The Warden
 1986 Meatballs III: Summer Job
Pete, Heaven Doorman (uncredited)
 1986 Where the River Runs Black
Father O'Reilly
 1986 Big Trouble
O'Mara
 1985 Stand Alone
Louis Thibadeau
 1985 Stick
Chucky
 1984 Mass Appeal
Monsignor Thomas Burke
 1983 Two of a Kind
Charlie
 1983 Scarface
Immigration Officer (voice, uncredited)
 1982 Tootsie
Les
 1981 Sharky's Machine
Lt. Friscoe
 1981 True Confessions
Jack Amsterdam
 1980 The Final Countdown
Senator Samuel Chapman
 1980 Die Laughing
Arnold
 1979 Starting Over
Michael (Mickey) Potter
 1979 North Dallas Forty
Coach Johnson
 1979 Tilt
Harold 'The Whale' Remmens
 1978 The Greek Tycoon
Michael Russell
 1977 The Choirboys
Spermwhale Whalen
 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
President David T. Stevens
 1976 Harry and Walter Go to New York
Rufus T. Crisp
 1975 The Hindenburg
Captain Pruss
 1974 The Front Page
Murphy
 1973 Deadhead Miles
Truck Driver in Cafe
 1972 Doomsday Voyage
Jason's First Mate
 1971 The Pursuit of Happiness
2nd Guard
 1970 I Walk the Line
Hunnicutt
 1970 Hi, Mom!
Superintendent (as Charles Durnham)
 1969 Stiletto
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1962 The Password Is Courage
American Soldier (uncredited)
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Alternate Names:

Charles Durnham

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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James Cagney is probably the reason I became an actor. I think I learned much of what I know about acting from watching James Cagney movies. When people ask me, I tell them I didn't go to school. I learned directly from Cagney. See more »

Trivia:

He was the ninth of ten children, but five of his sisters died of smallpox or scarlet fever in childhood, three of them within two weeks. His surviving siblings were James (1915-2000), Clifford (1916-1994), Frances (born 1919) and Gerald Durning (born 1926). His mother, Louise, was a laundress at West Point, and his father, James Durning, was an Irish immigrant who had been badly wounded in World... See more »

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Usually has played burly and tough but genial characters

Nickname:

King of Character Actors See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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