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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 »

Known For

The Sting
The Sting Lt. Wm. Snyder
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Tootsie Les
Dog Day Afternoon


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 2015 Bleeding Hearts
Santa Claus
 2014 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
 2008 The Golden Boys
John Bartlett
 2008 iMurders
Dr. Seamus St. Martin
 2008/III Break
The Wise Man
 2008 The Drum Beats Twice
 2008/I Deal
Charlie Adler
 2006 Descansos
Inkeeper #2
 2005 Jesus, Mary and Joey
Teddy the Bartender
 2005 River's End
Murray Blythe
 2004 One Last Ride
Mr. Orlick
 2004 Death and Texas
Marshall Ledger
 2003 Dead Canaries
Jimmy Kerrigan
 2002 Pride & Loyalty
Dylan Frier
 2002 Mother Ghost
 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
 1998 Hi-Life
 1998 Jerry and Tom
 1998 Shelter
Capt. Robert Landis
 1997 The Secret Life of Algernon
Norbie Hess
 1996 One Fine Day
 1996 Spy Hard
The Director
 1995/I The Last Supper
Rev. 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
 1988 Cop
Dutch Peltz
 1987 A Tiger's Tale
Charlie Drumm
 1987 Happy New Year
 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
 1985 Stand Alone
Louis Thibadeau
 1985 Stick
 1984 Mass Appeal
Monsignor Thomas Burke
 1983 Scarface
Immigration Officer (voice, uncredited)
 1983 Hadley's Rebellion
Sam Crawford
 1982 Tootsie
 1981 Sharky's Machine
 1981 True Confessions
Jack Amsterdam
 1980 Die Laughing
 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
 1974 The Front Page
 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
 1970 Hi, Mom!
Superintendent (as Charles Durnham)
 1969 Stiletto
Cop (uncredited)
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(February 15 to March 29, 1979) He acted in Ernest Thompson's play, "On Golden Pond," at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Julie Harris in the cast. George Schaefer was director See more »

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Alternate Names:

Charles Durnham


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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I would rather do a play because it's instantaneous. You go on the stage, and you know whether it's happening or not. Somebody asked me "what is acting?" And I said, "acting is listening." And if you ain't listening, nobody's listening. See more »


Was kicked out of the American Academy of Dramatic Art drama school because they thought he had no talent. Another famous thespian to be booted from the school was Jason Robards. See more »


Usually has played burly and tough but genial characters


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