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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/II Bleeding Hearts
Santa Claus
 2013 Scavenger Killers
Dylan Frier
 2012 Rogue Assassin
Frank Maro
 2004-2011 Rescue Me (TV Series)
Michael Gavin / Tommy's Dad
- Mutha (2011) ... Michael Gavin
- Torch (2009) ... Michael Gavin
- Yaz (2007) ... Michael Gavin
- Cycle (2007) ... Michael Gavin
- High (2007) ... Michael Gavin
 2011 The Life Zone
James Wise
 2011 The Great Fight
Judge Frier
 2011 Naked Run
Congressman Davenport
 2010 No Clean Break (TV Series)
The Wise Man
 2010 An Affirmative Act
Man in the White Suit
 2010 The Waiter
Frank 'The Handler' Maro
 1999-2009 Family Guy (TV Series)
Francis Griffin
- Family Goy (2009) ... Francis Griffin (voice)
- Peter's Two Dads (2007) ... Francis Griffin (voice)
- Mr. Saturday Knight (2001) ... Francis Griffin (voice)
- Holy Crap (1999) ... Francis Griffin (voice)
 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
 2007 Monk (TV Series)
Hank Johansen
- Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital (2007) ... Hank Johansen
 2006 Everwood (TV Series)
Eugene Brown
- Reckoning (2006) ... Eugene Brown
 2006 Desperation (TV Movie)
Tom Billingsley
 2006 Jesus, Mary and Joey
Teddy the Bartender
 2006 Miracle Dogs Too (Video)
Capt. Pete Weaver
 2006 Descansos
Inkeeper #2
 2005 One Last Ride
Mr. Orlick
 2005 Detective (TV Movie)
Councilman Max Ernst
 2005 River's End
Murray Blythe
 2004 A Very Married Christmas (TV Movie)
Ozzy Larson
 2004 NCIS (TV Series)
Ernie Yost
 2004 Death and Texas
Marshall Ledger
 2003 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Father Madden
- The Root of All Evil (2003) ... Father Madden
 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 Mr. St. Nick (TV Movie)
Nicholas XX
 2002 Mother Ghost
George
 2002 Turn of Faith
Philly Russo
 2001 Citizen Baines (TV Series)
Clifford Connelly
- Three Days in November (2001) ... Clifford Connelly
 2001 Bleacher Bums (TV Movie)
Scorekeeper Victor
 2001 L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve
Stuart Steele
 2001 Arli$$ (TV Series)
- Fielding Offers (2001)
 2001 The Judge (TV Movie)
Judge Harlan Radovich
 2000 State and Main
Mayor George Bailey
 2000 The Last Producer
Syd Wolf
 2000 Very Mean Men
Paddy Mulroney
 1997-2000 Early Edition (TV Series)
Judge Steven Romick / Psychiatrist
- Time (2000) ... Judge Steven Romick
- A Regular Joe (1997) ... Psychiatrist
 1999-2000 Now and Again (TV Series)
Narrator
- The Eggman Cometh (2000) ... Narrator
- The Bugmeister, Part Bee (2000) ... Narrator
- The Bugmeister (2000) ... Narrator
- There Are No Words (2000) ... Narrator
- Lizzard's Tale (2000) ... Narrator
 2000 Lakeboat
Skippy
 1998-2000 The Practice (TV Series)
Stephen Donnell
 2000 The Hoop Life (TV Series)
Wes Connelly
- The Second Chance (2000) ... Wes Connelly
 1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV Series)
 1999/I Justice (TV Movie)
Moe Ryan
 1998 Hard Time (TV Movie)
Det. Charlie Duffy
 1998 A Chance of Snow (TV Movie)
Earl Pulmer
 1998 Hi-Life
Fatty
 1998 Cybill (TV Series)
A.J. Sheridan
- Daddy (1998) ... A.J. Sheridan
- Bakersfield (1998) ... A.J. Sheridan (uncredited)
 1998 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Thomas Finnegan
- Finnegan's Wake (1998) ... Thomas Finnegan
 1998 Jerry and Tom
Vic
 1998 Shelter
Capt. Robert Landis
 1997 The Secret Life of Algernon
Norbie Hess
 1996 One Fine Day
Lew
 1996 Mrs. Santa Claus (TV Movie)
Santa Claus
 1996 Recon
 1996 Spy Hard
The Director
 1995/I The Last Supper
Reverend Gerald Hutchens
 1995 A Woman of Independent Means (TV Mini-Series)
Andrew Alcott
 1994 Leslie's Folly (TV Short)
 1994 Texan (TV Short)
Vaughn
 1994 Roomates (TV Movie)
Barney
 1993 The Music of Chance
Bill Flower
 1992 Performance (TV Series)
Charles F. Money
- Tales from Hollywood (1992) ... Charles F. Money
 1992 The Water Engine (TV Movie)
Tour Guide
 1991 The Story Lady (TV Movie)
Judge (uncredited)
 1991 The Return of Eliot Ness (TV Movie)
Roger Finn
 1991 V.I. Warshawski
Lt. Mallory
 1990 Fatal Sky
Colonel Clancy
 1989 It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (TV Movie)
Santa
 1989 Dinner at Eight (TV Movie)
Dan Packard
 1989 The Butter Battle Book (TV Short)
Grandfather (voice)
 1989 Cat Chaser
Jiggs Scully
 1989 Prime Target (TV Movie)
Earl Mulcahaney
 1989 Brenda Starr
Editor Francis I. Livright
 1989 Étoile
Zio Joshua
 1988 Unholy Matrimony (TV Movie)
Reverend Samuel Corey
 1988 Far North
Bertrum
 1988 Case Closed (TV Movie)
Les Kabowski
 1988 Cop
Dutch Peltz
 1987 The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (TV Movie)
Warden Hardy
 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)
 1985-1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Earl / Assistant to the Boss
- You Gotta Believe Me (1986) ... Earl
- Guilt Trip (1985) ... Assistant to the Boss
 1986 Where the River Runs Black
Father O'Reilly
 1986 Big Trouble
O'Mara
 1985 Tall Tales & Legends (TV Series)
Uncle Doffue
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1985) ... Uncle Doffue
 1985 Stand Alone
Louis Thibadeau
 1985 Death of a Salesman (TV Movie)
Charley
 1985 Comedy Factory (TV Series)
Harry Deegan
- Side by Side (1985) ... Harry Deegan
 1985 Stick
Chucky
 1985 Eye to Eye (TV Series)
Oscar
- Dick & Tracey (1985) ... Oscar
 1984 Mass Appeal
Monsignor Thomas Burke
 1984 P.O.P. (TV Movie)
P Oliver Pendergast
 1984 Good Evening, He Lied (TV Movie)
Nick
 1984 Mister Roberts (TV Movie)
The Captain
 1983 Two of a Kind
Charlie
 1983 Scarface
Immigration Officer (voice, uncredited)
 1982 Tootsie
Les
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Retired Man
- Working (1982) ... Retired Man
 1981 Sharky's Machine
Lt. Friscoe
 1981 Dark Night of the Scarecrow (TV Movie)
Otis P. Hazelrigg
 1981 True Confessions
Jack Amsterdam
 1981 Great Performances (TV Series)
McMahon (story 'The Monument')
- The Girls in Their Summer Dresses and Other Stories (1981) ... McMahon (story 'The Monument')
 1981 Casey Stengel (TV Movie)
Casey Stengel
 1981 Crisis at Central High (TV Movie)
Jess Matthews
 1980 A Perfect Match (TV Movie)
Bill Larson
 1980 The Final Countdown
Senator Samuel Chapman
 1980 Die Laughing
Arnold
 1980 Attica (TV Movie)
Commissioner Russell Oswald
 1979 Starting Over
Michael (Mickey) Potter
 1979 North Dallas Forty
Coach Johnson
 1979 Tilt
Harold 'The Whale' Remmens
 1979 Studs Lonigan (TV Mini-Series)
Paddy Lonigan
 1978 The Greek Tycoon
Michael Russell
 1978 Special Olympics (TV Movie)
Carl Gallitzin
 1977 The Choirboys
Spermwhale Whalen
 1977 Visions (TV Series)
Cubby Doucette
- The Dancing Bear (1977) ... Cubby Doucette
 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
President David T. Stevens
 1976 The Ashes of Mrs. Reasoner (TV Movie)
Arthur Fenton
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
Ed Healey
- Chapter III (1976) ... Ed Healey
- Chapter II (1976) ... Ed Healey
- Chapter I (1976) ... Ed Healey
 1976 Harry and Walter Go to New York
Rufus T. Crisp
 1975 The Rivalry (TV Movie)
Sen. Stephen Douglas
 1975 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Havens
- Retire in Sunny Hawaii... Forever (1975) ... Havens
 1975 Baretta (TV Series)
Jake Hatch
- Set Up City (1975) ... Jake Hatch
 1975 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Don Corcoran
- The Deadly Conspiracy: Part 2 (1975) ... Don Corcoran
 1975 Cannon (TV Series)
Don Corcoran
- The Deadly Conspiracy (1975) ... Don Corcoran
 1975 Switch (TV Series)
Phil Beckman
- Pilot Episode (1975) ... Phil Beckman
 1975 Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (TV Movie)
Al Green
 1975 The Trial of Chaplain Jensen (TV Movie)
Budd Rogers
 1974 The Front Page
Murphy
 1973 Rx for the Defense (TV Movie)
District Attorney Horn
 1973 All in the Family (TV Series)
Detective
- Gloria the Victim (1973) ... Detective
 1973 The Connection (TV Movie)
Frank Devlin
 1973 Deadhead Miles
Truck Driver in Cafe
 1972 Madigan (TV Series)
Sid Balinger
- The Midtown Beat (1972) ... Sid Balinger
 1972 Look Homeward, Angel (TV Movie)
Will Pentland
 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)
 1970 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Hewitt
- The Reluctant Deputy (1970) ... Hewitt
 1969 Stiletto
Bit Part (uncredited)
 1967-1968 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Lawrence
- Naked in the Streets (1968) ... Lawrence
 1965 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
 1964 Another World (TV Series)
Police Chief Gil McGowan #1 (1972)
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
Bureaucrat
- Go Fight City Hall (1963) ... Bureaucrat
 1962 The Password Is Courage
American Soldier (uncredited)
 1953 You Are There (TV Series)
Col. John Jameson
- The Treason of Benedict Arnold (1953) ... Col. John Jameson
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Alternate Names:

Charles Durnham

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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[on reaching Omaha Beach after falling in the water] I came up and I didn't have a helmet, a rifle, nothing. I hit the beach, the guys pulled me in who were already there, I'd lost everything; but they said 'you'll find plenty of them on the beach, rifles, helmets, that belong to nobody'. Nobody knew where we were supposed to go, there was nobody in charge, you were on your own. All around me ... See more »

Trivia:

Was considered for the role of General Worden in The Dirty Dozen (1967). 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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