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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 21 April 1935Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameCharles Grodinsky
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Charles Grodin was born on April 21, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Charles Grodinsky. He is an actor and writer, known for Beethoven (1992), Midnight Run (1988) and Beethoven's 2nd (1993). He has been married to Elissa Durwood since March 1985. They have two children.

Spouse (2)

Elissa Durwood (March 1985 - present) (2 children)
Julia ? (? - 1968) (divorced) (1 daughter)

Trade Mark (3)

Grodin's trademark is his petulant loutishness that he employs as a guest on various talk shows. Seemingly miffed or angry, his act is strictly tongue-in-cheek as he lobs offensive verbal attacks at his hosts.
Frequently portrays uptight, bland and world-weary white-collar professionals.
Deep smooth voice

Trivia (14)

His wife, Elissa Durwood Grodin, is an author.
Shares a birthday with Andie MacDowell.
Is close friends with actor Gene Wilder.
Has two children with Elissa Durwood: Marion Grodin and Nick Grodin.
Having already been cast as Captain Aarfy Aardvark in Catch-22 (1970), director Mike Nichols asked him to take over the role of Colonel Cathcart when the original actor did not work out. As the role was written for an older man, old age make-up was experimented with for several days, until it was decided to cast Martin Balsam instead, and Grodin returned to his original role.
Gene Wilder wanted him to play the role of Charles/Pierre in Start the Revolution Without Me (1970), but Grodin declined, having committed to directing the original Broadway production of Lovers and Other Strangers (1970).
He auditioned as Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate (1967), but was never offered the role. Mike Nichols still offered him a role in Catch-22 (1970), which he was already scheduled to direct at the time.
Admitted in a 2006 interview on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) that the surly attitude he adopts on talk shows is an act he developed in order to be a more interesting guest. According to Grodin, he was scheduled to make his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) in 1973, and was to be in the segment immediately following Diana Ross performing a medley of her hits. Realizing that he would bomb if he followed her as himself, he adopted this churlish character who has little patience for the questions of the host. Carson loved it and it became his trademark.
Studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
Longtime resident of Fairfield County's Wilton, Connecticut. [May 2007]
His father, Theodore I. Grodin, was of Russian Jewish descent, and his mother, Lena (Singer), was a Jewish immigrant from Poland (her father was born in Brest, Belarus and her mother was born in Poland).
His direction of "Lovers and Other Strangers" introduced him to Elaine May who became his 'professional benefactor' Elaine May, who cast him in "The Heartbreak Kid.".
Turned down a $500 a week offer to star in "The Graduate.".

Personal Quotes (1)

I'm not that easy to insult, believe me, but cracks about people on movies who are there to pick up paychecks or actors who look like they phoned it in get me. People who write this stuff obviously have never been on the set of a movie from beginning to end. Just showing up somewhere every day for twelve to sixteen hours for three or four months should be enough to disqualify movie people from those cracks. The only thing about a movie that can be phoned in is a review.

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