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Charles Durning has died, aged 89. The Oscar-nominated character actor passed away from natural causes at his home in New York City on December 24, his agent and friend Judith Moss said. Known as the 'king of the character actors', Durning appeared in a wide variety of roles in a career that spanned seven decades. He was perhaps best known for his Academy Award-nominated roles as a corrupt governor in The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas and a bumbling Nazi officer in To Be Or Not To Be in 1983. Durning also starred as the would-be suitor of Dustin Hoffman's cross-dressing character in Tootsie and as Pappy O'Daniel in the Coen Brothers' 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou?. He appeared in over 100 films, many TV shows and several Broadway plays, and was awarded a Golden Globe in 1991 for his role in the TV film The Kennedys (more) »


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