Charles Grodin (1935–2021)


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Deadpan comedian Charles Sydney Grodin (originally Grodinsky) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania of Russian/Polish ancestry and raised in a Jewish orthodox home. He attended the University of Miami but dropped out, opting instead for the life of a struggling actor. The movie A Place in the Sun (1951) was said to have steered him towards his ... See full bio »

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(age 86) in Wilton, Connecticut, USA

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Midnight Run Jonathan Mardukas
(1988)
King Kong Fred Wilson
(1976)
The Heartbreak Kid Lenny Cantrow
(1972)
Dave Murray Blum
(1993)

Filmography

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 2017 An Imperfect Murder
Arthur
 2016/III The Comedian
Dick D'Angelo
 2016 The New Yorker Presents (TV Series documentary)
Psychiatrist
- Episode #1.8 (2016) ... Psychiatrist
 2016 Madoff (TV Mini Series)
Carl Shapiro
- Redemptions (2016) ... Carl Shapiro
- Fallout (2016) ... Carl Shapiro
- Catch Me If You Cancer (2016) ... Carl Shapiro
- Millions to Billions (2016) ... Carl Shapiro
 2014-2015 Louie (TV Series)
Dr. Bigelow
- Untitled (2015) ... Dr. Bigelow
- Pamela: Part 1 (2014) ... Dr. Bigelow
- Elevator: Part 5 (2014) ... Dr. Bigelow
- Elevator: Part 3 (2014) ... Dr. Bigelow
- Back (2014) ... Dr. Bigelow
 2014 While We're Young
Leslie Breitbart
 2014 The Humbling
Jerry
 2013 The Michael J. Fox Show (TV Series)
Steve Henry
- Thanksgiving (2013) ... Steve Henry
 2013 Brazzaville Teen-Ager (Short)
Father
 2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series)
Brett Forrester
- Lessons Learned (2012) ... Brett Forrester
 2006 The Ex
Bob Kowalski
 1994 My Summer Story
Mr. Parker (The Old Man)
 1994 Clifford
Martin Daniels
 1993 Beethoven's 2nd
George Newton
 1993 Heart and Souls
Harrison Winslow
 1993 So I Married an Axe Murderer
Commandeered Driver
 1993 Dave
Murray Blum
 1992 Beethoven
George Newton
 1990 Taking Care of Business
Spencer
 1990 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
Quentin Fitzwaller
- The Muppets at Walt Disney World (1990) ... Quentin Fitzwaller
 1989 Cranium Command (Short)
Left Brain
 1988 Midnight Run
Jonathan Mardukas
 1988 You Can't Hurry Love
Mr. Glerman
 1988 The Couch Trip
George Maitlin
 1987 Ishtar
Jim Harrison
 1987 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Lord Fancourt Babberly
- Charley's Aunt (1987) ... Lord Fancourt Babberly
 1986 Fresno (TV Mini Series)
Cane Kensington
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Cane Kensington
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Cane Kensington
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Cane Kensington
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Cane Kensington
- The Raisin Basket of the World (1986) ... Cane Kensington
 1986 Last Resort
George Lollar
 1985 Great Performances (TV Series)
Jake
- Grown-Ups (1985) ... Jake
 1985 Movers & Shakers
Herb Derman
 1984 The Woman in Red
Buddy
 1984 The Lonely Guy
Warren
 1983 Charley's Aunt (TV Movie)
Lord Fancourt Babberly
 1981 The Great Muppet Caper
Nicky Holiday
 1981 The Incredible Shrinking Woman
Vance Kramer
 1980 Seems Like Old Times
Ira Parks
 1980 It's My Turn
Homer
 1979 Sunburn
Jake
 1979 Real Life
Warren Yeager DVM
 1978 Heaven Can Wait
Tony Abbott
 1978 Just Me and You (TV Movie)
Michael Lindsay
 1977 It Happened One Christmas (TV Movie)
Joseph (voice)
 1977 The Paul Simon Special (TV Special)
Charles
 1977 Thieves
Martin Cramer
 1976 King Kong
Fred Wilson
 1974 Bad Men of the West (TV Movie)
Arnie Doud, Harge Gang
 1974 11 Harrowhouse
Howard R. Chesser
 1972 The Heartbreak Kid
Lenny Cantrow
 1970 Catch-22
Aarfy Aardvark
 1969 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
D.A. Tom Durant
- An Elephant in a Cigar Box (1969) ... D.A. Tom Durant
 1968 Rosemary's Baby
Dr. Hill
 1968 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Mark Dunigan
- The Good Thieves (1968) ... Mark Dunigan
 1967 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Joey Diamond
- Money Man (1967) ... Joey Diamond
 1967 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Bells Pickering
- A Bell for Jeff Sonnett (1967) ... Bells Pickering
 1967 The Virginian (TV Series)
Arnie Doud
- The Reckoning (1967) ... Arnie Doud
 1967 Captain Nice (TV Series)
News Vendor
- One Rotten Apple (1967) ... News Vendor
 1967 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Carl Platt
- Sky on Fire (1967) ... Carl Platt
 1967 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Alex
- The Pembrooke Blood (1967) ... Alex
 1966 Shane (TV Series)
Jed
- The Great Invasion: Part 2 (1966) ... Jed
- The Great Invasion: Part 1 (1966) ... Jed
 1966 The Felony Squad (TV Series)
Edgar
- A Penny Game, a Two-Bit Murder (1966) ... Edgar
 1965 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Peter Farnum
- Picture Me a Murder (1965) ... Peter Farnum
 1965 My Mother the Car (TV Series)
Fred
- Burned at the Steak (1965) ... Fred (as Chuck Grodin)
 1965 The Young Marrieds (TV Series)
Matt Crane Stevens
- Episode #1.193 (1965) ... Matt Crane Stevens
- Episode #1.192 (1965) ... Matt Crane Stevens
- Episode #1.189 (1965) ... Matt Crane Stevens
- Episode #1.188 (1965) ... Matt Crane Stevens
- Episode #1.187 (1965) ... Matt Crane Stevens
 1962 The Defenders (TV Series)
Thomas Martin
- The Apostle (1962) ... Thomas Martin
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Black Monday (1961)
 1958 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Phelps
- The Nautilus (1958) ... Phelps
 1958 Decision (TV Series)
Young Hoodlum
- Man Against Crime (1958) ... Young Hoodlum (uncredited)
 1954 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Drummer Boy (uncredited)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(2004-2005 season) He acted in his play, "The Prosecution of Brandon Hein," in a reading at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut. Gordon Edelstein was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Interview | 7 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Official Sites:

BFI | Discogs | See more »

Alternate Names:

Chuck Grodin

Height:

6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Spouse:

Elissa Durwood  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »

Children:

Nick Grodin | See more »

Parents:

Theodore I. Grodin | Lena Singer

Relatives:

Jack Grodin (sibling)
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Personal Quote:

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 ... See more »

Trivia:

Longtime resident of Fairfield County's Wilton, Connecticut, until his death on May 18, 2021. See more »

Trademark:

Frequently played uptight, bland and world-weary white-collar professionals See more »

Nickname:

Chuck

Star Sign:

Taurus

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