Charles Durning

Charles Durning

Highest Rated: 100% The Music of Chance (1993)

Lowest Rated: 0% Solarbabies (1986)

Birthday: Feb 28, 1923

Birthplace: Highland Falls, New York, USA

Before he became an actor, Charles Durning, the son of an Army man, continued in his father's footsteps with valor and distinction, earning a silver star and purple heart in World War II. Durning held down several "joe jobs" -- iron worker, elevator operator, cabbie, waiter, and dance instructor -- until turning to acting in the late 1950s. Fresh from the national tour of The Andersonville Trial, Durning began his long association with Joseph Papp in 1962, distinguishing himself in Shakespearean roles. He made his earliest film appearance in Ernest Pintoff's Harvey Middleman, Fireman (1965). Durning's film roles increased in size and importance after his interpretation of a crooked cop in the Oscar-winning The Sting (1973). He went on to appear in several Burt Reynolds films, most memorably as the singing governor in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982). That performance landed him an Oscar nomination, as did his spin on "Concentration Camp" Erhardt in the 1983 remake of To Be or Not to Be. In 1975, Durning was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of ulcerated police lieutenant Moretti in the theatrical feature Dog Day Afternoon (1975); he finally won that award 15 years later for his work as "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald in the TV miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts. Other notable film roles to his credit include Peter Stockmann in the Steve McQueen-produced An Enemy of the People (1978), Dustin Hoffman's "suitor" in the cross-dressing classic Tootsie (1982) (he later co-starred with Hoffman in the 1984 stage revival of Death of a Salesman), and the foredoomed Waring Hudsucker in the Coen Brothers' Hudsucker Proxy (1994).On television, Durning played Lt. Gil McGowan on the daytime soap Another World, officer Frank Murphy in The Cop and the Kid (1975), Big Ed Healey in Captains and the Kings (1976), Studs' dad in Studs Lonigan (1979), private-eye Oscar Poole in Eye to Eye (1985), the title character in PBS' I Would Be Called John: Pope John XXIII (1987), crooked industrialist Dan Packard (the old Wallace Beery role) in Dinner at Eight (1989), and Dr. Harrlan Eldridge in the Burt Reynolds TV vehicle Evening Shade (1990-1994), an assignment which afforded the far-from-sylph-like Durning his first nude scene.While his television and film career have continued to be prolific, Durning has also continued to earn acclaim for his stage work. In 1990, he won a Tony Award for his performance as Big Daddy in the Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.He continued to work steadily well into his seventies in a variety of projects including Jodie Foster's dysfunctional family comedy/drama Home for the Holidays, the absurd comedy Spy Hard, and Jerry and Tom. At the beginning of the 20th century he reteamed with the Coen Brothers for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and was part of the impressive ensemble in David Mamet's State and Main. He was also part of the original cast of the firefighter drama series Rescue Me. Durning died at age 89 in late December 2012, two months before his 90th birthday.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Scavenger Killers Actor 2013
No Score Yet Captured Hearts Actor 2013
No Score Yet The Life Zone Actor 2012
No Score Yet An Affirmative Act Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Great Fight Judge Frier 2011
No Score Yet Naked Run Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Waiter Actor 2010
No Score Yet A Bunch of Amateurs Actor 2009
No Score Yet Break Actor 2009
No Score Yet Shannon's Rainbow Floyd 2009
28% Chatham (The Golden Boys) John Bartlett 2009
No Score Yet According to Dom Actor 2009
No Score Yet Three Chris's Actor 2009
50% Good Dick Charlie 2008
No Score Yet iMurders Actor 2008
3% Deal Charlie Adler 2008
No Score Yet Mister Roberts Actor 2008
No Score Yet Miracle Dogs Too Capt. Pete 2007
No Score Yet Kinky Killers Alexander Hathaway 2007
No Score Yet Unbeatable Harold Harold's Father 2007
No Score Yet Forget About It Eddie O'Brien 2006
No Score Yet Stephen King's 'Desperation' Tom Billingsley 2006
35% Local Color Yammi 2006
No Score Yet Jesus, Mary and Joey Teddy the Bartender 2006
No Score Yet The Detective Max Ernst 2005
7% Dirty Deeds Victor Rasdale 2005
38% The L.A. Riot Spectacular Steve Lerman 2005
No Score Yet River's End Murray Blythe 2005
No Score Yet A Very Married Christmas Actor 2004
No Score Yet A Boyfriend for Christmas Santa Claus 2004
75% Death & Texas Marshall Ledger 2004
No Score Yet One Last Ride Orlick 2003
No Score Yet American Masters Actor 2003
No Score Yet Mr. St. Nick Santa Claus 2002
No Score Yet Mother Ghost George 2002
No Score Yet Turn of Faith Philly 2002
33% The Last Producer Syd Wolf 2002
No Score Yet Bleacher Bums Scorekeeper No. 1 2001
No Score Yet L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve Stuart Steele 2001
No Score Yet Steve Martini's 'The Judge' Judge Harlan Radovich 2001
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou? Pappy O'Daniel $45.2M 2000
86% State and Main Mayor Bailey $5.8M 2000
83% Lakeboat Skippy 2000
No Score Yet The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists Archie 2000
No Score Yet The Final Hit Syd Wolf 2000
No Score Yet Hostage Hotel Charlie Duffy 1999
No Score Yet Not For Ourselves Alone Actor 1999
No Score Yet Justice Moe Ryan 1999
No Score Yet The Premonition Charlie Duffy 1999
No Score Yet Hard Time Duffy 1998
No Score Yet A Chance of Snow Earl Palmer 1998
83% Hi-Life Fatty 1998
75% Jerry and Tom Vic 1998
No Score Yet The Voyage of La Amistad: A Quest for Freedom Actor 1998
No Score Yet Shelter Capt. Robert Landis 1997
50% One Fine Day Lew 1996
No Score Yet Mrs. Santa Claus Santa 1996
50% The Grass Harp Reverend Buster 1996
8% Spy Hard The Director 1996
63% The Last Supper Rev. Hutchens 1996
No Score Yet Elmo Saves Christmas Santa 1996
63% Home for the Holidays Henry Larson 1995
60% The Land Before Time III: The Time of Great Giving Actor 1995
44% I.Q. Louis Bamberger 1994
56% The Hudsucker Proxy Hudsucker 1994
100% The Music of Chance Bill Flower 1993
57% When a Stranger Calls Back Clifford 1993
No Score Yet Brenda Starr Newspaper Editor 1992
No Score Yet Tales from Hollywood Actor 1992
No Score Yet The Water Engine Tour Guide 1992
21% V.I. Warshawski Det. Lt. Bobby Mallory 1991
No Score Yet The Return of Eliot Ness Roger Finn 1991
No Score Yet The Story Lady Judge 1991
63% Dick Tracy Chief Brandon 1990
No Score Yet Fatal Sky Colonel Clancy 1989
No Score Yet Dinner at Eight Dan Packard 1989
No Score Yet Prime Target Mulcahaney 1989
40% Cat Chaser Jiggs Scully 1989
No Score Yet It Nearly Wasn't Christmas Santa 1989
No Score Yet Dr. Seuss: The Butter Battle Book Actor 1989
No Score Yet Étoile (Ballet) Uncle Joshua 1988
13% Far North Bertram 1988
81% Cop Dutch Peltz 1988
No Score Yet A Tiger's Tale Charlie Drumm 1988
No Score Yet Unholy Matrimony Samuel Corey 1988
No Score Yet The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains Warren Hardy 1987
No Score Yet The Rosary Murders Father Ted Nabors 1987
No Score Yet Happy New Year Charlie 1987
No Score Yet Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues Sen. Henry Colton 1987
0% Solarbabies The Warden 1986
57% Tough Guys Deke Yablonski 1986
60% Where the River Runs Black Father O'Reilly 1986
17% Big Trouble O'Mara 1986
No Score Yet Private Conversations: On the Set of 'Death of a Salesman' Actor 1985
100% Death of a Salesman Charley 1985
No Score Yet Stand Alone Louis Thibadeau 1985
47% The Man with One Red Shoe Ross 1985
29% Stick Chucky 1985
No Score Yet Mass Appeal Monsignor Burke 1984
No Score Yet Hadley's Rebellion Sam Crawford 1984
18% Two of a Kind Charlie 1983
60% To Be or Not to Be Col. Erhardt 1983
90% Tootsie Les 1982
56% The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Governor 1982
No Score Yet Working Actor 1982
86% Sharky's Machine Friscoe 1981
50% Dark Night of the Scarecrow Otis P. Hazelrigg 1981
69% True Confessions Jack Amsterdam 1981
No Score Yet The Best Little Girl in the World Frank Powell 1981
47% The Final Countdown Sen. Chapman 1980
No Score Yet Die Laughing Arnold 1980
No Score Yet Crisis at Central High Actor 1980
No Score Yet Attica Commissioner Russell Oswald 1980
100% Starting Over Michael Potter 1979
38% When a Stranger Calls John Clifford 1979
83% North Dallas Forty Coach Johnson 1979
88% The Muppet Movie Doc Hopper 1979
No Score Yet Tilt Harold 'The Whale' Remmens 1979
No Score Yet An Enemy of the People Peter Stockmann 1978
78% The Fury Dr. Jim McKeever 1978
No Score Yet The Greek Tycoon Michael 1978
50% The Choirboys Spermwhale Whalen 1977
80% Twilight's Last Gleaming President David Stevens 1977
63% Harry and Walter Go to New York Rufus T. Crisp 1976
60% Breakheart Pass O'Brien 1975
95% Dog Day Afternoon N.Y. Detective Moretti 1975
80% Queen of the Stardust Ballroom Al Green 1975
33% The Hindenburg Capt. Pruss 1975
70% The Front Page Murphy 1974
94% The Sting Lt. William Snyder 1973
86% Sisters Joseph Larch 1973
No Score Yet The Connection Actor 1973
No Score Yet Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues Murphy 1972
No Score Yet Doomsday Voyage Jason's First Mate 1972
No Score Yet Deadhead Miles Director Red Ball Rider 1972
No Score Yet The Pursuit of Happiness 2nd Guard 1971
No Score Yet I Walk the Line Hunnicutt 1970
73% Hi, Mom! Superintendent 1970
No Score Yet Stiletto Actor 1969


89% Rescue Me
Johnny Gavin Sr. Tommy's father Tommy's Dad John Gavin Sr. John Gavin, Sr. Michael Gavin Johnny Gavin, Sr. 2011
71% Family Guy
Voice 2009
90% Monk
Hank Johansen 2007
92% Everwood
Eugene Brown 2006
No Score Yet NCIS
Ernie Yost 2004
No Score Yet American Masters
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Father Madden 2003
21% First Monday
Henry Hoskins 2002
No Score Yet Everybody Loves Raymond
Father Hubley 2002
62% Arli$$
No Score Yet Citizen Baines
Clifford Connelly 2001
No Score Yet Early Edition
Judge Romick 2000
No Score Yet The Practice
Stephen Donnell 2000
91% Homicide: Life on the Street
No Score Yet Evening Shade
Dr. Harlan Elldridge 1994
No Score Yet American Playhouse
No Score Yet All in the Family
Leo Vogel 1973
No Score Yet The High Chaparral
Hewitt 1970
No Score Yet Orleans
Frank Vitelli


Vic says: You had to be insane not to shoot Reagan.

Pappy O'Daniel says: Thank God, your mama died givin' birth. If she'd have seen you, she'd have died of shame.

Sonny says: Kiss me. Kiss me on the lips.

N.Y. Detective Moretti says: What for?!

Sonny says: When I'm getting fucked I like to be kissed.

John Clifford says: [to Tracy, about Curt's murders] After the coroner's investigation the bodies were taken to the mortuary where the undertaker took one look at them and said their bodies couldn't be reconstructed for the burial without six days of steady work. Then he asked what had been the murder weapon, because looking at the mess in front of him he couldn't imagine what had been used. The coroner told him there had been no murder weapon. The killer had used only his hands.

Father Ted Nabors says: We're saving souls, not lives.

Les says: The only reason you're still living is because I never kissed you.

Friscoe says: "I got THREE years to retire!...."

Friscoe says: I got THREE years to retire!

Pappy O'Daniel says: Thank God your mama died giving birth. If she'd have seen you, she'd have died of shame.