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Charles Durning

Highest Rated:   100% The Music of Chance (1993)
Lowest Rated:   0% Solarbabies (1986)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
51% 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
36% Local Color
  • Yammi
2006
No Score Yet Jesus, Mary and Joey
  • Teddy the Bartender
2006
No Score Yet The Detective
  • Max Ernst
2005
8% Dirty Deeds
  • Victor Rasdale
2005
29% 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
No Score Yet 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
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Steve Martini's 'The Judge'
  • Judge Harlan Radovich
2001
86% State and Main
  • Mayor Bailey
$5.8M 2000
77% O Brother, Where Art Thou?
  • Pappy O'Daniel
$45.2M 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
47% 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
46% I.Q.
  • Louis Bamberger
1994
57% The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Hudsucker
1994
No Score Yet Normandy: The Great Crusade
  • Actor
1994
100% The Music of Chance
  • Bill Flower
1993
No Score Yet When a Stranger Calls Back
  • Clifford
1993
No Score Yet Brenda Starr
  • Newspaper Editor
1992
No Score Yet The Water Engine
  • Tour Guide
1992
17% 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
64% Dick Tracy
  • Chief Brandon
1990
No Score Yet Fatal Sky
  • Colonel Clancy
1989
No Score Yet Dinner at Eight
  • Dan Packard
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
17% 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
62% Tough Guys
  • Deke Yablonski
1986
No Score Yet Where the River Runs Black
  • Father O'Reilly
1986
No Score Yet 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
50% The Man with One Red Shoe
  • Ross
1985
33% Stick
  • Chucky
1985
No Score Yet Mass Appeal
  • Monsignor Burke
1984
No Score Yet Hadley's Rebellion
  • Sam Crawford
1984
20% Two of a Kind
  • Charlie
1983
63% To Be or Not to Be
  • Col. Erhardt
1983
89% Tootsie
  • Les
1982
56% The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
  • Governor
1982
No Score Yet Working
  • Actor
1982
93% Sharky's Machine
  • Friscoe
1981
50% Dark Night of the Scarecrow
  • Otis P. Hazelrigg
1981
75% True Confessions
  • Jack Amsterdam
1981
No Score Yet The Best Little Girl in the World
  • Frank Powell
1981
40% 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
No Score Yet Starting Over
  • Michael Potter
1979
33% When a Stranger Calls
  • John Clifford
1979
87% North Dallas Forty
  • Coach Johnson
1979
No Score Yet Tilt
  • Harold 'The Whale' Remmens
1979
87% The Muppet Movie
  • Doc Hopper
1979
No Score Yet An Enemy of the People
  • Peter Stockmann
1978
80% The Fury
  • Dr. Jim McKeever
1978
No Score Yet The Greek Tycoon
  • Michael
1978
50% The Choirboys
  • Spermwhale Whalen
1977
88% Twilight's Last Gleaming
  • President David Stevens
1977
No Score Yet Captains and the Kings
  • Big Ed Healey
1976
57% Harry and Walter Go to New York
  • Rufus T. Crisp
1976
78% Breakheart Pass
  • O'Brien
1975
95% Dog Day Afternoon
  • N.Y. Detective Moretti
1975
80% Queen of the Stardust Ballroom
  • Al Green
1975
40% The Hindenburg
  • Capt. Pruss
1975
73% The Front Page
  • Murphy
1974
93% The Sting
  • Lt. William Snyder
1973
81% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Rescue Me
2004-2011
  • Johnny Gavin Sr. Tommy's father Tommy's Dad John Gavin Sr. John Gavin, Sr. Michael Gavin Johnny Gavin, Sr.
  • 2011
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2001
No Score Yet Monk
2002-2009
  • Hank Johansen
  • 2007
No Score Yet Everwood
2002-2006
  • Eugene Brown
  • 2006
No Score Yet NCIS
2003
  • Ernie Yost
  • 2004
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Actor
  • 2003

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