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Charles Grodin

Highest Rated:   99% Rosemary's Baby (1968)
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Birthplace:   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Supporting and occasional leading actor Charles Grodin built a successful career playing low-key, uptight, and frequently wholesome comic roles, with occasional turns as an arch-villain. Whereas many funnymen have been popular for their ability to overreact and mug their way around everyday obstacles, Grodin belonged, from the beginning, to the Bob Newhart school of wry comedy that values understatement and subtlety. Grodin learned to act under the guidance of Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen before making his 1962 Broadway debut opposite Anthony Quinn in Tchin Tchin. Two years later, Grodin made his first film appearance in Joseph Adler's Sex and the College Girl. Though offered the leading role in The Graduate (1967), Grodin refused, thereby providing a lucky break for Dustin Hoffman. In 1968, he played a small but memorable role as a naive obstetrician in Rosemary's Baby, and then tackled another villainous role as heartless navigator Aarfy Aardvark in Mike Nichols's Catch-22. Grodin got his big break when director and Nichols's former comedy partner Elaine May, who had been a longtime friend and mentor of the young actor, cast him in the lead of the Neil Simon-scripted The Heartbreak Kid (1972), in which he played a salesman who falls in love with Cybill Shepherd during his honeymoon. Though Steven Spielberg wanted him to play the role of shark expert Matt Hooper in Jaws (1974), Grodin preferred to direct the play Thieves on Broadway instead. In 1977, Grodin signed for the leading role in the film version. He also added spice as the villain in Warren Beatty and Buck Henry's remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), Heaven Can Wait (1978). Since then, Grodin continued as a supporting actor in such films as The Woman in Red (1984) and The Couch Trip (1987). After receiving rave reviews starring opposite Robert De Niro in the 1988 hit comedy Midnight Run, Grodin's career began to slow down. He played the long-suffering patriarch in the first two Beethoven films and turned in a memorable performance in 1993's Dave, but by 1995 Grodin had decided to switch gears, opting to host a talk show. After The Charles Grodin Show ran for several years on CNBC, Grodin later took a gig doing Andy Rooney-esque commentary on CBS's 60 Minutes II.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
25% The Comedian
  • Actor
$1.7M 2017
84% While We're Young
  • Leslie Breitbart
$7.1M 2015
51% The Humbling
  • Jerry
2015
No Score Yet Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Brazzaville Teen-Ager
  • Father
2013
No Score Yet Char-ac-ter
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Character
  • Actor
2009
19% The Ex
  • Bob Kowalski
$3.1M 2007
No Score Yet It Runs in the Family
  • Mr. Parker
1994
27% Beethoven's 2nd
  • George Newton
1994
9% Clifford
  • Martin
1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live - Best of the Coneheads
  • Actor
1994
55% Heart and Souls
  • Harrison Winslow
1993
55% So I Married an Axe Murderer
  • Car Driver
1993
94% Dave
  • Murray Blum
1993
31% Beethoven
  • George Newton
1992
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
1992
31% Taking Care of Business
  • Spencer Barnes
1990
96% Midnight Run
  • Jonathan Mardukas
1988
No Score Yet You Can't Hurry Love
  • Mr. Glerman
1988
43% The Couch Trip
  • George Maitlin
1988
34% Ishtar
  • Jim Harrison
1987
No Score Yet Last Resort
  • George Lollar
1986
No Score Yet Film House Fever
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Movers & Shakers
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Herb Derman
1985
35% The Woman in Red
  • Buddy
1984
48% The Lonely Guy
  • Warren Evans
1984
0% La Increíble Mujer Diminuta
  • Vance Kramer
1981
75% The Great Muppet Caper
  • Nicky Holiday
1981
71% Seems Like Old Times
  • Ira Parks
1980
No Score Yet It's My Turn
  • Homer
1980
88% Real Life
  • Warren Yeager
1979
No Score Yet Sunburn
  • Jake
1979
89% Heaven Can Wait
  • Tony Abbott
1978
No Score Yet Just Me and You
  • Michael Lindsay
1978
No Score Yet The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank
  • Jim Benson
1978
50% King Kong
  • Fred Wilson
1976
No Score Yet 11 Harrowhouse
  • Chesser
1974
91% The Heartbreak Kid
  • Lenny Cantrow
1972
85% Catch-22
  • Aardvark
1970
99% Rosemary's Baby
  • Dr. Hill
1968
No Score Yet The Meanest Men in the West
  • Arnie Doud
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
68% Madoff
2016
  • Carl Shapiro
  • 2016
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2013
70% The Michael J. Fox Show
2013-2014
  • Mike's Dad
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1977

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