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(Washington Post)   Charles Durning, the king of the character actors, has died. All other character actors take one step up. Dead actor trifecta now in play   (washingtonpost.com ) divider line
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2012-12-25 03:25:12 AM  
He was great in the original "When a Stranger Calls".

He'll be missed by many, including myself. :-(
 
2012-12-25 03:32:42 AM  
Good gravy, who knew he was so hardcore? "Killed a German soldier with a rock".

Damn.
 
2012-12-25 03:34:02 AM  
R.I.P. Doc Hopper, you were a great bad guy.
 
2012-12-25 03:34:37 AM  
There's a Blue Letter! A Blue Letter!
 
2012-12-25 03:36:59 AM  

BadMotivator: R.I.P. Doc Hopper, you were a great bad guy.


Sadly Doctor Quincy won't be available to determine the cause of death. :-(
 
2012-12-25 03:38:22 AM  
Oh goddammit. One of the true greats, on and off screen.

A great American soldier has passed.

www.senaahq.bravehost.com
 
2012-12-25 03:38:43 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: He was great in the original "When a Stranger Calls".

He'll be missed by many, including myself. :-(


missed\but not miscegenated.
 
2012-12-25 03:39:45 AM  
he'll be forever riding in tremendous class
 
2012-12-25 03:39:58 AM  
Rock breaks bayonet.
 
2012-12-25 03:40:15 AM  
Damn, that totally sucks!
 
2012-12-25 03:41:36 AM  
You forgot war hero subby! he was at Omaha beach on D-day.
 
2012-12-25 03:43:29 AM  
Ooooooo, I wanna dance a little side step...
 
2012-12-25 03:44:07 AM  
Badass WWII Vet trifecta now in play. Who's next. GHWB? Bob Dole?
 
2012-12-25 03:44:26 AM  
Listen to Denis Leary on O&A talking about Charles Durning
(NSFW because it's swear-y)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=h2jKP3pEfN8 #t =660s
 
2012-12-25 03:45:22 AM  
I think George H. W. Bush passes next. He 88 and has been in the hospital for over a month plus the last few days there's been strange news stories about it.
 
2012-12-25 03:48:19 AM  

BadMotivator: R.I.P. Doc Hopper, you were a great bad guy.


img18.imageshack.us

Still one of my favourite movies of all time!!

Znuh: Good gravy, who knew he was so hardcore? "Killed a German soldier with a rock".

Damn.


FTFA: His father was unable to work, having lost a leg and been gassed during World War I, so his mother supported the family by washing the uniforms of West Point cadets. The younger Durning himself would barely survive World War II. He was among the first wave of U.S. soldiers to land at Normandy during the D-Day invasion and the only member of his Army unit to survive. He killed several Germans and was wounded in the leg. Later he was bayoneted by a young German soldier whom he killed with a rock. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and survived a massacre of prisoners.

Holy crap. He WAS a badass.

/thanks for highlighting that, Znuh, or I never would have read the article.
 
2012-12-25 03:49:28 AM  

Phoenix_M: I think George H. W. Bush passes next. He 88 and has been in the hospital for over a month plus the last few days there's been strange news stories about it.


They were trying to get him out of the hospital for Xmas, but he's just not recovering

Nelson Mandela has also been in hospital for over a month.
 
2012-12-25 03:52:12 AM  

Phoenix_M: I think George H. W. Bush passes next. He 88 and has been in the hospital for over a month plus the last few days there's been strange news stories about it.


Either him or Prince Philip. The latter has been in and out of the hosptial frequently during 2012 & is 91.
 
2012-12-25 03:58:38 AM  
www.platypuscomix.net
 
2012-12-25 04:01:21 AM  
What a great story. If Mr. Durning had spent the rest of his life merely being a kind and decent man working at an ordinary job, he'd've been a credit to humanity. As it is, he gave of himself to strangers (who, granted, paid him to do so), making his presence much bigger in the process.
 
2012-12-25 04:03:36 AM  
No disrespect intended but Tracey Walter of Jersey City N.J. is the definition of character actor.

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2012-12-25 04:04:12 AM  
Who's next? Dabney Coleman?
 
2012-12-25 04:14:20 AM  

Znuh: Good gravy, who knew he was so hardcore? "Killed a German soldier with a rock".

Damn.


They made men of a sterner stuff back then. Also, to my mind, villains, soldiers, and rocks.
 
2012-12-25 04:14:49 AM  
 
2012-12-25 04:14:55 AM  
Among his other credits he totally stole Choirboys.

RIP badass.
 
2012-12-25 04:15:07 AM  
He is not dead. He just changed roles.
 
2012-12-25 04:16:28 AM  
Every step he took was a step up. Except, of course, his last one.
 
2012-12-25 04:18:33 AM  
First Quincey, now Waring Hudsucker... thanks for ruining Christmas!
 
2012-12-25 04:23:41 AM  
www.boomtron.com

/hot
 
2012-12-25 04:27:57 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: He was great in the original "When a Stranger Calls".

He'll be missed by many, including myself. :-(

When A Stranger Calls

scare the farking bejeebers out of me as a 14-year-old babysitter.  Slept with the lights on for a week afterward.
 
2012-12-25 04:28:02 AM  
Thou shalt have no other kings before me.

userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2012-12-25 04:35:32 AM  

Miss Stein: Bathia_Mapes: He was great in the original "When a Stranger Calls".

He'll be missed by many, including myself. :-(

When A Stranger Calls scare the farking bejeebers out of me as a 14-year-old babysitter.  Slept with the lights on for a week afterward.


I don't blame you. That was and is still a damned creepy movie. The remake, not so much.
 
2012-12-25 04:41:17 AM  
RIP Abe Vigoda.
 
2012-12-25 04:51:33 AM  
He was good. But he was no Michael Caine.
 
2012-12-25 04:55:19 AM  
Well, he was old timey.
 
2012-12-25 04:58:50 AM  

Shrapnel: [www.boomtron.com image 500x381]

/hot


I preferred this one, but you still beat me to it...

i1207.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-25 05:12:50 AM  

stonelotus: I preferred this one, but you still beat me to it...


That scene, the way it's played out, not just by Durling but also by all the other character actors at the table is just fantastic.
 
2012-12-25 05:26:20 AM  
May I take this opportunity to say what a dumb term "character actor" is? They ALL play characters!

/knows what it means
 
2012-12-25 05:31:23 AM  
www.movieactors.com

He was an excellent Chief of Police.
 
2012-12-25 05:32:46 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

Goodbye gay computer guy.
 
2012-12-25 05:39:33 AM  
The Washington Post obituary doesn't do this war hero justice. Read the obituary done by the New York Times , to really learn about Charles Durning:

"Then came World War II, and he enlisted in the Army. His combat experiences were harrowing. He was in the first wave of troops to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day and his unit's lone survivor of a machine-gun ambush. In Belgium he was stabbed in hand-to-hand combat with a German soldier, whom he bludgeoned to death with a rock. Fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he and the rest of his company were captured and forced to march through a pine forest at Malmedy, the scene of an infamous massacre in which the Germans opened fire on almost 90 prisoners. Mr. Durning was among the few to escape.

By the war's end he had been awarded a Silver Star for valor and three Purple Hearts, having suffered gunshot and shrapnel wounds as well. He spent months in hospitals and was treated for psychological trauma."

More
 
2012-12-25 05:47:52 AM  
i14.photobucket.com

R.I P. Gov. Pappy
 
2012-12-25 05:49:06 AM  
gothamist.com

Inconsolable

/obscure?
 
2012-12-25 05:50:55 AM  
R.I.P., Lt. Snyder... www.wearysloth.com That Joliet badge don't mean much up here.


www.stairstars.com Couldn't dance a little sidestep away from this.
 
2012-12-25 05:53:36 AM  
chocolate covered nougats?
 
2012-12-25 05:58:03 AM  

Mr_Juche: Badass WWII Vet trifecta now in play. Who's next. GHWB? Bob Dole?


Does Jack Klugman count? He served in WWII, but I haven't found accounts of him being a badass. If so, then with him, Daniel Inouye and now Durning the trifecta is complete.
 
2012-12-25 06:27:18 AM  

dericwater: RIP Abe Vigoda.




Not quite yet.
 
2012-12-25 06:29:17 AM  
RIP, Senator Samuel Chapman (but he got to die twice)

www.wearysloth.com
 
2012-12-25 07:27:04 AM  
If given a choice between being an A list actor or a character actor like Durning or Borgnine, I would definitely choose the latter. I must be awesome doing so many roles.
 
2012-12-25 07:34:28 AM  

hitlersbrain: If given a choice between being an A list actor or a character actor like Durning or Borgnine, I would definitely choose the latter. I must be awesome doing so many roles.


'It must be' not I...
 
2012-12-25 07:47:41 AM  

Ed Finnerty: He was good. But he was no Michael Caine.

"I never turned down anything and never argued with any producer or director,"


He WAS our Michael Caine. Durning defined the term character actor. He always made his parts memorable and distinctive without upstaging the primary actors. He will be missed.
 
2012-12-25 07:50:35 AM  
 The family planned to have a private family service and burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

I work in the Pentagon, and they announce flyovers for funerals @ ANC. I hope he gets one.
 
2012-12-25 07:50:38 AM  
Character Actor: a polite way of saying, "He better be good, cause he ain't gonna get by on looks alone."
 
2012-12-25 08:07:03 AM  

panchobarnes: First Quincey, now Waring Hudsucker... thanks for ruining Christmas!


This. Stories like this make me realize I'm getting old.


/good night, badass infantry man
 
2012-12-25 08:33:14 AM  
Had a fabulous guest role on NCIS.  *sniff*
 
2012-12-25 08:33:53 AM  
He made every role fantastic, no matter how stubby.
 
2012-12-25 08:34:57 AM  
Damn I just saw him a couple of weeks ago in The Sting.  Excellent actor.  And his military record is farkin' jaw-dropping.

Rest in peace Mr. Durning.  And thank you.
 
2012-12-25 08:36:03 AM  

Mart Laar's beard shaver: RIP, Senator Samuel Chapman (but he got to die twice)

[www.wearysloth.com image 320x240]


I met him on the set of this movie. He was truly incredible in his ability to snap in and out of character. He was continually poking fun at Kirk Douglas who had real problems remembering his lines.

I gained a real appreciation for how hard movie actors work when filming.
 
2012-12-25 08:36:42 AM  
He sounds like he was a darn cool guy.

Who was the previous king? J.T. Walsh?


/And is Tobolowsky any closer to the throne now?
 
2012-12-25 08:41:21 AM  
RIP Baron Vladimir Harkonnen
 
2012-12-25 08:46:41 AM  
Well, that made me really sad,
 
2012-12-25 08:52:12 AM  

Mandapants: RIP Baron Vladimir Harkonnen


Did the Duke remember the Tooth?
 
2012-12-25 08:58:27 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Mandapants: RIP Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Did the Duke remember the Tooth?


Wrong guy. That was Kenneth McMillan
 
2012-12-25 08:59:40 AM  
Oh no. Now who will tearfully look into the camera and recount nearly being killed in the war during the concerts in D.C.?
 
2012-12-25 09:00:37 AM  

Lt. Cheese Weasel: Mandapants: RIP Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Did the Duke remember the Tooth?


The tooth! THE TOOTH!
 
2012-12-25 09:07:46 AM  
Come on out Sonny!
 
2012-12-25 09:09:25 AM  
RIP that one guy.
 
2012-12-25 09:22:54 AM  
Dog Day Afternoon, Oh Brother where Art Thou, Hudsucker Proxy, and the voice of Peter Griffin's father. Nice career. You're gone, but will live on forever.

If you want to see a good synopsis of life as a character actor, check out "That Guy...Who Was In That Thing"

/I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbiatch! You don't tell your pappy how to court the electorate. We ain't one-at-a-timin' here. We're MASS communicating!
 
2012-12-25 09:31:10 AM  
As you sit down for your Christmas meal today, remember what was going on in the Ardennes in December of 1944. Men like Durning gave so much and many more like him gave far more than he did.
 
2012-12-25 09:35:08 AM  

theewhiterhino: Dog Day Afternoon, Oh Brother where Art Thou, Hudsucker Proxy, and the voice of Peter Griffin's father. Nice career. You're gone, but will live on forever.

If you want to see a good synopsis of life as a character actor, check out "That Guy...Who Was In That Thing"

/I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbiatch! You don't tell your pappy how to court the electorate. We ain't one-at-a-timin' here. We're MASS communicating!


At one time he was engaged to Tootsie.

RIP 89yrs is a pretty good run, especially when a whole country was trying to kill him back in '44.
 
2012-12-25 09:37:40 AM  
Damnit, stop dying old actors.
 
2012-12-25 09:42:27 AM  

PaLarkin: BadMotivator: R.I.P. Doc Hopper, you were a great bad guy.

Sadly Doctor Quincy won't be available to determine the cause of death. :-(


Why was Quincy relegated to just the entertainment tab while during is on the main page? Weird because Quincy was the bigger actor.....
 
2012-12-25 09:43:52 AM  
What the f*ck is a "character actor?" Don't ALL actors play "characters?"
 
2012-12-25 09:46:44 AM  

planes: The Washington Post obituary doesn't do this war hero justice. Read the obituary done by the New York Times , to really learn about Charles Durning:

"Then came World War II, and he enlisted in the Army. His combat experiences were harrowing. He was in the first wave of troops to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day and his unit's lone survivor of a machine-gun ambush. In Belgium he was stabbed in hand-to-hand combat with a German soldier, whom he bludgeoned to death with a rock. Fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he and the rest of his company were captured and forced to march through a pine forest at Malmedy, the scene of an infamous massacre in which the Germans opened fire on almost 90 prisoners. Mr. Durning was among the few to escape...


89.

/not counting the mezzanine
//he was awesome in Dog Day Afternoon as well
 
2012-12-25 09:47:42 AM  
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-12-25 09:48:06 AM  
thisdistractedglobe.com

"Come on out, Sonny. I ain't packin' nothin'."
 
2012-12-25 09:53:57 AM  
And now thinking of what actors could be next due to age I would like to see death take the rest of Christmas off, unless of course lohan is on his list, nobody would care if she's taken....
 
2012-12-25 10:02:26 AM  
RIP to a proud soilder, and a damned fine actor. he will be missed.
 
2012-12-25 10:10:32 AM  
 
2012-12-25 10:32:04 AM  
www.horrorphile.net

"There ain't many of us left"
"I know"
 
2012-12-25 10:33:00 AM  
Missed me again!

www.nndb.com
 
2012-12-25 10:35:10 AM  
And he gives a hearty fark you to all the doctors who say you can't be obese and live long.

He gives it in unison with Ernest Borgnine
 
2012-12-25 10:37:40 AM  

unfarkingbelievable: What the f*ck is a "character actor?" Don't ALL actors play "characters?"


No, not really. Character actors are known for playing a specific type (villians, etc).  They're also not as immediately recognizable as A-list actors, who are more known for their looks.
 
2012-12-25 10:39:56 AM  

KrispyKritter: No disrespect intended but Tracey Walter of Jersey City N.J. is the definition of character actor.

<img src="[bristle.files.wordpress.com image 500x331] ">


Not even remotely. Try again.
 
2012-12-25 10:44:15 AM  
I don't know, Alien3 sucked.
 
2012-12-25 10:46:48 AM  

Frothy Panties: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Mandapants: RIP Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Did the Duke remember the Tooth?

Wrong guy. That was Kenneth McMillan


Yes, Kenneth McMillan... the guy who got the roles they couldn't get Charles Durning for.

I also very much liked him as the President in "... twilight's last gleaming"

s3.amazonaws.com
 
2012-12-25 10:54:55 AM  
Damn, I was sad when I saw that Klugman passed because of all the true laughs he had given me over the years.  Now however I'm truly broken up.  Not because of the immense enjoyment I got from watching his acting career, but rather knowing that yet another true hero of WW2 has gone to rejoin his comrades of their youth.

/I can understand completely why he wouldn't want to but wish that he had recounted his wartime experiences to someone.  To be involved in not one but two major events (1st wave assaulting Omaha & later the Malmady Massacre) where the vast majority of the participants didn't make it is incredible to say the least.  As many of the participants died right then & most of the others who lived have since passed, it is important to get that information from people who were there before there voices too are silenced forever.

RIP Mr Durning, this broken down old REMF has nothing but respect for what you did & then even more for coming home & getting busy living the rest of your life.
 
2012-12-25 10:55:39 AM  
The man will be missed by me and many others.
 
2012-12-25 11:00:56 AM  
www.patentlyqueer.com
There are two kinds of character actors in this world, my friend; the dead who are remembered, and the unknown like us, eh Blondie?
 
2012-12-25 11:09:33 AM  
I suddenly have the urge to sing 'You are my Sunshine.'

He was always one of my favorite character actors, and I had no idea until today that he was such a badass war hero. He will be missed.
 
2012-12-25 11:10:32 AM  

Frothy Panties: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Mandapants: RIP Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Did the Duke remember the Tooth?

Wrong guy. That was Kenneth McMillan


You must be new here.
 
2012-12-25 11:10:54 AM  
Let the good times roll.
 
2012-12-25 11:18:23 AM  
Thanks for all of the memories..
 
2012-12-25 11:23:52 AM  

dittybopper: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 320x253]


I remember that movie, "Dark Night of the Scarecrow". Larry Drake played the mentally challenged man who was mistreated and wrongfully murdered at the hands of the postman (Charles Durning) & his cohorts.
 
2012-12-25 11:30:30 AM  
He was the coolest parish priest ever on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. He had some funny lines in the episode where Raymond put on a renewal of his wedding vows ceremony because he had taped the Giants superbowl win over their wedding video. "You want to renew your wedding vows? Okay, whadda do?" Then during the ceremony at a key moment they cut the camera to him and he got this look on his face and said in a stage whisper "kiss her, kiss her now". I have no idea what was said after that because I was laughing so hard.

www.sitcomsonline.com
 
2012-12-25 11:40:00 AM  
Will miss him.  He gave me a lot of positive memories?


Think Abe is getting nervous yet?
 
2012-12-25 12:04:14 PM  

steamingpile: PaLarkin: BadMotivator: R.I.P. Doc Hopper, you were a great bad guy.

Sadly Doctor Quincy won't be available to determine the cause of death. :-(

Why was Quincy relegated to just the entertainment tab while during is on the main page? Weird because Quincy was the bigger actor.....


Oh, now you've done it.
 
2012-12-25 12:07:25 PM  
Who?
 
2012-12-25 12:10:44 PM  

From NPR-

He was among the first wave of U.S. soldiers to land at Normandy during the D-Day invasion and the only member of his Army unit to survive. He killed several Germans and was wounded in the leg. Later he was bayoneted by a young German soldier whom he killed with a rock. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and survived a massacre of prisoners.

In later years, he refused to discuss the military service for which he was awarded the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts.

"Too many bad memories," he told an interviewer in 1997. "I don't want you to see me crying."

 
2012-12-25 12:18:31 PM  

All these posts about Charles and none of you have remembered his most famous and best role ever?

Shame on you people.



i1129.photobucket.com
 
2012-12-25 12:30:09 PM  
This one seems most appropriate.
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2012-12-25 12:34:11 PM  

dittybopper: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 320x253]



s2.postimage.org

s2.postimage.org
 
2012-12-25 12:50:35 PM  

i.imgur.com
RIP Paul Maud'ib

 
2012-12-25 01:33:03 PM  
This sucks. :(
 
2012-12-25 01:36:12 PM  

Fiction Fan: All these posts about Charles and none of you have remembered his most famous and best role ever?Shame on you people.

[i1129.photobucket.com image 312x232]


softshoes: theewhiterhino: Dog Day Afternoon, Oh Brother where Art Thou, Hudsucker Proxy, and the voice of Peter Griffin's father. Nice career. You're gone, but will live on forever.

If you want to see a good synopsis of life as a character actor, check out "That Guy...Who Was In That Thing"

/I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbiatch! You don't tell your pappy how to court the electorate. We ain't one-at-a-timin' here. We're MASS communicating!

At one time he was engaged to Tootsie.

RIP 89yrs is a pretty good run, especially when a whole country was trying to kill him back in '44.


But yeah, great role
 
2012-12-25 01:51:40 PM  
One of the greatest things I ever saw in credits was in an awful movie where Durning starred that was close to "Mr. Durning would like to thank (xyzzy) tax attorneys who showed him how to upset the IRS by purposely starring in a money loser and profiting handsomely from the effort"
 
2012-12-25 01:59:38 PM  

theropod: Character Actor: a polite way of saying, "He better be good, cause he ain't gonna get by on looks alone."


Speaking of awesome character actors, last night I was watching Gremlins and after all these years finally realized that the deputy is Mike from Breaking Bad.
 
2012-12-25 02:10:20 PM  

willyfreddy: BadMotivator: R.I.P. Doc Hopper, you were a great bad guy.

[img18.imageshack.us image 300x210]

Still one of my favourite movies of all time!!

Znuh: Good gravy, who knew he was so hardcore? "Killed a German soldier with a rock".

Damn.

FTFA: His father was unable to work, having lost a leg and been gassed during World War I, so his mother supported the family by washing the uniforms of West Point cadets. The younger Durning himself would barely survive World War II. He was among the first wave of U.S. soldiers to land at Normandy during the D-Day invasion and the only member of his Army unit to survive. He killed several Germans and was wounded in the leg. Later he was bayoneted by a young German soldier whom he killed with a rock. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and survived a massacre of prisoners.

Holy crap. He WAS a badass.

/thanks for highlighting that, Znuh, or I never would have read the article.


According to the article, Durning was apparently bayoneted by a German ZOMBIE!

"Later he was bayoneted by a young German soldier whom he killed with a rock."
 
2012-12-25 02:13:29 PM  
Welp, I guess we'll never see Bill O'reilly apologize to him for claiming Malmedy was a *US* war crime...
 
2012-12-25 02:41:09 PM  
Supposedly he still had the Nazi bullet in him from being shot. But this is what really got me:

At an observation of the 60th anniversary of D-Day in Washington, Durning told of the terror he felt and carnage he saw when hitting the beach on D-Day. He said he had to jettison his weapon and gear in order to swim ashore and saw mortally wounded comrades offering themselves as human shields.

Damn. Rest in peace, good sir(s).
 
2012-12-25 04:08:45 PM  
Best Little Whorehouse in Texas trifecta in play.
 
2012-12-25 04:10:09 PM  

Hoopy Frood: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas trifecta in play.


Dropped link. Let's try this again.
 
2012-12-25 04:20:32 PM  
He did an excellent episode of NCIS in 2004(Call of Silence), where he played a WW2 vet who confesses to killing his best friend, on Iwo Jima. If you haven't seen it, I suggest you look it up, even if you're not a fan of the show. He put in a stellar performance.
 
2012-12-25 05:47:11 PM  
At least he never diddled the livestock.
 
2012-12-25 07:02:01 PM  

CSM101: He did an excellent episode of NCIS in 2004(Call of Silence), where he played a WW2 vet who confesses to killing his best friend, on Iwo Jima. If you haven't seen it, I suggest you look it up, even if you're not a fan of the show. He put in a stellar performance.


Without question, he and Harmon made a damn fine episode. One of my few favorites.
 
2012-12-25 07:35:47 PM  
Nougats!
 
2012-12-25 07:38:12 PM  
"Character actor"= "working actor"
 
2012-12-25 07:43:57 PM  

browneye: Damn I just saw him a couple of weeks ago in The Sting.  Excellent actor.  And his military record is farkin' jaw-dropping.

Rest in peace Mr. Durning.  And thank you.


All of the above, but do yourself a favor and search out 1977's  Twight's Last Gleaming, recently released on Dvd. His performance as United States (at least we were at the time, I think) President David Stevens will astound you.
 
2012-12-25 07:45:08 PM  

John Buck 41: browneye: Damn I just saw him a couple of weeks ago in The Sting.  Excellent actor.  And his military record is farkin' jaw-dropping.

Rest in peace Mr. Durning.  And thank you.

All of the above, but do yourself a favor and search out 1977's  Twight's Last Gleaming, recently released on Dvd. His performance as United States (at least we were at the time, I think) President David Stevens will astound you.


Uh, that'd be  Twilight's.
 
2012-12-25 07:50:48 PM  

FlashHarry: In the Parade interview, he recalled the hand-to-hand combat. "I was crossing a field somewhere in Belgium," he said. "A German soldier ran toward me carrying a bayonet. He couldn't have been more than 14 or 15. I didn't see a soldier. I saw a boy. Even though he was coming at me, I couldn't shoot."

They grappled, he recounted later - he was stabbed seven or eight times - until finally he grasped a rock and made it a weapon. After killing the youth, he said, he held him in his arms and wept.


Reading that makes his tirade/monologue in the Oval Office in  Twilight's Last Gleaming all the more impressive.
 
2012-12-25 07:53:10 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: unfarkingbelievable: What the f*ck is a "character actor?" Don't ALL actors play "characters?"

No, not really. Character actors are known for playing a specific type (villians, etc).   They're also not as immediately recognizable as A-list actors, who are more known for their looks.


Jesus Christ, THANK YOU for explaining that to morons who don't/didn't get the nuance.
 
2012-12-25 07:55:06 PM  

LonMead: Frothy Panties: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Mandapants: RIP Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Did the Duke remember the Tooth?

Wrong guy. That was Kenneth McMillan

Yes, Kenneth McMillan... the guy who got the roles they couldn't get Charles Durning for.

I also very much liked him as the President in "... twilight's last gleaming"

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Knew you were favorited in bright green for a reason. Actually 2. Now I have a 3rd.
 
2012-12-25 08:17:07 PM  

FlashHarry: In the Parade interview, he recalled the hand-to-hand combat. "I was crossing a field somewhere in Belgium," he said. "A German soldier ran toward me carrying a bayonet. He couldn't have been more than 14 or 15. I didn't see a soldier. I saw a boy. Even though he was coming at me, I couldn't shoot."

They grappled, he recounted later - he was stabbed seven or eight times - until finally he grasped a rock and made it a weapon. After killing the youth, he said, he held him in his arms and wept.

holy ever-living fark.


Gosh, THIS.

I learned at my father's funeral that he had 'won' I think 'earned' is a better word - two Bronze Stars for bravery while fighting in North Africa and Italy as a tank killer.

None of us know what he did to earn them because he never mentioned it.

Not once.
 
2012-12-25 10:22:58 PM  
so long, pappy o'daniel, some day I'll make your chain of french fried frog legs a reality
 
2012-12-25 10:24:42 PM  
Bush, Dole and Mandela wont be around much longer. They have reached the "too old to recover from sickness" stage.
 
2012-12-25 11:25:03 PM  
Charles Durning was Rambo.

//Enjoyed your work
 
2012-12-26 12:42:36 AM  
RIP Spermwhale...

somewhat obscure but on Netflix
 
2012-12-26 12:51:13 AM  

Frothy Panties: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Mandapants: RIP Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Did the Duke remember the Tooth?

Wrong guy. That was Kenneth McMillan


I get those two messed up a lot.
 
2012-12-26 01:40:09 AM  
Regarding Bush, I think the picture in this article really says it all:
Link

As someone else said, he just isn't getting better. Every time they think he's getting better, he takes a step back. In November it was "non-life-threatening" and "expected to make a full recovery" while now it's "cautiously optimistic" that he will recover.

He's 88, has a couple of underlying health issues, and I really don't think he's going to get out of the hospital.
Nelson Mandela is getting at that point as well. Bob Dole is there. Prince Phillip is there. Simply frail, frail old men and nature is doing what it does.

Who knows for sure though? Maybe they will all pull a Zsa Zsa and stick around a few more years.
But if you are filling out a 2013 death pool, they are safe bets.
 
2012-12-26 04:31:34 AM  

Znuh: Good gravy, who knew he was so hardcore? "Killed a German soldier with a rock".

Damn.


He was overweight and middle aged looking for the better part of 40 years, kinda like Wilfred Brimley, who was old when young.

Maybe the war aged him and he ran with that. I wouldn't have pegged him as 89.
 
2012-12-26 08:52:26 AM  
Take the list of all the great character actors mentioned in this thread. Now strike a line through the ones that that didn't land on Normandy on D-day. Now take off the ones that weren't in the Battle Of The Bulge. Now remove the ones that weren't survivors of the Malmedy Massacre Link. How many do you hve left?
 
2012-12-26 11:47:32 AM  
He has merged with the infinite.
RIP to one of my favorite actors and a  man with tremendous brass ones.
 
2012-12-26 02:06:59 PM  

Mandapants: Frothy Panties: Lt. Cheese Weasel: Mandapants: RIP Baron Vladimir Harkonnen

Did the Duke remember the Tooth?

Wrong guy. That was Kenneth McMillan

You must be new here.


Nope, but nice try. Don't feel so bad; everyone makes mistakes.
 
2012-12-26 08:58:04 PM  
www.starkist.com

RIP Charles Tuna
 
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