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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 134
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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)

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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
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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.

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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"

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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
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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

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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.



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