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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   ( divider line
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2012-12-25 07:38:12 PM  
2 votes:
"Character actor"= "working actor"
2012-12-25 09:31:10 AM  
2 votes:
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 08:34:57 AM  
2 votes:
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 07:50:38 AM  
2 votes:
Character Actor: a polite way of saying, "He better be good, cause he ain't gonna get by on looks alone."
2012-12-25 07:27:04 AM  
2 votes:
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 04:03:36 AM  
2 votes:
No disrespect intended but Tracey Walter of Jersey City N.J. is the definition of character actor.

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2012-12-26 12:42:36 AM  
1 vote:
RIP Spermwhale...

somewhat obscure but on Netflix
2012-12-25 12:30:09 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-12-25 11:00:56 AM  
1 vote:
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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 09:37:40 AM  
1 vote:
Damnit, stop dying old actors.
2012-12-25 09:35:08 AM  
1 vote:

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 08:36:03 AM  
1 vote:

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 08:33:53 AM  
1 vote:
He made every role fantastic, no matter how stubby.
2012-12-25 08:33:14 AM  
1 vote:
Had a fabulous guest role on NCIS.  *sniff*
2012-12-25 07:47:41 AM  
1 vote:

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 06:29:17 AM  
1 vote:
RIP, Senator Samuel Chapman (but he got to die twice)

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2012-12-25 05:49:06 AM  
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2012-12-25 05:47:52 AM  
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R.I P. Gov. Pappy
2012-12-25 04:41:17 AM  
1 vote:
RIP Abe Vigoda.
2012-12-25 04:28:02 AM  
1 vote:
Thou shalt have no other kings before me.

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2012-12-25 04:27:57 AM  
1 vote:

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 04:14:55 AM  
1 vote:
Among his other credits he totally stole Choirboys.

RIP badass.
2012-12-25 03:45:22 AM  
1 vote:
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 03:43:29 AM  
1 vote:
Ooooooo, I wanna dance a little side step...
2012-12-25 03:38:22 AM  
1 vote:
Oh goddammit. One of the true greats, on and off screen.

A great American soldier has passed.

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2012-12-25 03:34:02 AM  
1 vote:
R.I.P. Doc Hopper, you were a great bad guy.
2012-12-25 03:25:12 AM  
1 vote:
He was great in the original "When a Stranger Calls".

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