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(US Army)   Renown actor Charles Durning and WW2 combat vet who was awarded 3 purple hearts a bronze star and a silver star, is to be buried at Arlington. An Actor who actually accomplished something   (army.mil) divider line 82
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2013-01-23 09:36:24 AM
Sean Connery was a Royal Marine, who disarmed Johnny Stompanato when Stompanato pulled a gun on him.

Don't know how badass that really is. Stompanato got killed by a 14 year old girl in the end.
 
2013-01-23 09:36:56 AM
In honor of Mr. Durning, my favorite scene he played!

Coach Johnson: You should've studied Weeks' tendencies.

Jo Bob: Thought I did, coach.

Coach Johnson: You don't listen. We would'a won if you'd studied those tendencies.

OW: Awww shiat! You never give us anything to bring into the game except your farkin' "facts and tendencies". To you it's just a business, but to us it's still gotta be a sport!

Coach Johnson: You're supposed to be a professional, you go out there and play football!

OW: Shiat, we work harder than anybody to win. But when we're dead tired in the fourth quarter winnin's gotta be more than just money!

Coach Johnson: You were hired to do a job!

OW: Job, JOB!!! I don't want no farkin' job, I wanna play FOOTBALL you icehole! I want some FEELING! I want some farkin' TEAM SPIRIT!!!

Coach Johnson: This ain't no high school, you don't have to love each other to play!

OW: That's just what I mean, you bastard! Every time I call it a game you call it a business. And every time I call it a business you call it a game! YOU, and BA, and all the rest of you coaches are chickenshiat corksoakers! No feelin' for the game at all, man! You'll win, but it'll just be numbers on a scoreboard. Numbers, that's all you care about! Fark man, that's not enough for me!

Coach Johnson: I don't have to listen to this....

OW: Oh YES YOU FARKIN' DO!!! You gotta listen to me for once! All you coaches are chickenshiat corksoakers! You're all CHICKENSHIAT CORKSOAKERS! DAMMIT!!!!

Elliott: Far out....
 
2013-01-23 09:38:03 AM
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2013-01-23 09:39:42 AM

Dr Dreidel: Add to the list of "badasses turned actors" one Corporal Melvin Kaminsky, who served in the US Army during the Battle of the Bulge (also some time before and after, I'd wager).

You may know him as the funniest man alive - Mel Brooks.


And now you know...the REST of the story. Good day.
 
2013-01-23 09:40:28 AM
Also, his guest appearance on NCIS was a FANTASTIC episode.
 
2013-01-23 09:47:38 AM
Gary Cooper--singlehandedly captured a hundred Krauts
Errol Flynn--singlehandedly thwarted Jap advances in Burma while farking teen girls

RIP Durning you hero
 
2013-01-23 09:53:13 AM
Aww I missed the news that he'd died. RIP man who wanted to fark Dustin Hoffman.
 
2013-01-23 10:06:56 AM

StrikitRich: [hollywoodnose.com image 400x300]

LISTEN UP, MAGGOTS MUPPETS!! They Don't call me 'Gunny' for nuthin'!!


FTFY
 
2013-01-23 10:10:03 AM

Ed Willy: Hey, Subby, know what will make the people you are trying to please with this trolling headline much happier? Get off Fark and get back to stocking Preparation H at you day job at Wal-Mart.


Aaand we know who the out of work actor is in this thread.

Refill my coffee boy...
 
2013-01-23 10:10:57 AM

Thrakkorzog: Wow he was a hero and I never knew.


Wow, he was dead, and I never knew. I really need to stay more involved in the world...
 
2013-01-23 10:12:55 AM

dickfreckle: I don't care who you are...if you landed on that beach, you're automatically granted Supreme MotherFarker status in my book.

 
2013-01-23 10:20:43 AM

dickfreckle: I don't care who you are...if you landed on that beach, you're automatically granted Supreme MotherFarker status in my book.


100% agreed.
 
2013-01-23 11:47:19 AM

JosephFinn: BlameBush: Saw Durning in a season 2 episode of NCIS the other day wherein he plays a Medal of Honor recipient who had to kill his best buddy (whose legs had been blown off) to save the lives of the rest of his team. He'd been living with the guilt for 60 yrs and wanted to turn himself in so it was up to Jethro and team to clear his conscience. Very good show - you got the sense that Durning wasn't so much acting as re-living WWII. RIP Greatest Generation Guy.

Today's A list celebs who don't deserve to sniff the asses of the guys on the list above. They only know how to promote themselves and the cause du jour.

Durning got a well-deserved Emmy nomination for that episode. Some great, harrowing work by him there.


THIS. What an excellent episode that is. I had no idea that he had actually served and been wounded in WWII. A lot of his actual experience and anguish must have gone into his performance. I'll never see that episode again quite the same way.
 
2013-01-23 12:12:31 PM
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RIP, Mr. Durning
 
2013-01-23 12:25:56 PM
For a more complete list of actors who served in WW2, please click here: Link

/Didn't know Ted Knight was also a highly decorated combat vet!
 
2013-01-23 12:35:36 PM
He will be placed in the 50 yard line to provide inspiration.

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2013-01-23 12:50:11 PM
At first I thought maybe I was drunk or something. Then I realized whoever wrote this headline is (semi)functionally illiterate.
 
2013-01-23 01:01:54 PM

Triumph: Question for the soldiers on here - how easy would it be to transition from being in the military to working with muppets?

[www.movieactors.com image 504x328]


Meet a boot Lt. and you'll see that we already have the proper training.
 
2013-01-23 01:30:06 PM

freetomato: unlikely: There are a lot of "accomplished something" things that don't involve serving in the military.

A meaningful contribution to a thread about a beloved actor who was also a highly decorated servicemember.  Kudos to you!


Spoken like a whiny ass servicemember who thinks wearing a uniform made them special. I'd bet a dollar you're some kind of military and think yourself inherently superior for it.

He had some pretty spectacular accomplishments, it's true. Some even while defending his country from those who were actually threatening it, but unlike today's generation of special camouflaged snowflakes, he didn't make it his whole identity or wrap himself up in it. He did what had to be done and then moved on to the rest of his life.
 
2013-01-23 01:31:42 PM

srtpointman: Triumph: Question for the soldiers on here - how easy would it be to transition from being in the military to working with muppets?

[www.movieactors.com image 504x328]

Meet a boot Lt. and you'll see that we already have the proper training.



imageshack.us
 
2013-01-23 01:37:29 PM

Mors: unlike today's generation of special camouflaged snowflakes, he didn't make it his whole identity or wrap himself up in it


A little harsh there; swinging with a broad brush is kind of uncool. Freetomato may be one of those, but there are a lot of people who do their work with dignity and don't act like their job made them somehow superior. Including myself and a number of my closest friends. Please be careful when you put stuff like that out there, ok?
 
2013-01-23 01:43:49 PM

unlikely: Mors: unlike today's generation of special camouflaged snowflakes, he didn't make it his whole identity or wrap himself up in it

A little harsh there; swinging with a broad brush is kind of uncool. Freetomato may be one of those, but there are a lot of people who do their work with dignity and don't act like their job made them somehow superior. Including myself and a number of my closest friends. Please be careful when you put stuff like that out there, ok?


I knew I had you favorited for a reason.
 
2013-01-23 01:45:06 PM

Mors: freetomato: unlikely: There are a lot of "accomplished something" things that don't involve serving in the military.

A meaningful contribution to a thread about a beloved actor who was also a highly decorated servicemember.  Kudos to you!

Spoken like a whiny ass servicemember who thinks wearing a uniform made them special. I'd bet a dollar you're some kind of military and think yourself inherently superior for it.

He had some pretty spectacular accomplishments, it's true. Some even while defending his country from those who were actually threatening it, but unlike today's generation of special camouflaged snowflakes, he didn't make it his whole identity or wrap himself up in it. He did what had to be done and then moved on to the rest of his life.



Honestly, I just think that coming into a thread where you clearly have no interest in or love for the subject matter, just to proclaim superiority or contempt is plain dickish/trollish and adds nothing of value.

Also, what unlikely said about the broad brush and all.  I am too old to be called a snowflake.
 
2013-01-23 02:35:21 PM

freetomato: I just think that coming into a thread where you clearly have no interest in or love for the subject matter, just to proclaim superiority or contempt is plain dickish/trollish and adds nothing of value.


freetomato: A meaningful contribution to a thread about a beloved actor who was also a highly decorated servicemember. Kudos to you!


You see how that's funny, right?

freetomato: I am too old to be called a snowflake.


Whatever, snowflake. It's not the age, it's the "my uniform made me special" attitude. It didn't, it doesn't, and people who imply that the only things that count as accomplishing something (see the headline above) involve that form of service... those people deserve a little more disrespect than I'm showing.

unlikely: A little harsh there; swinging with a broad brush is kind of uncool


You are right, and I apologize.
 
2013-01-23 03:35:36 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Renowned actor and WW2 combat vet Charles Durning, who was awarded 3 purple hearts a bronze star and a silver star, is to be buried at Arlington. An Actor who actually accomplished something

Better?

/RIP Mr. Durning


Much better. I was trying to figure out why a decorated combat veteran was being buried with Charles Durning. Seemed an odd request.
 
2013-01-23 06:17:15 PM
iirc James Doohan escaped from nazi prison camps at least once and I believe it was two or more times
He then joined up with one of the European undergrounds and continued fighting

No matter what measuring stick you use on him when you check the measurement it reads *hell of a guy*

Sounds like Charles Durning was cut from the same material
 
2013-01-23 07:27:43 PM

bhcompy: The President of the Navy is a Marine? Who'd have thought..


wut?
(googles)
Oh.
I'm just starting to get into that show, and I'm way too sober.
 
2013-01-23 09:16:53 PM

Mentioned this in the thread a month ago after his death but worth repeating. Check him out as the President in Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977, recently released on Dvd and Blu-Ray)

Link
RIP in Arlington, Mr. Durning
 
2013-01-23 10:02:24 PM
Whenever I hear about a WWII vet who didn't parade his experience, I think about my step-grandfather.  He was an Army Captain in Italy during that time. I don't know much more than he had a Purple Heart and a Silver Star.  He lost a leg and half his hand, and had shrapnel in him that worked its way out in bits and pieces till the day he died of cancer in his late 70s.  He didn't speak of his time there, except for rare occasions when he'd had more than 2 glasses of brandy.  I only know how he lost his leg because I was stuck at my grandma and grandpa's house at 17 (and stuck was how I felt - I wanted to be home, and hanging with my friends).  Apparently a kid in his squad freaked out and ran across a minefield, screaming about how he wanted to go home.  Grandpa tackled him and remembers seeing his own leg flying in the air in slow motion.  At that point in the story, he put the brandy glass down and said goodnight.

He went into the orthotics/prosthetics field after spending over a year in a VA hospital, getting hooked on morphine.  He owned his shop and made limbs for thousands.  As an adult, I wish I'd been more receptive to the times when he was willing to share his experiences, few and far between as they were.  His military history sits in an attic 3000 miles from me.  I'm the only daughter of three whose worn a uniform, and my son is an Army ROTC cadet.  I'm thinking I need to bring those memories with me the next time I visit, to at least put them into a scrapbook. My son might find them interesting later in life.  If nothing else, it would be a contribution to a WWII museum of some sort.

MSgt Snowflake signing off.
 
2013-01-24 12:00:32 AM
Is subby suggesting that modern actors should enlist so they can serve in pointless wars that don't achieve shiat, so they can "accomplish something"? Seeing as WW2 was the last war that wasn't a retarded mistake...
 
2013-01-24 05:18:52 AM

stoli n coke: Can't John Wayne just suck on his own merits? Why try to squeeze this in?

Because in the WWII days,
you had people signing up to serve in droves. Clark Gable, John Ford, Jimmy Stewart, Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Ronald Regan, Joe Louis, etc. Guys at the top of their field, many of whom had families, and all were past the age when they would have been drafted. However, John Wayne, the face of war movies, westerns, and the epitome of manliness at the time stayed home, in many cases, getting film roles because so many other leading men were off serving.

After that, he did more war movies and became a straight up war propagandist during Vietnam, putting out Green Berets, which was an insult to everyone involved in that conflict.
He was the Ted Nugent of his generation.


So, because you wanted to.  I thought I had made it adequately clear that John Wayne was a pussy.  And while Gable and his blood-runneth-over patriotism is quite a contrast from Wayne's pencil dicked waffle story,  he was hardly serving like anyone else.  Point being,  attacking Wayne for being a shallow unscrupulous dickwagon is completely feasible without getting your hands dirty in draft deferment water.  Wayne was as much a draft dodger as Gable was a war hero, which is basically not at all.
 
2013-01-24 05:27:11 PM
Much respect, Mr. Durning.
 
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