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Charles Durning, king of character actors, dies in NYC
Associated Press via TBO.com ^ | December 25, 2012 | BOB THOMAS, Associated Press

Posted on 12/25/2012 2:15:22 AM PST by Lancey Howard

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Charles Durning, the two-time Oscar nominee who was dubbed the king of the character actors for his skill in playing everything from a Nazi colonel to the pope, died Monday at his home in New York City. He was 89.

Durning's longtime agent and friend, Judith Moss, told The Associated Press that he died Monday of natural causes in his home in the borough of Manhattan.

Although he portrayed everyone from blustery public officials to comic foils to put-upon everymen, Durning may be best remembered by movie audiences for his Oscar-nominated, over-the-top role as a comically corrupt governor in 1982's "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas."

Many critics marveled that such a heavyset man could be so nimble in the film's show-stopping song-and-dance number, not realizing Durning had been a dance instructor early in his career.

(Excerpt) Read more at hosted.ap.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: durning; hollywood; obituary; veteran

1 posted on 12/25/2012 2:15:25 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

He was great in Rescue Me. Klugman now him. Who’s next?


2 posted on 12/25/2012 2:17:16 AM PST by MAD-AS-HELL (There was a revultion brewing but it turned out to be piss water.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Great actor. He starred in the best episode of NCIS they ever made. It was the one where Durning played a Medal of Honor recipient who had served in WWII with the Marines. He was depressed by the recent loss of his wife and he walked into NCIS and confessed to murdering his buddy on Iwo Jima. He really thought he had. Gibbs, of course, figured everything out.

RIP, Mr. Durning.


3 posted on 12/25/2012 2:20:07 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Always loved watching this actor since I was small. Seems like he was in everything & around forever. RIP.


4 posted on 12/25/2012 2:26:43 AM PST by LongWayHome
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To: Lancey Howard
Of note:

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."

5 posted on 12/25/2012 2:26:43 AM PST by abb
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To: Lancey Howard
RIP. Tough man during the war, too.
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. …
Got three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star.
6 posted on 12/25/2012 2:26:54 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: abb
Blast . . . you get there eleven seconds before me Yes it is indeed noteworthy.
7 posted on 12/25/2012 2:30:53 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Lancey Howard

Not much on musicals but the mentioned “Sidestep” is an exception. One of the funniest, and true, things I’ve ever seen.


8 posted on 12/25/2012 2:33:12 AM PST by Proud_texan
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To: Lancey Howard

There is a rumor that Mr. Durning, like Harvey Keitel, has been in every movie since the 1950s. I will miss him.
RIP, Casey. Give my regards to Mickey Mantle.


9 posted on 12/25/2012 2:33:32 AM PST by righttackle44 (Take scalps. Leave the bodies as a warning.)
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To: Olog-hai

Looks like the ghosts stayed with him, and he dealt with it the best he could.


10 posted on 12/25/2012 2:34:38 AM PST by abb
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To: Lancey Howard

When I saw the thread, that episode was the first thing I thought of...it always chokes me up.

Well done, Mr. Durning...R.I.P.


11 posted on 12/25/2012 2:36:13 AM PST by stylin19a (obama -> Fredo smart)
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To: Lancey Howard

Goodnight sir.


12 posted on 12/25/2012 2:45:04 AM PST by BigCinBigD (...Was that okay?)
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To: Olog-hai

He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and survived a massacre of prisoners....
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That deserves more information. Mr. During was one tough GI. Not surprising he wouldn’t discuss the matter.

Read more on the murders of US soldiers captured during the Battle of the Bulge.

The Malmedy and Bagnuez Massacres
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malmedy_massacre


13 posted on 12/25/2012 2:53:08 AM PST by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: Lancey Howard

My two favourite movies with him are ‘Sharky’s Machine’ and ‘Stand Alone’.


14 posted on 12/25/2012 2:55:39 AM PST by real saxophonist
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To: real saxophonist
Here's the movie 'Stand Alone'. Slight cheese factor, horrible music, Pam Grier. Durning's son portrays him as a young Marine.
15 posted on 12/25/2012 3:23:31 AM PST by real saxophonist
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To: Lancey Howard

Loved him in The Sting and O Brother Where Art Thou!


16 posted on 12/25/2012 3:36:34 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: Lancey Howard

Sidestep.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fko9_gEJ3w8


17 posted on 12/25/2012 3:38:23 AM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: Lancey Howard

Sidestep.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fko9_gEJ3w8


18 posted on 12/25/2012 3:38:23 AM PST by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: Lancey Howard

19 posted on 12/25/2012 3:54:16 AM PST by Zakeet (Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage - Mencken)
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To: Lancey Howard
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."


Do you think people see the difference between Private First Class Durning and our next secretary of state Lieutenant John F. Kerry? Sadly, I'd say not.
20 posted on 12/25/2012 3:56:34 AM PST by NamVet71MP
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To: Lancey Howard

RIP solder, thanks for serving.


21 posted on 12/25/2012 4:03:39 AM PST by exnavy (Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: Lancey Howard

..another icon of hollywood’s past passes...today’s so called stars can’t hold a candle to the greats of days gone bye. The ever present “remakes”, shows there is a void where talent use to be. From directors to leading roles, it’s just not there.
RIP Mr. Durning.


22 posted on 12/25/2012 4:11:04 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: abb
The ghosts always stay with the sane and the good. They get tucked away and with time lose some of their edge but you can't stop them from visiting occasionally. Only a sociopath could ever forget combat and then there are a few poor souls who never seem to escape it.
23 posted on 12/25/2012 4:13:15 AM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: Lancey Howard

The obits mention his WWII service, and one says he was the only member of his unit to survive. D-Day and the Bulge are specifically mentioned. Does anyone know his unit?


24 posted on 12/25/2012 4:23:12 AM PST by sphinx
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To: cotton1706
Ah, but his most memorable to me is the Best Little Whore House in Texas with Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton. His performance of "Now You See Me, Now You Don't". His singing and dancing was a perfect spoof of the Texas Governor of the time when pretending to shut down the famous whore house in LaGrange, Texas without shutting down!
25 posted on 12/25/2012 4:50:18 AM PST by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation.)
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To: sphinx

from wiki:
Durning served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Drafted at age 21, he was first assigned as a rifleman with the 398th Infantry Regiment, and later served overseas with the 3rd Army Support troops and the 386th Anti-aircraft Artillery (AAA) Battalion. For his valor and the wounds he received during the war, Durning was awarded the Silver Star and three Purple Heart medals.[6]

Durning participated in the Normandy Invasion of France on D-Day, June 6, 1944, and was among the first troops to land at Omaha Beach. In Episode S03E09 of the program Dinner for Five, which also included Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise and Charles Nelson Reilly), Reynolds spoke about Durning’s service career for him, as Durning did not like to talk about it much. Reynolds revealed that Durning was in a group of gliders who overshot their landing zone and that he had to fight alone all the way back to the beach. Reynolds also stated that his own father was there fighting about 15 yards away and that Durning was probably the most decorated veteran (then) still alive from World War II.[7] Some sources state that he was with the 1st Infantry Division at the time, but it is unclear if he served as a rifleman or as a member of one of the division’s artillery battalions.[citation needed]

Durning was wounded by a German “S” Mine on June 15, 1944 at Les Mare des Mares, France. He was transported to the 24th Evacuation Hospital. By June 17 he was back in England at the 217th General Hospital. Although severely wounded by shrapnel in the left and right thighs, the right hand, the frontal region of the head, and the anterior left chest wall, Durning recovered quickly and was determined to be fit for duty on December 6, 1944. He arrived back at the front in time to take part in the Battle of the Bulge, the German counter-offensive through the Ardennes Forest of Belgium and Luxembourg in December 1944.[8][9]

After being wounded again, this time in the chest, Durning was repatriated to the United States. He remained in Army hospitals to receive treatment for wounds until being discharged with the rank of Private First Class on January 30, 1946.


26 posted on 12/25/2012 4:58:45 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Lancey Howard

RIP. He played our Gov Dolph Brisco. You never saw this guy as he was very busy making himself rich. Went on many land buying trips.


27 posted on 12/25/2012 5:00:55 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Lancey Howard
You beat me to it! Still one of my favorite NCIS episodes. Durning was amazing! Pretty darn good in "The Sting", also...not to mention hundreds more.

He and Klugman on the same day. Sad..

RIP, Gentlemen!

28 posted on 12/25/2012 5:01:05 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Lancey Howard
Charles Durning, king of character actors, dies in NYC

RIP. While he was a great actor, he was not "king of character actors."
29 posted on 12/25/2012 5:12:41 AM PST by Vision (Obama is king of the "Takers." Don't be a "Taker.")
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To: sphinx

http://www.nndb.com/people/939/000022873/


30 posted on 12/25/2012 5:14:12 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Olog-hai
Got three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star.

I'll stack his PHs against Kerry's.

31 posted on 12/25/2012 5:23:30 AM PST by AU72
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To: NamVet71MP
"Do you think people see the difference between Private First Class Durning and our next secretary of state Lieutenant John F. Kerry? Sadly, I'd say not."

I don't pretend to know the politics of this heroic American. However, if Mr.During was a man of the left, like most in his profession, he might not agree with you about Senator Kerry but I do.

R.I.P.

32 posted on 12/25/2012 5:58:30 AM PST by wmileo
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To: Doogle

I’m not sure if it was on this thread or another, but there was a statement that he killed a German soldier with a rock during the Battle of the Bulge.


33 posted on 12/25/2012 6:11:08 AM PST by expat1000
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To: Lancey Howard

The dectective with the squeaky shoes in “The Sting”.


34 posted on 12/25/2012 6:14:20 AM PST by Dansong
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To: Lancey Howard

He was great on NCIS as a MARINE who killed his best friend to keep him quiet.


35 posted on 12/25/2012 6:21:06 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: Lancey Howard

He was a great actor. I liked him in True Confessions. The movie did not do real well but he shined in a cast including DeNiro, Duval, Meredith and other great actors.


36 posted on 12/25/2012 6:24:03 AM PST by untwist
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To: Lancey Howard

It was my favorite episode too. It always makes me tear up.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0657985/


37 posted on 12/25/2012 6:24:26 AM PST by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: Lancey Howard

Condolences to family and friends of Charles Durning. America’s finest. R.I.P., sir.


38 posted on 12/25/2012 6:25:01 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Olog-hai

RIP in peace Pvt Durning. Your sacrifices for your country will never be forgotten. It is because of you and those other men with brass balls that we speak American and not German.


39 posted on 12/25/2012 6:31:12 AM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: SMGFan

Thanks for that “sidestep” link. Fabulous. I never saw the movie.


40 posted on 12/25/2012 6:38:14 AM PST by PGalt
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To: expat1000

...his purple heart awards does list bayonet at the Bulge


41 posted on 12/25/2012 6:40:15 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Proud_texan

Oh, his “Sidestep” was hilarious. He and Klugman will be sorely missed.


42 posted on 12/25/2012 6:57:50 AM PST by bgill (We've passed the point of no return. Welcome to Al Amerika.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Prayer up... RIP


43 posted on 12/25/2012 8:04:54 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode
‘Do you think people see the difference between Private First Class Durning and our next secretary of state Lieutenant John F. Kerry? Sadly, I'd say not.’
Mr. Durning was a class act. Mr. Kerry is a crass phoney.
I hope some cable channel will do a few days of showing his great movies. And ‘Sidestep’ came to my mind at once.
Rest in Peace.
Well Done, Durning. Welcome Home.
TWB
44 posted on 12/25/2012 8:35:07 AM PST by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
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To: Lancey Howard

Great actor and a great man, too. RIP.


45 posted on 12/25/2012 10:46:15 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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