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Film star Charles Durning dies aged 89
Belfast Telegraph ^ | 25th December 2012 | Belfast Telegraph

Posted on 12/25/2012 4:02:19 AM PST by the scotsman

'Two-time Oscar nominee Charles Durning - dubbed the king of the character actors - has died aged 89.

He died on Christmas Eve of natural causes at his New York City home.

Durning portrayed everyone from blustery public officials to put-upon everymen to Big Daddy in a Broadway revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. It won him a Tony award in 1990.

He was nominated for an Oscar for his over-the-top performance as a corrupt governor in 1982's The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. Just a year later, he got another nomination for Mel Brooks's To Be Or Not To Be.'

(Excerpt) Read more at belfasttelegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: durning; hollywood; obituary; veteran

1 posted on 12/25/2012 4:02:31 AM PST by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

Less we forget, landed at Normandy on D-Day. Another hero gone to his reward.


2 posted on 12/25/2012 4:08:30 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (CBC, just another bunch of jive a$$ street corner hustlers)
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To: the scotsman

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.

Great part he played in Brother where are you


3 posted on 12/25/2012 4:11:58 AM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: Harold Shea

Another WW2 hero gone to “Post Everlasting”.

We will never see his like in todays Hollywood actors.


4 posted on 12/25/2012 4:22:45 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Harold Shea

Yes! Excellent acting in “Brother Where Art Thou!”

Durning was the great “Menelaus “Pappy” O’Daniel.”

Great role.


5 posted on 12/25/2012 4:22:55 AM PST by Joe Marine 76 ("It's The Natural Born Citizenship, Stupid!")
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To: the scotsman

6 posted on 12/25/2012 4:46:02 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Harold Shea

Wow, thanks for that detail. Interesting. I did not know that about him. Always like his acting.


7 posted on 12/25/2012 4:48:07 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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8 posted on 12/25/2012 4:48:34 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Just Durn.


9 posted on 12/25/2012 4:49:09 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: the scotsman

At least he didn’t die like Waring Hudsucker, by falling 44 floors (including the mezzanine).


10 posted on 12/25/2012 4:53:35 AM PST by Disambiguator (America chose...poorly.)
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To: the scotsman

Thanks for posting...


11 posted on 12/25/2012 5:05:25 AM PST by mosesdapoet ("A voice crying in the wilderness make streight for the way of the Lord")
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother
Yes, as others note, he escaped during the Malmady massacre of prisoners.

Jack Klugman died yesterday as well.

12 posted on 12/25/2012 5:12:52 AM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: the scotsman

His performance on an episode of NCIS I thought was particularly good.


13 posted on 12/25/2012 5:17:06 AM PST by tbpiper
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To: the scotsman

14 posted on 12/25/2012 5:22:14 AM PST by StAnDeliver (Own It.)
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To: the scotsman

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


15 posted on 12/25/2012 6:20:03 AM PST by PGalt
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To: the scotsman

R.I.P. Charles. There goes another piece of my youth.


16 posted on 12/25/2012 6:42:27 AM PST by vladimir998
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To: the scotsman
A great character actor, and a true patriot.

Dog Day Afternoon One of my favorite flicks ever!
17 posted on 12/25/2012 6:47:51 AM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: Harold Shea

Wow, what a life, amazing survival story. And I can understand why he couldn’t talk about military service. No one and nothing can prepare a man to survive that.


18 posted on 12/25/2012 7:04:06 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: ican'tbelieveit

RIP Soldier. Thank you for your service.


19 posted on 12/25/2012 7:11:03 AM PST by itsLUCKY2B (?Borders, Language, and Culture.?)
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To: the scotsman
Charles Durning - dubbed the king of the character actors
One of my favorite actors, in one of my favorite movies. RIP ...

20 posted on 12/25/2012 7:47:13 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: the scotsman

Charles Durning, Dub Taylor, Strother Martin. Tremendous character actors.


21 posted on 12/25/2012 8:18:49 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: the scotsman

I recall hearing Durning recite the following poem about the bloody Battle of Carrentan on a documentrary about Normandy.


Carentan O Carentan
By Louis Simpson 1923–2012 Louis Simpson

Trees in the old days used to stand
And shape a shady lane
Where lovers wandered hand in hand
Who came from Carentan.

This was the shining green canal
Where we came two by two
Walking at combat-interval.
Such trees we never knew.

The day was early June, the ground
Was soft and bright with dew.
Far away the guns did sound,
But here the sky was blue.

The sky was blue, but there a smoke
Hung still above the sea
Where the ships together spoke
To towns we could not see.

Could you have seen us through a glass
You would have said a walk
Of farmers out to turn the grass,
Each with his own hay-fork.

The watchers in their leopard suits
Waited till it was time,
And aimed between the belt and boot
And let the barrel climb.

I must lie down at once, there is
A hammer at my knee.
And call it death or cowardice,
Don’t count again on me.

Everything’s all right, Mother,
Everyone gets the same
At one time or another.
It’s all in the game.

I never strolled, nor ever shall,
Down such a leafy lane.
I never drank in a canal,
Nor ever shall again.

There is a whistling in the leaves
And it is not the wind,
The twigs are falling from the knives
That cut men to the ground.

Tell me, Master-Sergeant,
The way to turn and shoot.
But the Sergeant’s silent
That taught me how to do it.

O Captain, show us quickly
Our place upon the map.
But the Captain’s sickly
And taking a long nap.

Lieutenant, what’s my duty,
My place in the platoon?
He too’s a sleeping beauty,
Charmed by that strange tune.

Carentan O Carentan
Before we met with you
We never yet had lost a man
Or known what death could do.


RIP Pvt. Durning.


22 posted on 12/25/2012 8:19:19 AM PST by Ditto
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To: Jimmy Valentine's brother

Merry Christmas, JVB! I hope all is well with you and yours. I didn’t know about Durning’s military service. What a man! I enjoyed watching him in movies. Great actor.


23 posted on 12/25/2012 8:23:50 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: a fool in paradise

And they thought he was dead!


24 posted on 12/25/2012 10:39:30 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Harold Shea

I loved him in “Brother, Where Art Thou.”
Mr. Durning is one of the Great Ones of the Greatest Generation.

RIP


25 posted on 12/25/2012 11:20:55 AM PST by jayrunner
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To: rabidralph

Merry Christmas a day later my EPIC FRiend.
Hope this finds you and your family in fine fettle enjoying the crisp air and keeping your tools cleaned and lubricated.


26 posted on 12/26/2012 4:30:58 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine's brother (CBC, just another bunch of jive a$$ street corner hustlers)
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