Charles Durning

Biography

Date of Birth 28 February 1923, Highland Falls, New York, USA Date of Death 24 December 2012, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA (natural causes) Nickname Chuck Height 5' 8" (1.73 m) Mini Biography Ex-pro boxer, WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor are all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday ! The stockily built Charles Durning is one of Hollywood's most dependable and sought after supporting actors who first got his start in guest appearances in early 1960's TV shows. He scored minor roles over the next decade until he really got noticed by film fans as the sneering, corrupt cop "Lt. Snyder" hassling street grifter 'Robert Redford' in the multi award winning mega-hit The Sting (1973). Durning was equally entertaining in the Billy Wilder production of The Front Page (1974), he supported screen tough guy Charles Bronson in the suspenseful western Breakheart Pass (1975) and featured as "Spermwhale Whalen" in the story of unorthodox police behavior in The Choirboys (1977). The versatile Durning is equally adept at comedic roles and demonstrated his skills as "Doc Hopper" in The Muppet Movie (1979), a feisty football coach in North Dallas Forty (1979), a highly strung police officer berating maverick cop Burt Reynolds in Sharky's Machine (1981), and a light footed, dancing Governor (alongside Burt Reynolds once more) in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982). Durning continued a regular on screen association with Burt Reynolds appearing in several more feature films together and as "Dr. Harlan Elldridge" in the highly popular TV series "Evening Shade" (1990). On par with his multitude of feature film roles, Durning has always been in high demand on television and has guest starred in "Everybody Loves Raymond" (1996), "Monk" (2002) and "Rescue Me" (2004). Plus, he has appeared in the role of "Santa Claus" in five different telemovies!

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Birth Name

Charles Edward Joseph Durning

Birth Place

Highland Falls, Nueva York, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

2/28/1923

Death Date

12/24/2012
Known For
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Spy Hard

The Director

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Dark Night Of The Scarecrow

Otis P. Hazelrigg

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State and Main

Mayor George Bailey

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To Be or Not to Be

Col. Erhardt

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True Confessions

Jack Amsterdam

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Governor

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The Fury

Dr. Jim McKeever

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Desperation

Tom Billingsley

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Hi, Mom

Superintendent (as Charles Durnham)

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Sisters

Joseph Larch

Starring In
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Broadway: The Golden Age

Self

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Scavenger Killers

Dylan Frier

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The Great Fight

Judge Frier

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Shannon's Rainbow

Floyd

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Amazing Racer

Floyd

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Desolation

Tom Billingsley

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A Bunch Of Amateurs

Charlie Rosenberg

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iMurders

Dr. Seamus St. Martin

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Deal

Charlie Adler

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The Golden Boys

John Bartlett

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Good Dick

Charlie

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Polycarp

Alexander Hathaway

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Desperation

Tom Billingsley

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Local Color

Yammi

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Miracle Dogs Too

Capt. Pete Weaver

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Forget About It

Eddie O'Brien

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River's End

Murray Blythe

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Detective

Councilman Max Ernst

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Dirty Deeds: One Wild Night

Victor Rasdale

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A Boyfriend for Christmas

Santa Claus

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Broadway - The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

Himself

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Aposta Final

Mr. Orlick

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Mr. St. Nick

King Nicholas XX (Santa Claus)

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Everwood: The Complete First Season

Eugene Brown (2 episodes, 2006)

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Mother Ghost

George

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Bleacher Bums

Scorekeeper Victor

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Turn of Faith

Philly Russo

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The Final Hit (2000)

Syd Wolf

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State and Main

Mayor George Bailey

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L.A.P.D. To Protect and Serve

Stuart Steele

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The Judge

Judge Harlan Radovich

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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Pappy O'Daniel

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Very Mean Men

Paddy Mulroney

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Lakeboat

Skippy

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Hostage Hotel

Det. Charlie Duffy

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Hard Time: The Premonition

Det. Charlie Duffy

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Justice

Moe Ryan

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Jerry and Tom

Vic

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Hi-Life

Fatty

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A Chance of Snow

Earl Pulmer

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Shelter

Capt. Robert Landis

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Hard Time

Det. Charlie Duffy

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One Fine Day

Lew

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The Grass Harp

Reverend Buster

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Spy Hard

The Director

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The Land Before Time: Journey Through the Mists

Archie (voice)

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Mrs. Santa Claus

Santa Claus

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Sesame Street - Elmo Saves Christmas

Santa Claus

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The Last Supper

Reverend

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Home for the Holidays

Henry Larson

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A Woman of Independent Means

Andrew Alcott

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I.Q.

Louis Bamberger

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The Hudsucker Proxy

Waring Hudsucker

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When a Stranger Calls Back

John Clifford

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The Music of Chance

Bill Flower

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V.I. Warshawski

Det. Lt. Bobby Mallory

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The Story Lady

Judge (uncredited)

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Dick Tracy

Chief Brandon

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Brenda Starr

Editor Francis I. Livright

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It Nearly Wasn't Christmas

Santa

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Ballet

Zio Joshua

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Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge

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Dinner at Eight

Dan Packard

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Case Closed

Les Kabowski

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Cop

Dutch Peltz

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Far North

Bertrum

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The Gambler: The Legend Continues

Sen. Henry Colton

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Happy New Year

Charlie

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The Rosary Murders

Father Ted Nabors

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Meatballs III: Summer Job

Pete, Heaven Doorman (uncredited)

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Solarbabies

The Warden

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Tough Guys

Deke Yablonski

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Where the River Runs Black

Father O'Reilly

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Big Trouble

O'Mara

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Death of a Salesman

Charley

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Stand Alone

Louis Thibadeau

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The Man with One Red Shoe

Ross

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Stick

Chucky

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Mass Appeal

Monsignor Thomas Burke

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To Be or Not to Be

Col. Erhardt

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Two of a Kind

Charlie

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Scarface

Immigration Officer (voice) (uncredited)

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Tootsie

Leslie 'Les' Nichols

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The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

Governor

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Sharky's Machine

Friscoe

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Dark Night Of The Scarecrow

Otis P. Hazelrigg

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True Confessions

Jack Amsterdam

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Crisis at Central High

Jess Matthews

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The Final Countdown

Sen. Samuel Chapman

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Attica

Commissioner Russell Oswald

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Die Laughing

Arnold

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Starting Over

Michael (Mickey) Potter

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North Dallas Forty

Coach Johnson

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When a Stranger Calls

John Clifford

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The Muppet Movie

Doc Hopper

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Tilt

Harold 'The Whale' Remmens

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An Enemy Of The People

Peter Stockmann

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The Fury

Dr. Jim McKeever

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The Greek Tycoon

Michael Russell

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Twilight's Last Gleaming

President David T. Stevens

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Die Chorknaben

Spermwhale Whalen

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Harry and Walter Go to New York

Rufus T. Crisp

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Breakheart Pass

O'Brien

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The Hindenburg

Captain Max Pruss

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Dog Day Afternoon

Moretti

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Queen of the Stardust Ballroom

Al Green

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The Front Page

Murphy

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The Sting

Lt. Wm. Snyder

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Sisters

Joseph Larch

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Doomsday Voyage

Jason's First Mate

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The Pursuit of Happiness

2nd Guard

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I Walk the Line

Hunnicutt

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Hi, Mom

Superintendent (as Charles Durnham)

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Stiletto

Cop (uncredited)

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The Password Is Courage

American Soldier (uncredited)

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