Charles Durning

Actor, Dancer, Dance instructor
A veteran character actor who was a widely recognizable face in film and on television for over five decades, Charles Durning earned his place as a dependable presence often playing pugnacious tough guys and authority ... Read more »
Born: 02/28/1923 in Highland Falls, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (204)

Amazing Racer 2014 (Movie)

Floyd (Actor)

Audie and the Wolf 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bombshell 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Forget About It 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hunt for the Devil 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

IMurders 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Seamus St. Martin (Actor)

Room and Board 2014 (Movie)

Grandpa (Actor)

The Life Zone 2014 (Movie)

James Wise (Actor)

Rescue Me 2004 - 2007, 2009, 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Golden Boys 2009 (Movie)

John Bartlett (Actor)

Unbeatable Harold 2009 (Movie)

Harold's Father (Actor)

A Bunch of Amateurs 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

Deal 2008 (Movie)

Charlie Adler (Actor)

Good Dick 2008 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

National Memorial Day Concert 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Kinky Killers 2007 (Movie)

Alexander Caminiti (Actor)

Local Color 2007 (Movie)

Yammi (Actor)

Monk 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert (2007) 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur Hailey's Detective 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Death & Texas 2006 (Movie)

Marshall Ledger (Actor)

Everwood 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Riot Spectacular 2006 (Movie)

Steve Lerman (Actor)

One Last Ride 2006 (Movie)

Orlick (Actor)

Dirty Deeds 2005 (Movie)

Victor Rasdale (Actor)

Family Guy 1990 - 1994, 1999 - 2001, 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Broadway: The Golden Age 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

NCIS 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Arli$$ 1996 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Saint Nick 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

American Veteran Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Citizen Baines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Everybody Loves Raymond 1998 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

First Monday 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jessica Lange: On Her Own Terms 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Education of Gore Vidal 2002 (Movie)

"The Best Man" Performer (Actor)

Turn of Faith 2002 (Movie)

Big Philly (Actor)

Jazz 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

Lakeboat 2001 (Movie)

Skippy (Actor)

National Memorial Day Concert (2001) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Steve Martini's The Judge 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Producer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Cybill 1990 - 1994, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Early Edition 1990 - 1994, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Homicide: Life on the Street 1990 - 1994, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jerry & Tom 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Justice 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert (2000) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

Pappy O'Daniel (Actor)

State and Main 2000 (Movie)

Mayor George Bailey (Actor)

The Practice 1990 - 1994, 1998 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Very Mean Men 2000 (Movie)

Paddy Mulroney (Actor)

Burt Reynolds 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicken Soup For the Soul 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Hard Time 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert (1999) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Premonition 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

America in the Forties 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Hi-Life 1998 (Movie)

Fatty (Actor)

National Memorial Day Concert (1998) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Elmo Saves Christmas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert (1997) 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

National Memorial Day Concert (1996) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

One Fine Day 1996 (Movie)

Lew (Actor)

Spy Hard 1996 (Movie)

The Director (Actor)

The Grass Harp 1996 (Movie)

Reverend Buster (Actor)

The Last Supper 1996 (Movie)

Guest--The Reverend Hutchens (Actor)

The Secret Life of Algernon 1996 (Movie)

Norbie Hess (Actor)

Home for the Holidays 1995 (Movie)

Henry Larson (Actor)

Leslie's Folly 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert (1995) 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Recon 1995 (Movie)

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Texan 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1990 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

I.Q. 1994 (Movie)

Louis Bamberger (Actor)

National Memorial Day Concert 1994 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Roommates 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

Waring Hudsucker (Actor)

Harlan & Merleen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tales From Hollywood 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Music of Chance 1993 (Movie)

Bill Flower (Actor)

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Brenda Starr 1992 (Movie)

Editor Francis I. Livright (Actor)

Jessica Lange: It's Only Make-Believe 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

V.I. Warshawski 1991 (Movie)

Lieutenant Mallory (Actor)

A Conversation With Dinah 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Cat Chaser 1990 (Movie)

Jiggs Scully (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Chief Brandon (Actor)

Dinner at Eight 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

It Nearly Wasn't Christmas 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Prime Target 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Butter Battle Book 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Voice

Etoile 1989 (Movie)

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Project: Alien 1989 (Movie)

Colonel Clancy (Actor)

A Tiger's Tale 1988 (Movie)

Charlie Drumm (Actor)

Case Closed 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Cop 1988 (Movie)

Dutch Peltz (Actor)

Far North 1988 (Movie)

Bertrum (Actor)

I Would Be Called John: Pope John XXIII 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy New Year 1987 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rosary Murders 1987 (Movie)

Father Nabors (Actor)

Solarbabies 1986 (Movie)

The Warden (Actor)

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Tough Guys 1986 (Movie)

Deke Yablonksi (Actor)

Where the River Runs Black 1986 (Movie)

Father O'Reilly (Actor)

Big Trouble 1985 (Movie)

O'Mara (Actor)

Dom DeLuise and Friends, Part 3 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Eye to Eye 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Alone 1985 (Movie)

Louis Thibadeau (Actor)

Stick 1985 (Movie)

Chucky Gorman (Actor)

The Man With One Red Shoe 1985 (Movie)

Ross (Actor)

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Mass Appeal 1984 (Movie)

Monsignor Burke (Actor)

Mr. Roberts 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

P.O.P. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Side By Side 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

To Be or Not to Be 1983 (Movie)

Colonel Erhardt (Actor)

Two of A Kind 1983 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

Deadhead Miles 1982 (Movie)

Red Ball Rider (Actor)

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1982 (Movie)

Governor (Actor)

Tootsie 1982 (Movie)

Les (Actor)

Working 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Casey Stengel 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Sharky's Machine 1981 (Movie)

Frisco (Actor)

True Confessions 1981 (Movie)

Jack Anderson (Actor)

Die Laughing 1980 (Movie)

Arnold (Actor)

The Final Countdown 1980 (Movie)

Senator Samuel Chapman (Actor)

North Dallas Forty 1979 (Movie)

Coach Johnson (Actor)

Starting Over 1979 (Movie)

Michael "Mickey" Potter (Actor)

Studs Lonigan 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

Doc Hopper (Actor)

Tilt 1979 (Movie)

Harold "The Whale" Remmens (Actor)

When a Stranger Calls 1979 (Movie)

John Clifford (Actor)

Special Olympics 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fury 1978 (Movie)

Dr McKeever (Actor)

An Enemy of the People 1977 (Movie)

Peter Stockmann (Actor)

The Greek Tycoon 1977 (Movie)

Michael Russell (Actor)

Harry and Walter Go to New York 1976 (Movie)

Rufus T Crisp (Actor)

The Choirboys 1976 (Movie)

"Spermwhale" Whalen (Actor)

The Cop and the Kid 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Twilight's Last Gleaming 1976 (Movie)

David T Stevens--United States President (Actor)

Dog Day Afternoon 1975 (Movie)

NY Detective Moretti (Actor)

Switch 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Breakheart Pass 1974 (Movie)

Frank O'Brien (Actor)

The Front Page 1974 (Movie)

Murphy (Actor)

The Hindenburg 1974 (Movie)

Captain Pruss (Actor)

Rx For the Defense 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Sisters 1973 (Movie)

Private Investigator (Actor)

The Connection 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sting 1973 (Movie)

Lt. Wm. Snyder (Actor)

Hi, Mom! 1970 (Movie)

Superintendent (Actor)

I Walk the Line 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Pursuit of Happiness 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Harvey Middleman, Fireman 1964 (Movie)

Dooley (Actor)

A Boyfriend for Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

A Chance of Snow (TV Show)

Actor

A Perfect Match (TV Show)

Actor

A Very Married Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Another World (TV Show)

Actor

Attica (TV Show)

Actor

Bleacher Bums (TV Show)

Actor

Captains and the Kings (TV Show)

Actor

Crisis at Central High (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (TV Show)

Actor

Death of a Salesman (TV Show)

Actor

Hostage Hotel (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Santa Claus (TV Show)

Actor

Normandy: The Great Crusade (TV Show)

Narrator

Orleans (TV Show)

Actor

Shelter (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's Desperation (TV Show)

Actor

The American Revolution (TV Show)

Voice

The Book of Joe (Movie)

(Actor)

The Return of Eliot Ness (TV Show)

Actor

The Rivalry (TV Show)

Actor

The Story Lady (TV Show)

Actor

The Stuntman Awards (TV Show)

Actor

The Water Engine (TV Show)

Actor

Unholy Matrimony (TV Show)

Actor

When a Stranger Calls Back (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

The Muppet Movie 1979 (Movie)

("Frogs' Legs So Fine") (Song Performer)

Biography

A veteran character actor who was a widely recognizable face in film and on television for over five decades, Charles Durning earned his place as a dependable presence often playing pugnacious tough guys and authority figures. After working as a nightclub dancer and instructor, the WWII veteran broke into acting in the 1960s on the New York stage, which lead to him being discovered by director George Roy Hill and cast as a corrupt cop who harasses Robert Redford in "The Sting" (1973). Two years later, he earned considerable praise for playing a Brooklyn cop who negotiates with Al Pacino's bank robber in the classic crime thriller "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975). From there, he stole scenes in "North Dallas Forty" (1979) and "The Muppet Movie" (1979), while in the following decade he earned Oscar nominations as Best Supporting Actor for "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982) and "To Be or Not to Be" (1983). After wooing a cross-dressing Dustin Hoffman in the hit comedy "Tootsie" (1982), Durning was a regular on the popular sitcom "Evening Shade" (CBS, 1990-94), while landing notable supporting turns in films like "The Hudsucker Proxy" (1994). Always busy well into his senior years, Durning delivered one quality performance after another and was especially good as Denis Leary's womanizing father on "Rescue Me" (FX, 2004-2011). Though never an above the title name, Durning's durable presence in all genres of television and film made him a one-of-a-kind performer beloved by all.

Relationships

Mary Amelio

Wife
Childhood sweethearts Married 1974 until his death Dec. 24, 2012

Carol Durning

Wife
Had three children together Divorced 1972

Michele Durning Actor

Daughter

James Durning

Father

Louise Durning

Mother

Jeanine Durning

Daughter
Mother, Carol Durning

Douglas Durning

Son
Mother, Carol Durning

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York

Columbia University

New York , New York

Milestones

2008

Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame next to the one of his idols, James Cagney

2006

Co-starred with Burt Reynolds and Robert Loggia in "Forget About It"

2005

Starred in teen comedy "Dirty Deeds" with Lacey Chabert

2004

Played Mike Gavin, the retired firefighter father of Denis Leary's character on FX drama "Rescue Me"; character died on season 4 finale; earned Emmy nomination in 2008 for Guest Actor in a Drama Series

2004

Landed Emmy nominated guest role as a Marine veteran on CBS drama "NCIS"

2002

Co-starred on CBS midseason series "First Monday" as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice

2000

Acted in New Jersey revival of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross"

2000

Returned to Broadway, co-starring in a revival of "The Best Man"

2000

Appeared in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" directed by Joel and Ethan Coen

1999

Provided voice of recurring character Francis Griffin on Fox animated comedy "Family Guy"

1997

Returned to Broadway starring opposite Julie Harris in a revival of "The Gin Game"; later toured with Harris

1995

Cast as Holly Hunter's father in "Home for the Holidays," directed by Jodie Foster

1993

Starred in "Harlan & Merleen," an unsold pilot spun off from "Evening Shade"

1990

Played town doctor Harlan Elldridge on popular CBS ensemble sitcom "Evening Shade"

1990

Received acclaim for his portrayal of Big Daddy in Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

1990

Portrayed John 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald in ABC miniseries "The Kennedys of Massachusetts"

1985

Supported Hoffman in revival of "Death of a Salesman"; recreated role of Charley in CBS television adaptation

1983

Earned second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for the remake of "To Be or Not to Be"

1982

Played a suitor to a cross-dressing Dustin Hoffman in "Tootsie"

1982

Received Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"

1975

First starring TV role, as Officer Frank Murphy on short-lived "The Cop and the Kid" (NBC); series resurfaced as "Diff'rent Strokes" without Durning

1975

Won plaudits for his turn in "Dog Day Afternoon"

1975

Starred opposite Maureen Stapleton in the CBS TV-movie "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom"

1973

Appeared opposite Julie Harris in Broadway production "The Au Pair Man"

1973

Landed breakthrough feature supporting role in Hill's "The Sting" as corrupt policeman Lt. Snyder

1972

Discovered by producer George Roy Hill in New York production of Jason Miller's "That Championship Season"; played Mayor George Sitkowski

1972

Appeared on NBC soap "Another World"

1969

Acted in Brian De Palma's "Hi, Mom!" (credited as Charles Durnham)

1965

Made screen acting debut in "Harvey Middleman, Fireman"

1962

Appeared in 35 plays as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival

1943

Served as Ranger in U.S. Army during WWII; landed in Normandy on D-Day

Was working as an usher in a Buffalo, NY burlesque house when hired to replace a drunken "second banana" on stage

Reportedly worked with Alvin Ailey Dance Company for three years

Worked as half of a ballroom dancing act for 11 years

Appeared somewhere between 40-50 plays in Brooklyn stock companies; also acted off-Broadway

Bonus Trivia

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Durning was awarded three Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, and a Silver Star for valor in WWII after being wounded in action three times.

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He was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1999.

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