Charles Grodin

Actor, Playwright, Director
As one of Hollywood's true jack-of-all-trades, actor Charles Grodin amassed a rsum that boasted acting, screenwriting, producing, directing, and television hosting credits over the course of his decades-long career ... Read more »
Born: 04/21/1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

While We're Young 2015 (Movie)

Leslie (Actor)

The Humbling 2014 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

The Ex 2007 (Movie)

Bob Kowalski (Actor)

60 Minutes II 1998 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Cause Celeb 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Charles Grodin 1994 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

Lassie Unleashed: 280 Dog Years in TV 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Talk Back America III 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Clifford 1994 (Movie)

Martin Daniels (Actor)

It Runs in the Family 1994 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

Beethoven's 2nd 1993 (Movie)

George Newton (Actor)

Dave 1993 (Movie)

Murray Blum (Actor)

Donahue: The 25th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Heart and Souls 1993 (Movie)

Harrison Winslow (Actor)

So I Married An Axe Murderer 1993 (Movie)

Commandeered Car Driver (Actor)

Beethoven 1992 (Movie)

George Newton (Actor)

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

Actor

Taking Care of Business 1990 (Movie)

Spencer (Actor)

The Muppets at Walt Disney World 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

What's Up, Dr. Ruth? 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight Run 1988 (Movie)

Jonathan Mardukas (Actor)

The Couch Trip 1988 (Movie)

George Maitlin (Actor)

You Can't Hurry Love 1988 (Movie)

Mr Glerman (Actor)

Charley's Aunt 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Fresno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Ishtar 1987 (Movie)

Jim Harrison (Actor)

King Kong: The Living Legend 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Grown Ups 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Last Resort 1986 (Movie)

George Lollar (Actor)

Movers & Shakers 1985 (Movie)

Herb Derman (Actor)

The Lonely Guy 1984 (Movie)

Warren Evans (Actor)

The Woman in Red 1984 (Movie)

Buddy (Actor)

Love, Sex... And Marriage 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

Nicky Holiday (Actor)

The Incredible Shrinking Woman 1981 (Movie)

Vance Kramer (Actor)

It's My Turn 1980 (Movie)

Homer (Actor)

Seems Like Old Times 1980 (Movie)

Ira Parks (Actor)

Real Life 1979 (Movie)

Warren Yeager (Actor)

Heaven Can Wait 1978 (Movie)

Tony Abbott (Actor)

Sunburn 1978 (Movie)

Jake Dekker (Actor)

The Paul Simon Special 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Thieves 1977 (Movie)

Martin Cramer (Actor)

King Kong 1976 (Movie)

Fred Wilson (Actor)

11 Harrowhouse 1974 (Movie)

Chesser (Actor)

The Heartbreak Kid 1972 (Movie)

Lenny (Actor)

Catch-22 1970 (Movie)

Aardvark (Actor)

Sex and the College Girl 1970 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Rosemary's Baby 1968 (Movie)

Dr Hill (Actor)

The Young Marrieds 1964 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Me and You (TV Show)

Actor

Madoff (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (2)

Movers & Shakers 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

11 Harrowhouse 1974 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))
Director (1)

Paradise 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (1)

Movers & Shakers 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

As one of Hollywood's true jack-of-all-trades, actor Charles Grodin amassed a résumé that boasted acting, screenwriting, producing, directing, and television hosting credits over the course of his decades-long career. After beginning his career on Broadway opposite Anthony Quinn, Grodin quickly segued into movies, landing memorable supporting roles in "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) and "Catch-22" (1970) before landing his breakout leading role in "The Heartbreak Kid" (1972). His career gradually slowed down throughout the remainder of the decade, though he had villainous supporting parts in "King Kong" (1976) and "Heaven Can Wait" (1978). By the time the 1980s rolled around, Grodin had grown comfortable as a supporting player with roles in hit comedies like "Seems Like Old Times" (1980), "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981) and "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" (1981). But he had his greatest success and most memorable performance as a timorous embezzler in the action comedy "Midnight Run" (1988) opposite Robert De Niro. After scoring another surprise hit with the family friendly "Beethoven" (1992), Grodin shifted gears to become the host of his own provocative, and sometimes controversial news hour, "The Charles Grodin Show" (CNBC, 1995-98), while also delivering political commentary for "60 Minutes II" (CBS, 1999-2005). Mixing both biting wit and comforting wisdom, Grodin's everyman persona earned him the reputation as being one of the country's most respected and trusted public figures.

Relationships

Elissa Grodin

Wife
second wife

Theodore Grodin

Father
sold wholesale supplies to clearners, tailors and dressmakers died c. 1953

Julia Grodin

Wife
divorced died of brain cancer

Lena Grodin

Mother
assisted in husband's store died March 1996

Marion Grodin

Daughter
mother, Julia Grodin produced father's CNBC talk show

Nicky Grodin

Son
born c. 1988 mother Elissa Grodin

Jack Grodin

Brother
six years older

Charles Grodin

Grandfather
rolled cigars at home

EDUCATION

Pittsburgh Playhouse

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania

studied drama with Uta Hagen, Lee Strasberg and Mira Rostova

University of Miami

Miami , Florida

Milestones

2007

Returned to acting in the Zach Braff comedy "The Ex"

2004

Cast in the play "The Right Kind of People," at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco; play is based on Grodin's experience sitting on the board of the New York co-op he lived in from 1986 to 1992

2004

Wrote "The Right Kind of People," an off-Broadway play about Co-op boards in certain buildings in Manhattan

2000

Joined CBS' "60 Minutes II" as a commentator

1998

Moved to MSNBC as host of weekend talk show; show cancelled in November 1999

1995

Hosted own talk show on CNBC cable network titled, "The Charles Grodin Show"

1993

Reprised his role in the sequel, "Beethoven's 2nd"

1992

Played the nervous family man in the kids' comedy "Beethoven"

1990

Wrote and starred in off-Broadway comedy, "Price of Fame"

1988

Played a bounty hunter opposite Robert De Niro in the well-reviewed comedy, "Midnight Run"

1985

Debut as screenwriter and co-producer of film, "Movers and Shakers"

1983

Directed Marlo Thomas TV special "Love, Sex and Marriage"

1980

Played Goldie Hawn's husband in roles included Neil Simon's "Seems Like Old Times"

1977

Co-writer of "The Paul Simon Special"

1977

Produced and directed off-Broadway production, "Unexpected Guests"

1975

Starred on Broadway in "Same Time, Next Year"

1974

Produced first Broadway play, "Thieves" (also director)

1974

Adapted "11 Harrowhouse" to film (also starred)

1968

Film debut, "Rosemary's Baby"

1968

Directed play, "Lovers and Other Strangers" on Broadway

1966

Co-wrote (lyrics and libretto) and directed first off-Broadway play, "Hooray! It's a Glorious Day...and All That"

1965

Began working as assistant to director Gene Saks in New York

1964

Feature acting debut in "Sex and the College Girl" (shot in Puerto Rico in 1964 as "The Fun Lovers"; released in Chicago in 1970 as "Sex and the College Girl")

1962

First acting role was in the Broadway production of "Tchin-Tchin"

Bonus Trivia

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Received the Actors' Fund Award of Merit (1975)

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