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Renowned character actor Charles Durning dies (KSAT)

You may not know his name, but anyone who watches movies and television knows
the squat, tough-faced character actor Charles Durning, who died on Christmas
Eve, according to his family.

The 89-year-old decorated World War II veteran had an award-winning career
that spanned 20th Century entertainment, from the burlesque stage and theater
to television and film, playing roles as diverse as society itself.

Durning was the gruff father smitten by Dustin Hoffman's female impersonation
of "Tootsie," the Southern politician dancing on stage with George Clooney's
Soggy Bottom Boys in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and the corrupt cop caught
up in the "big con" by Paul Newman and Robert Redford in "The Sting."

He won Tony and Golden Globe awards and was nominated for Academy Awards two
times as a supporting actor. He also received nine Emmy nominations and was
honored in 2007 with a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors

Born in Highland Falls, N.Y., on Feb. 28, 1923, Durning became an actor
relatively late.

According to his TV Guide biography, Durning left home at age 16 and later
enlisted in the Army. Durning landed on Normandy beach on D-Day and fought in
the Battle ...


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