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Charles Durning

( b. Feb 28, 1923 Highland Falls, New York, USA - d. Dec 24, 2012 New York, New York, USA ) Male

Biography: Charles Edward Durning was born on February 28, 1923 in Highland Falls, New York to Louise and James E. Durning. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was awarded a Silver Star for valor and three Purple Hearts. Durning taught at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in New York City while pursuing his acting career. He married Carole Doughty in 1959 and separated from his second wife, Mary Ann Amelio Durning in 2010. He is survived by his three children.

Film/TV Credits: Film credits include: "The Sting," "North Dallas Forty," "True Confessions," "Tootsie," "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "Dick Tracy," "Home for the Holidays," "Twilight"s Last Gleaming," and "To Be or Not to Be." Television credits include: "Evening Shade," "First Monday," "The Hudsucker Proxy," "O Brother, Where Art Thou"," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Rescue Me," "Captains and the Kings," "Attica," "Death of a Salesman," and "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom."

Other Awards: Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame on Broadway in 1999. Received the Life Achievement Award at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award Ceremony in 2008. He was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008.

He appeared in 35 New York Shakespeare Festival productions.
The Academy Film Archive is home to the Charles Durning Collection.
The marquees of Broadway theatres were dimmed in his honor on December 27, 2012.

ProductionsDate of Productions
Gore Vidal's The Best Man
[Play, Revival]
  • Starring: Charles Durning [Ex-President Arthur Hockstader]
Sep 17, 2000 - Dec 31, 2000
The Gin Game
[Play, Revival]
  • Starring: Charles Durning [Weller Martin]
Apr 20, 1997 - Aug 31, 1997
Inherit the Wind
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Starring: Charles Durning [Matthew Harrison Brady]
Apr 04, 1996 - May 12, 1996
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
[Play, Drama, Revival]
  • Also Starring: Charles Durning [Big Daddy]
Mar 21, 1990 - Aug 01, 1990
Knock Knock
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Charles Durning
        Cohn - Replacement (May 26, 1976 - ?)
Feb 24, 1976 - Jul 03, 1976
The au Pair Man
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Charles Durning [Eugene Hartigan]
Dec 27, 1973 - Jan 27, 1974
Boom Boom Room
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Performer: Charles Durning [Harold]
Nov 08, 1973 - Dec 09, 1973
That Championship Season
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Charles Durning [George Sikowski]
Sep 14, 1972 - Apr 21, 1974
[Play, Original]
  • Performer: Charles Durning [Ned Buntline]
Oct 13, 1969 - Jan 03, 1970
The Happy Time
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Also Starring: Charles Durning [Louis Bonnard]
Jan 18, 1968 - Sep 28, 1968
[Musical, Original]
  • Performer: Charles Durning [Maurice, Dean Stewart]
  • Understudy: Charles Durning [Artie]
Mar 18, 1966 - Mar 19, 1966
Drat! The Cat!
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Performer: Charles Durning [Pincer]
Oct 10, 1965 - Oct 16, 1965
Poor Bitos
[Play, Original]
  • Understudy: Charles Durning [Phillippe (Jesuit Father), Charles, Julien (Danton), Vulturne (Mirabeau), Brassac (Tallien)]
Nov 14, 1964 - Nov 28, 1964
Touring ProductionsDates of Touring Productions
The Gin Game
[Play, Revival]
  • Starring: Charles Durning [Weller Martin]
Oct 27, 1998 - May 16, 1999
1990 Tony Award® Best Featured Actor in a Play
winner Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [winner]
Also Starring: Charles Durning
1990 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
winner Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [winner]
Also Starring: Charles Durning
1972 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Performance
winner That Championship Season [winner]
Performer: Charles Durning
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