Charles Durning

Biography

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 television movies.

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 television movies.

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Personal Info

Gender -

Known Credits 138

Birthday 1923-02-28

Day of Death 2012-12-24

Place of Birth Highland Falls, New York, USA

Adult Actor False

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Charles Edward Durning

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2013 Scavenger Killers as Dylan Frier
2011 The Life Zone as James Wise
2011 The Great Fight as Judge Frier
2008 The Golden Boys as John Bartlett
2008 Good Dick as Charlie
2008 Deal as Charlie Adler
2007 Polycarp as Alexander Hathaway
2006 Forget About It as Eddie O'Brien
2006 Local Color as Yammi
2006 Desperation as Tom Billingsley
2006 Miracle Dogs Too as Captain Pete Weaver
2006 Jesus, Mary and Joey as Teddy
2006 Unbeatable Harold as Harold's Father
2005 Dirty Deeds as Victor Rasdale
2005 The L.A. Riot Spectacular as The Lawyer
2004 A Boyfriend for Christmas as Santa Claus
2004 Rescue Me(24 episodes)
2003 NCIS(1 episode)
2002 Mr. St. Nick as Nicholas XX
2002 Everwood(2 episodes)
2002 Mother Ghost as George
2002 Monk(1 episode)
2002 First Monday(13 episodes) as Justice Henry Hoskins
2001 Citizen Baines(1 episode)
2001 Dinner for Five(1 episode)
2001 The Judge
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou? as Menelaus "Pappy" O'Daniel
2000 State and Main as Mayor George Bailey
2000 The Last Producer as Syd Wolf
2000 Lakeboat as Skippy
2000 Never Look Back
1999 Hard Time: Hostage Hotel as Det. Charlie Duffy
1999 Hard Time: The Premonition as Det. Charlie Duffy
1999 Family Guy(6 episodes)
1999 Justice as Moe Ryan
1998 Hard Time as Det. Charlie Duffy
1998 Jerry and Tom as Vic
1998 Hi-Life as Fatty
1998 Shelter as Capt. Robert Landis
1997 The Practice(2 episodes)
1997 Orleans(8 episodes) as Frank Vitelli
1996 One Fine Day as Lew
1996 Early Edition(2 episodes)
1996 Everybody Loves Raymond(7 episodes)
1996 Spy Hard as The Director
1995 Home for the Holidays as Henry Larson
1995 The Grass Harp as Reverend Buster
1995 The Last Supper as Reverend Gerald Hutchens
1995 A Woman of Independent Means as Andrew Alcott
1995 Cybill(1 episode)
1994 Touched by an Angel(1 episode)
1994 Roomates as Barney
1994 The Hudsucker Proxy as Waring Hudsucker
1993 The Music of Chance as Bill Flower
1993 When A Stranger Calls Back as John Clifford
1993 Homicide: Life on the Street(1 episode)
1992 The Water Engine as Tour Guide
1991 V.I. Warshawski as Det. Lt. Bobby Mallory
1990 Evening Shade(98 episodes) as Harlan Elldridge
1990 Dick Tracy as Chief Brandon
1990 The Kennedys of Massachusetts(3 episodes) as John F. Fitzgerald
1989 It Nearly Wasn't Christmas as Santa
1989 The Butter Battle Book as Grandfather (voice)
1989 Prime Target as Earl Mulcahaney
1989 Brenda Starr as Editor Francis I. Livright
1989 √Čtoile as Uncle Joshua
1989 Cat Chaser as Jiggs Scully
1988 Far North as Bertrum
1988 A Tiger's Tale as Charlie Drumm
1988 Cop as Dutch Peltz
1987 Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues as Senator Henry Colton
1987 Hadley's Rebellion as Sam Crawford
1987 The Rosary Murders as Father Ted Nabors
1987 Happy New Year as Charlie
1986 Solarbabies as The Warden
1986 Tough Guys as Deke Yablonski
1986 Where the River Runs Black as Father O'Reilly
1986 Big Trouble as O'Mara
1985 Amazing Stories(1 episode)
1985 Stand Alone
1985 Death of a Salesman as Charley
1985 The Man with One Red Shoe as Ross
1985 Stick as Chucky
1985 Eye to Eye(6 episodes)
1984 Mass Appeal as Monsignor Thomas Burke
1984 Mister Roberts as The Captain
1983 To Be or Not to Be as Col. Erhardt
1983 Scarface as Immigration Officer (voice) (uncredited)
1983 Two of a Kind as Charlie
1982 Tootsie as Les Nichols
1982 The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas as Governor
1981 Sharky's Machine as Lt. Friscoe
1981 Dark Night of the Scarecrow as Otis P. Hazelrigg
1981 True Confessions as Jack Amsterdam
1981 The Best Little Girl in the World as Frank Powell
1981 Crisis at Central High as Jess Matthews
1980 Die Laughing
1980 Attica as Commisioner Russel Oswald
1980 The Final Countdown as Senator Samuel Chapman
1979 When a Stranger Calls as John Clifford
1979 Starting Over as Mickey
1979 North Dallas Forty as Coach Johnson
1979 The Muppet Movie as Doc Hopper
1979 Tilt as Harold 'The Whale' Remmens
1979 Studs Lonigan as Paddy Lonigan
1979 Studs Lonigan(3 episodes) as Paddy Lonigan
1978 An Enemy of the People as Peter Stockmann
1978 The Fury as Dr. Jim McKeever
1977 The Choirboys as Spermwhale Whalen
1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming as President David T. Stevens
1976 Captains and the Kings(8 episodes)
1976 Harry and Walter Go To New York as Rufus T. Crisp
1975 Breakheart Pass as O'Brien
1975 The Hindenburg as Captain Pruss
1975 The Cop and the Kid(13 episodes)
1975 Dog Day Afternoon as Det. Sgt. Eugene Moretti
1975 Queen of the Stardust Ballroom as Al Green
1975 The Trial of Chaplain Jensen as Budd Rogers
1975 Baretta(1 episode)
1974 The Front Page as Murphy
1973 The Sting as Lt. Wm. Snyder
1973 Sisters as Joseph Larch
1973 The Connection
1972 Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues as Murphy
1971 Cannon(1 episode)
1971 The Pursuit Of Happiness as 2nd Guard
1971 All in the Family(1 episode)
1970 I Walk the Line as Hunnicutt
1970 Hi, Mom! as Superintendent
1968 Hawaii Five-O(1 episode)
1967 The High Chaparral(1 episode)
1964 Another World(1,668 episodes)
1962 The Password Is Courage
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(2 episodes)
1900 Normandy: The Great Crusade(0 episodes)
1900 Death of a Salesman(0 episodes)
1900 Attica(0 episodes)
1900 Queen of the Stardust Ballroom(0 episodes)

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