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December 25, 2012 |
Charles Durning, a Tony Award-winning actor whose prolific work in films and television included supporting roles in the classic comedy "Tootsie" and the TV sitcom "Evening Shade," died Monday. He was 89. Durning, a decorated veteran of World War II, died of natural causes at his home in Manhattan, according to his longtime agent Judith Moss. A seasoned former member of Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival whom Papp once described as a "stocky, tough Irishman," Durning had a breakthrough role in the hit Papp-produced 1972 Broadway play "That Championship Season" when he was 49. PHOTOS: 2012 notable deaths Durning's Drama Desk Award-winning performance as one of four former high school basketball players who reunite with their old coach led to his being cast as the corrupt police lieutenant in "The Sting," the Oscar-winning 1973 movie starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
September 25, 2007 |
Character actor and war hero Charles Durning will be honored for lifetime achievement during January's Screen Actors Guild Awards, the guild announced Monday. Durning, 84, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for fostering the "finest ideals of the acting profession" during the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show on Jan. 27, the guild said.
September 14, 2007
More arts and entertainment coverage on the Web TELEVISION No rescue for poor old Dad Did Tommy's dad (Charles Durning) die of boredom during the "Rescue Me" season finale? Our critic weighs in on the Show Tracker blog at latimes.com/entertainment. There's also a new post on "The Real World." MOVIES The latest from up north As the Toronto Film Festival continues, check out reaction to screenings at TheEnvelope.com.
July 13, 2003 |
"Harvey" is the story of Elwood P. Dowd, a sweet-natured innocent who lives to spread conviviality and a kind-hearted philosophy -- and of Harvey, the invisible, 6-foot-plus white rabbit who is Dowd's constant companion and guide. The comedy ran seven years on Broadway, starting in 1944, and won the Pulitzer Prize for author Mary Coyle Chase.
May 10, 2003 |
Charles Durning will play the lead role in "Harvey" at the Laguna Playhouse in July. In mid-April, Durning had been announced as playing another role. Co-producer Don Gregory said he and director Charles Nelson Reilly tried to cast John Larroquette in the lead, a role associated with James Stewart in the movie version, but couldn't wait to learn if a Larroquette TV pilot might be picked up.
November 29, 1998 |
Charles Durning is the kind of guy you call up in Cleveland in the middle of November and he'll tell you how nice it is there this time of year. "It's very cold, but there is no storm," he said, with emphasis on the good-news half of that observation. Durning is speaking by phone from that much-maligned Midwestern city, his latest stop on a 15-city national tour of "The Gin Game," a National Actors Theatre revival of D.L. Coburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play in which he stars with Julie Harris.