Award-winning character actor Charles Durning, who has appeared opposite Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, George Clooney and many others, died Christmas Eve at age 89.
Durning, whose career included burlesque and vaudeville as well as movies and television. played a Southern politician in “O, Brother, Where Art Thou?” and the corrupt cop in “The Sting.” He played the governor in “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “Big Daddy” in “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof.”
According to CNN Entertainment, as a character actor, Charles Durning won Golden Globe and Tony awards, was nominated for Emmy and Academy Awards, and won a Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He was definitely one of those actors whose face everyone would recognize, but they might not know his name.
At a time when every actor seems only to want to be a star, or at least a “celebrity,” it is sad to lose another actor from a time when many only cared about acting for the love of the job and the ability to help bring to life a good story, even if the paparazzi didn’t chase him and fans did not stalk him.
CNN quotes his family as saying, “Charlie loved Christmas and if he could have chosen a time to pass, he would have chosen this day.”
Durning was 89 years old.
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