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.  

Broadway Production Credits

Gore Vidal's The Best Man
Play, Revival
Sep 17, 2000 - Dec 31, 2000
Starring: Charles Durning [Ex-President Arthur Hockstader]

The Gin Game
Play, Revival
Apr 20, 1997 - Aug 31, 1997
Starring: Charles Durning [Weller Martin]

Inherit the Wind
Play, Drama, Revival
Apr 04, 1996 - May 12, 1996
Starring: Charles Durning [Matthew Harrison Brady]

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Play, Drama, Revival
Mar 21, 1990 - Aug 01, 1990
Also Starring: Charles Durning [Big Daddy]

Knock Knock
Play, Comedy, Original
Feb 24, 1976 - Jul 03, 1976
Performer: Charles Durning
Cohn - Replacement (May 26, 1976 - ?)

The au Pair Man
Play, Original
Dec 27, 1973 - Jan 27, 1974
Performer: Charles Durning [Eugene Hartigan]

Boom Boom Room
Play, Drama, Original
Nov 08, 1973 - Dec 09, 1973
Performer: Charles Durning [Harold]

That Championship Season
Play, Original
Sep 14, 1972 - Apr 21, 1974
Performer: Charles Durning [George Sikowski]

Play, Original
Oct 13, 1969 - Jan 03, 1970
Performer: Charles Durning [Ned Buntline]

The Happy Time
Musical, Comedy, Original
Jan 18, 1968 - Sep 28, 1968
Also Starring: Charles Durning [Louis Bonnard]

Musical, Original
Mar 18, 1966 - Mar 19, 1966
Performer: Charles Durning [Maurice, Dean Stewart]
Understudy: Charles Durning [Artie]

Drat! The Cat!
Musical, Comedy, Original
Oct 10, 1965 - Oct 16, 1965
Performer: Charles Durning [Pincer]

Poor Bitos
Play, Original
Nov 14, 1964 - Nov 28, 1964
Understudy: Charles Durning [Phillippe (Jesuit Father), Charles, Julien (Danton), Vulturne (Mirabeau), Brassac (Tallien)]

Awards and Nominations

1990 Tony Award® Best Featured Actor in a Play

nomineeCat on a Hot Tin Roof [winner]
Also Starring: Charles Durning

1990 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

nomineeCat on a Hot Tin Roof [winner]
Also Starring: Charles Durning

1972 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Performance

nomineeThat Championship Season [winner]
Performer: Charles Durning

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