Durning, king of character actors, dies in NYC

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  1. Reader

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Durning grew up in poverty, lost five of his nine siblings to disease, barely lived through D-Day and was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge.

    His hard life and wartime trauma provided the basis for a prolific 50-year career as a consummate Oscar-nominated character actor, playing everyone from a Nazi colonel to the pope to Dustin Hoffman's would-be suitor in "Tootsie."

    Durning, who died Monday at age 89 in New York, got his start as an usher at a burlesque theater in Buffalo, N.Y. When one of the comedians showed up too drunk to go on, Durning took his place. He would recall years later that he was hooked as soon as heard the audience laughing................

    "I never turned down anything and never argued with any producer or director," Durning told The Associated Press in 2008, when he was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    Other films included "The Front Page," "The Hindenburg," "Breakheart Pass," "North Dallas Forty," "Starting Over," "Tough Guys," "Home for the Holidays," "Spy Hard" and `O Brother Where Art Thou?"..............

    He was among the first wave of U.S. soldiers to land at Normandy during the D-Day invasion and the only member of his Army unit to survive. He killed several Germans and was wounded in the leg. Later he was bayoneted by a young German soldier whom he killed with a rock. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and survived a massacre of prisoners.

    In later years, he refused to discuss the military service for which he was awarded the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts.

    "Too many bad memories," he told an interviewer in 1997. "I don't want you to see me crying."

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  3. STANDREID

    STANDREID A slacker when slacker wasn't cool

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    Sorry to here this. In true-crime, I best remember him from his fine work in True Confessions which, in my estimation, is still the best movie based on the Black Dahlia Case. RIP Charles.
     
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    Pacino is great here, of course - it's the scene that's emblematic of a stellar career - but it's a two-man scene, and Charles Durning is magnificent in tandem as Detective Sgt. Eugene Moretti, the hostage negotiator in effect dancing the dance with Pacino's Sonny:
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    Three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star - another of the Greatest Generation passes to his reward.
     
  6. BetteDavisEyes

    BetteDavisEyes "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy

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    I remember Charles Durning best from The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Tootsie. RIP. :rose:
     
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