Charles Durning

BirthDay:

28 Feb 1923

BirthPlace:

Highland Falls, New York, USA

BirthName:

Charles Edward Durning

Bio:

WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were 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 was one of Hollywood's most dependable and sought after supporting actors.

Durning was born in Highland Falls, New York, to Louise Marie (Leonard), a laundress, and James Gerald Durning. His father was an Irish immigrant and his mother was of Irish descent. Durning 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.
Filmography

Actor ( 177 credits )

Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age (2017) Himself
Bleeding Hearts (2015) Santa Claus
Scavenger Killers (2014) Dylan Frier
Top Priority: The Terror Within (2012) Himself - Academy Award Nominated Actor (archive footage)
Rogue Assassin (2012) Frank Maro
The Life Zone (2011) James Wise
The Great Fight (2011) Judge Frier
Naked Run (2011) Congressman Davenport
Whistleblowers: The Untold Stories (2011)  Himself - Award winning actor / ... (archive footage)
An Affirmative Act (2010) Man in the White Suit
The Waiter (2010) Frank 'The Handler' Maro
Three Chris's (2010) Kris Kringle
No Clean Break (2010)  The Wise Man (unknown episodes)
Char·ac·ter: The Interviews (2010) Himself
Shannon's Rainbow (2009) Floyd
Hollywood Moments (2009) Himself
According to Dom (2009) Himself
The Golden Boys (2008) John Bartlett
iMurders (2008) Dr. Seamus St. Martin
Deal (2008) Charlie Adler
The Drum Beats Twice (2008) Satan
A Bunch of Amateurs (2008) Charlie Rosenberg
Good Dick (2008) Charlie
Break (2008) The Wise Man
Polycarp (2007) Alexander Hathaway
Forget About It (2006) Eddie O'Brien
Local Color (2006) Yammi
Descansos (2006) Inkeeper #2
Unbeatable Harold (2006) Harold's Father
Jesus, Mary and Joey (2005) Teddy the Bartender
Dirty Deeds (2005) Victor Rasdale
The L.A. Riot Spectacular (2005) The Lawyer
River's End (2005) Murray Blythe
Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story (2005) Frank McNally
One Last Ride (2004) Mr. Orlick
Death and Texas (2004) Marshall Ledger
Rescue Me (2004)  Michael Gavin / ... (27 episodes, 2004-2011)
Dead Canaries (2003) Jimmy Kerrigan
NCIS (2003)  Ernie Yost (1 episode, 2004)
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003) Himself
Pride & Loyalty (2002) Dylan Frier
Mother Ghost (2002) George
Turn of Faith (2002) Philly Russo
Monk (2002)  Hank Johansen (1 episode, 2007)
Everwood (2002)  Eugene Brown (2 episodes, 2006)
First Monday (2002)  Justice Henry Hoskins (13 episodes, 2002)
The Naked Run (2002) Congressman Davenport
The Last Man Club (2002) John 'Eagle Eye' Pennell
L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve (2001) Stuart Steele
Dinner for Five (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
A Constant Forge (2000)
The Last Producer (2000) Syd Wolf
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) Pappy O'Daniel
State and Main (2000) Mayor George Bailey
Very Mean Men (2000) Paddy Mulroney
Lakeboat (2000) Skippy
Never Look Back (2000)
Citizen Baines (2000)  Clifford Connelly (1 episode, 2001)
Family Guy (1999)  Francis Griffin (5 episodes, 1999-2009)
Now and Again (1999)  Narrator (20 episodes, 1999-2000)
Chicken Soup for the Soul (1999) (unknown episodes)
The Directors (1999)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
The Hoop Life (1999)  Wes Connelly (1 episode, 2000)
Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (1999) (voice)
Jerry and Tom (1998) Vic
Shelter (1998) Capt. Robert Landis
Hi-Life (1998) Fatty
The Secret Life of Algernon (1997) Norbie Hess
The Practice (1997)  Stephen Donnell (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
Orleans (1997)  Frank Vitelli (3 episodes, 1997)
One Fine Day (1996) Lew
Recon (1996)
Spy Hard (1996) The Director
Everybody Loves Raymond (1996)  Father Hubley (6 episodes, 1998-2002)
Early Edition (1996)  Judge Steven Romick / ... (2 episodes, 1997-2000)
Arli$$ (1996) (1 episode, 2001)
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen (1996)  Quote Reader (2 episodes, 1996)
The Grass Harp (1995) Rev. Buster
The Last Supper (1995) Reverend Gerald Hutchens
Home for the Holidays (1995) Henry Larson
Cybill (1995)  A.J. Sheridan (2 episodes, 1998)
I.Q. (1994) Louis Bamberger
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) Waring Hudsucker
Touched by an Angel (1994)  Father Madden (1 episode, 2003)
The Music of Chance (1993) Bill Flower
Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)  Thomas Finnegan (1 episode, 1998)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Performance (1992)  Charles F. Money (1 episode, 1992)
V.I. Warshawski (1991) Lt. Mallory
Fatal Sky (1990) Colonel Clancy
Dick Tracy (1990) Chief Brandon
Evening Shade (1990)  Dr. Harlan Elldridge (98 episodes, 1990-1994)
Brenda Starr (1989) Editor Francis I. Livright
Cat Chaser (1989) Jiggs Scully
Étoile (1989) Zio Joshua
A Conversation with Dinah (1989)  Himself (1990) (unknown episodes)
Far North (1988) Bertrum
Cop (1988) Dutch Peltz
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
A Tiger's Tale (1987) Charlie Drumm
Hadley's Rebellion (1987) Sam Crawford
The Rosary Murders (1987) Father Ted Nabors
Happy New Year (1987) Charlie
Biography (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 2001)
Dolly (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 1988)
Solarbabies (1986) The Warden
Meatballs III: Summer Job (1986) Pete, Heaven Doorman (uncredited)
Tough Guys (1986) Deke Yablonski
Where the River Runs Black (1986) Father O'Reilly
Big Trouble (1986) O'Mara
The Man with One Red Shoe (1985) Ross
Stick (1985) Chucky
Stand Alone (1985) Louis Thibadeau
Amazing Stories (1985)  Assistant to the Boss / ... (2 episodes, 1985-1986)
Comedy Factory (1985)  Harry Deegan (1 episode, 1985)
Eye to Eye (1985)  Oscar (1 episode, 1985)
Tall Tales & Legends (1985)  Uncle Doffue (1 episode, 1985)
Mass Appeal (1984) Monsignor Thomas Burke
Two of a Kind (1983) Charlie
To Be or Not to Be (1983) Col. Erhardt
Scarface (1983) Immigration Officer (voice) (uncredited)
Dom DeLuise and Friends (1983)  Himself
Tootsie (1982) Les
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982) Governor
Sharky's Machine (1981) Lt. Friscoe
True Confessions (1981) Jack Amsterdam
American Playhouse (1981)  Retired Man (1 episode, 1982)
The Final Countdown (1980) Senator Samuel Chapman
Die Laughing (1980) Arnold
When a Stranger Calls (1979) John Clifford
Starting Over (1979) Michael (Mickey) Potter
North Dallas Forty (1979) Coach Johnson
The Muppet Movie (1979) Doc Hopper
Tilt (1979) Harold 'The Whale' Remmens
The Greek Tycoon (1978) Michael Russell
An Enemy of the People (1978) Peter Stockmann
The Fury (1978) Dr. Jim McKeever
The Choirboys (1977) Spermwhale Whalen
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977) President David T. Stevens
Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976) Rufus T. Crisp
Visions (1976)  Cubby Doucette (1 episode, 1977)
Breakheart Pass (1975) O'Brien
The Hindenburg (1975) Captain Pruss
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Moretti
Baretta (1975)  Jake Hatch (1 episode, 1975)
Switch (1975)  Phil Beckman (1 episode, 1975)
The Cop and the Kid (1975)  Officer Frank Murphy (13 episodes, 1975-1976)
Lumet: Film Maker (1975) Himself
The Front Page (1974) Murphy
Dinah! (1974)  Himself (1 episode, 1976)
The Sting (1973) Lt. Wm. Snyder
Deadhead Miles (1973) Truck Driver in Cafe
Barnaby Jones (1973)  Don Corcoran (1 episode, 1975)
Sisters (1972) Joseph Larch
Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1972) Murphy
Doomsday Voyage (1972) Jason's First Mate
Madigan (1972)  Sid Balinger (1 episode, 1972)
The Pursuit of Happiness (1971) 2nd Guard
All in the Family (1971)  Detective (1 episode, 1973)
Cannon (1971)  Don Corcoran (1 episode, 1975)
Great Performances (1971)  Doc Hopper / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1994)
Sticky My Fingers... Fleet My Feet (1970) Football player
I Walk the Line (1970) Hunnicutt
Hi, Mom! (1970) Superintendent (as Charles Durnham)
Stiletto (1969) Bit Part (uncredited)
Hawaii Five-O (1968)  Havens (1 episode, 1975)
The High Chaparral (1967)  Hewitt (1 episode, 1970)
N.Y.P.D. (1967)  Lawrence (2 episodes, 1967-1968)
Harvey Middleman, Fireman (1965) Dooley
Another World (1964)  Police Chief Gil McGowan #1 (1972) (unknown episodes)
East Side/West Side (1963)  Bureaucrat (1 episode, 1963)
The Password Is Courage (1962) American Soldier (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)  Himself (2 episodes, 1973-1975)
The Doctors and the Nurses (1962) (1 episode, 1965)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961)  Himself - Actor (1 episode, 1976)
The Defenders (1961)  Juror #11 (1 episode, 1963)
You Are There (1953)  Col. John Jameson (1 episode, 1953)