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Charles Durning, Prolific Character Actor, Dies at 89
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Posted on 12/25/2012 7:46:53 AM PST by Perdogg

Charles Durning, who overcame poverty, battlefield trauma and nagging self-doubt to become an acclaimed character actor, whether on stage as Big Daddy in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” or in film as the lonely widower smitten with a cross-dressing Dustin Hoffman in “Tootsie,” died Monday in New York. He was 89. He died of natural causes, The Associated Press reported, citing Judith Moss, his agent and friend

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To: Perdogg

That’s two!


21 posted on 12/25/2012 8:57:57 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer. FREEDOM OR FREE STUFF- YOU GET ONE CHOICE, CHOOSE WISELY)
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To: Southern Partisan

22 posted on 12/25/2012 8:59:30 AM PST by Last of the Mohicans
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To: Last of the Mohicans

I was trying to place the face for a minute, then I remembered him in “O Brother, Where Art Thou”:

“We’re not here to make a record, ya dumb cracker!”

He was great in that. He was good as that senator in “The Final Countdown” too.


23 posted on 12/25/2012 9:02:16 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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To: ransacked

He did a one man show on PBS years ago called “Casey Stengel”. It was absolutely marvelous. A great talent who will be missed.


24 posted on 12/25/2012 9:17:43 AM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred.)
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To: Perdogg
Charles Durning, who overcame poverty, battlefield trauma ...
A true American hero.
Compare him - and so many other actors of his generation who served in WWII - to today's Hollywood girly-men.
Godspeed Mr. Durning, you made America and the world a better place.
25 posted on 12/25/2012 9:42:35 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: military cop

I read where he was involved in the D Day invasion and participated in that climb up the cliff to get at the German guns.


26 posted on 12/25/2012 9:45:21 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Perdogg

He was great as the slimy politician in “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas”, too. RIP.


27 posted on 12/25/2012 10:07:31 AM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: Perdogg

I resent the fact that they labeled him a “character actor”. Unless you give him credit as an actor and a person with character! I wish I would have had the opportunity to thank him for his service when he was alive. RIP sir!


28 posted on 12/25/2012 10:37:25 AM PST by Ab Alius Domitor ("In the end; the winner")
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To: Perdogg

He was one of those guys you’ve seen in a hundred roles, even if you never remembered his name. He was great as Pappy O’Daniel in “Oh Brother Where Art Thou”, and Detective Yablonski, Lancaster and Douglas’ antagonist in “Tough Guys”.


29 posted on 12/25/2012 10:50:08 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

Yes...that was my fav with him!


30 posted on 12/25/2012 11:18:49 AM PST by Reagan‹berAlles
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To: Perdogg

Three words:

“DOG DAY AFTERNOON”


31 posted on 12/25/2012 11:19:32 AM PST by Reagan‹berAlles
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To: ConservativeStatement

WOW!

Hand Salute


32 posted on 12/25/2012 11:28:24 AM PST by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Perdogg

Sad news indeed. He was a fine actor.


33 posted on 12/25/2012 11:41:18 AM PST by Sunshine Sister
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To: Last of the Mohicans; Southern Partisan

I adored Durning. He was sheer perfection as Pappy O'Daniel. Also loved him on TV in Evening Shade, and as Father Hubley in Everybody Loves Raymond.

34 posted on 12/25/2012 11:51:34 AM PST by Albion Wilde (The only way to stop a man with a gun is with a gun. --Daniel Greenfield)
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To: Perdogg

35 posted on 12/25/2012 11:56:01 AM PST by Albion Wilde (The only way to stop a man with a gun is with a gun. --Daniel Greenfield)
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To: Future Snake Eater

I, too, remember Mr. Durning’s performance as the circa-1941 U.S. Senator in “The Final Countdown,” even though the USS Nimitz was the real star of that time-warp movie.

Durning was great in his role as the governor of Texas in “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” His song, “Ooh, I love to dance the little side step” was classic. When a reporter in the movie asked the “governor” about the situation in the Middle East, Durning’s character replied, “It behooves the Jews and the A-rabs to settle their differences in a Christian manner.” Or words to that effect. Great role.

Mr. Durning also had the re-curring role on “Everybody Loves Raymond” as Father Hubley, the Catholic priest whose flock included the Barone family.

I was unaware of his amazing military service in World War II.


36 posted on 12/25/2012 12:20:38 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (November 6, 2012.....A day that will live in infamy!)
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To: Perdogg
Loved that Irish face...


37 posted on 12/25/2012 12:24:49 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The only way to stop a man with a gun is with a gun. --Daniel Greenfield)
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To: tflabo

Tribute.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=v48Q00EERj0#!


38 posted on 12/25/2012 1:01:21 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: Perdogg

I salute this brave soldier, a winner of the Silver Star.
He will be missed.


39 posted on 12/25/2012 1:24:18 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: military cop

Charles Durning served in the 116th. Regiment of the 29th. Infantry Division. He landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day. May he rest in peace.


40 posted on 12/25/2012 2:01:01 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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