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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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1 posted on 12/25/2012 7:46:56 AM PST by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

Loved him in Tootsie...


2 posted on 12/25/2012 7:48:26 AM PST by ransacked
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To: kronos77; mass55th; Perdogg; DollyCali; EveningStar; Borges; Mr. K; Blondie; altura; mylife; ...

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3 posted on 12/25/2012 7:50:01 AM PST by Perdogg (Mark Levin - It's called the Bill of Rights not Bill of Needs)
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To: Perdogg

Rest in Peace, Ranger Durning.

Rangers Lead the Way.


4 posted on 12/25/2012 7:51:31 AM PST by military cop (I carry a .45....cause they don't make a .46....)
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To: Perdogg

Three Purple Hearts.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/movies/charles-durning-prolific-character-actor-dies-at-89.html?pagewanted=all

Then came World War II, and he enlisted in the Army. His combat experiences were harrowing. He was in the first wave of troops to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day and his unit’s lone survivor of a machine-gun ambush. In Belgium he was stabbed in hand-to-hand combat with a German soldier, whom he bludgeoned to death with a rock. Fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he and the rest of his company were captured and forced to march through a pine forest at Malmedy, the scene of an infamous massacre in which the Germans opened fire on almost 90 prisoners. Mr. Durning was among the few to escape.

By the war’s end he had been awarded a Silver Star for valor and three Purple Hearts, having suffered gunshot and shrapnel wounds as well. He spent months in hospitals and was treated for psychological trauma.


5 posted on 12/25/2012 7:51:43 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Having an abortion is "progressive"?)
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To: Perdogg

I always thought Strother Martin was the king of character actors... but Dunning was an original!!


6 posted on 12/25/2012 7:52:43 AM PST by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Perdogg
The Sting


7 posted on 12/25/2012 7:58:15 AM PST by Hoodat ("As for God, His way is perfect" - Psalm 18:30)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Wow—what a hero. RIP sir. My grandfather’s brother was killed at the Battle of the Bulge. Merry Christmas all.


8 posted on 12/25/2012 7:59:57 AM PST by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: ConservativeStatement

An authentic American hero. I always enjoyed his participation in the Memorial Day event on the Mall.


9 posted on 12/25/2012 8:04:38 AM PST by kabar
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To: Perdogg

As an actor, I don’t remember anything about him, but we all benefit from his service. RIP and thanks.


10 posted on 12/25/2012 8:04:59 AM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (Ho, ho, hey, hey, I'm BUYcotting Chick-Fil-A)
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To: Perdogg

Another great actor and WWII hero lost to the ages. Thank you for your service Mr. Durning, on the battlefield, and on screen. Rest in peace.


11 posted on 12/25/2012 8:06:49 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: tflabo

Merry Christmas to all.

R.I.P. to this gentleman.


12 posted on 12/25/2012 8:07:52 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Having an abortion is "progressive"?)
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To: Perdogg

RIP “Pappy O’Daniel”.


13 posted on 12/25/2012 8:19:50 AM PST by Southern Partisan
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To: Perdogg

He really was an excellent character actor in everything he did. God bless his family.


14 posted on 12/25/2012 8:22:20 AM PST by fattigermaster
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To: Perdogg

I always enjoyed Durning, whatever he was in. Two of my favorites were Tough Guys (great little movie, btw) and his guest appearance on NCIS as a WW 2 Marine haunted by his past. The former was a hoot, and the latter was one of the most moving performances I’ve seen on tv in a long time.

RIP, Mr. Durning. And Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah to all my fellow Freepers!


15 posted on 12/25/2012 8:25:24 AM PST by DemforBush (You might very well think that. I could not *possibly* comment.)
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To: ransacked

He was good in ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ as the Detective Sgt..


16 posted on 12/25/2012 8:29:09 AM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: Perdogg

Prayers for his family. Great actor.

Merry Christmas


17 posted on 12/25/2012 8:32:27 AM PST by bray (Welcome to Obamaville)
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To: Perdogg

He was the cop in the most suspenseful movie ever “Have you,checked the Children”? “We traced the call, it’s coming from inside the house”! When a Stranger Calls.


18 posted on 12/25/2012 8:49:13 AM PST by crazydad (Obamamohamed is a traitor)
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To: Perdogg
My favorite actor. A movie could be made of HIS life with his heroic actions in war, and his profession as an actor. Whatever he did, he did well. RIP Mr. Durning.
19 posted on 12/25/2012 8:52:29 AM PST by Swede Girl
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To: Perdogg

Prayers for Mr. Durning and his family. We salute this great American and hero.


20 posted on 12/25/2012 8:52:47 AM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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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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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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To: SkyDancer

He was in the D-Day invasion however he served with the 29th. Infantry Regiment, he landed on the beach, lucky to have survived in any case.


41 posted on 12/25/2012 2:04:12 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: SkyDancer

He was in the D-Day invasion however he served with the 29th. Infantry Regiment, he landed on the beach, lucky to have survived in any case.


42 posted on 12/25/2012 2:04:23 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Perdogg

God rest his soul.


43 posted on 12/25/2012 2:18:36 PM PST by EternalVigilance ("Give 'em Watts, boys!")
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To: jmacusa

Right. I liked the movies he was in.


44 posted on 12/25/2012 2:24:26 PM 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: jmacusa

From Armyranger.com:

PFC Charles Durning, 85, of Los Angeles, California, served during World War II with the US Army Rangers, with a Field Artillery unit and with the 398th Infantry Regiment. Following US Army induction in January 1943 and basic training he was deployed to England in February 1944. Charles landed at Omaha Beach on D-Day 1944 early in the day as part of an Army Ranger Battalion, alongside the 1st Infantry Division. Although his unit suffered severe casualties he managed to reach safety. In late June 1944, Charles was seriously wounded by a mine at Les Mare des Mares, France and spent almost 6 months recovering. When the German Ardennes offensive broke out in December 1944, he was rushed to the front lines and suffered severe bayonet wounds in hand to hand combat. On December 16th his unit was overrun and captured in Belgium by an SS Panzer Unit that was taking no prisoners. PFC Durning was one of only a few soldiers to escape and survive the subsequent notorious Malmedy massacre. With the 398th Infantry Regiment he moved into Germany where he was again seriously wounded in March 1945 and evacuated to the United States. Charles Durning’s significant decorations include the Silver Star, awarded for valor in the Ardennes in December 1944, and the Purple Heart. After spending considerable time recovering from his wartime injuries, he was discharged at Fort Dix, New Jersey in January 1946.

There WAS a Ranger Battalion within the 29th IN Division. It was shut down and reorganized before D-Day.

Durning’s name doesn’t appear in COL Robert Black’s “Rangers in WWII” but those who served in Ranger Battalions in combat are considered members of the brotherhood.

RLTW


45 posted on 12/25/2012 2:34:43 PM PST by military cop (I carry a .45....cause they don't make a .46....)
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To: Reagan√úberAlles

I absolutely love that movie. One of the best movies in the 70’s.


46 posted on 12/25/2012 2:38:53 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: military cop

Thanks for the info. He was the narrator for a D-Day documentary about ten years ago that had him listed as serving in the 116 Infantry Regiment of the 29th. Infantry Division(’’The Blue&Grays’’.)


47 posted on 12/25/2012 8:35:03 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN
He was good in ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ as the Detective Sgt.

That was the first movie that came to my mind. Funny too, we were just talking on FR the other night about When a Stranger Calls so I thought of him then too. Rest in Peace to a great actor.

48 posted on 12/25/2012 10:32:46 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: Swede Girl
<> After reading about what he survived, I think a movie SHOULD be made.
49 posted on 12/27/2012 11:05:42 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: ConservativeStatement

Catching up after the holidays, and just now reading your post. Thank you for the link to Durning’s NYT obit, and your overview of the Malmedy massacre. The story of his war experiences in the Times bio made me weep for his pain, and that of our heroic troops, then and now.

I adored Durning as an actor, but had never known of his harrowing time in the war until his obits have appeared. I note that, back when there was less understanding of PTSD, it took him until he was almost 50 to get over his and start really succeeding as an actor.

There is so much to be done for our current veterans.

Thanks again, and happy new year to you!


50 posted on 12/30/2012 1:24:35 PM PST by Albion Wilde ("If you're going through hell, keep on going."--Winston Churchill)
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