The famous actor Charles Durning, 89, died on Monday, December 24th, of natural causes at his home in New York City.
He will be remembered for his Oscar-nominated roles in “The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas” (1982) as the governor of Texas and in “To Be Or Not to Be” as a bumbling Nazi officer, but also for his numerous appearances on various talk shows, game shows and variety shows.
Charles Durning began his career on stage for the New York Shakespeare Festival, until his film career began with the breakout role in the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play That Championship Season in 1972. Since then he appeared in more than 100 movies and has won a Golden Globe in 1991 for his role in “The Kennedys Of Massachusetts” and a Tony in 1990 for his role in the Broadway revival of “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”.
“I never turned down anything and never argued with any producer or director,” Durning said in 2008 when he was honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“If I’m not in a part, I drive my wife crazy,” he said during a 1997 interview. “I’ll go downstairs to get the mail, and when I come back I’ll say, ‘Any calls for me?’”