Charles Durning Biography

Birthday: 1923-02-28
Place of Birth: Highland Falls, New York
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Wiki Biography: Ex-pro boxer, WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor are 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 is one of Hollywood's most dependable and sought after supporting actors who 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 telemovies!

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Front Page 1974 Comedy
Captains and the Kings 1976 Drama
Starting Over 1979 Comedy
True Confessions 1981 Crime
Two of a Kind 1983 Comedy
Amazing Stories 1985 - 1987 Adventure
Evening Shade Dr. Harlan Elldridge 1990 - 1994 Comedy
Home For The Holidays Henry Larson 1995 Comedy
One Fine Day! Lew 1996 Comedy
Orleans Frank Vitelli 1997 - 1997
Now and Again 1999 Adventure
First Monday Justice Henry Hoskins 2002 Drama
Stephen King's Desperation Tom Billingsley 2006 - 2006
Hard Time Det. Charlie Duffy 2009 Action
Royal Marines: Mission Afghanistan Det. Charlie Duffy 2011
Twist Of Fate Charlie 2011
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Hi, Mom! 1970
The Front Page 1974 Biography, 0
The Sting Lt. Wm. Snyder 1974 Comedy, Crime, Drama
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom 1975 Romance, Drama
Dog Day Afternoon Det. Sgt. Eugene Moretti 1975 Crime, Drama
The Hindenburg 1975 Adventure, Drama, History
Harry And Walter Go To New York 1976 Crime, Comedy
Twilight's Last Gleaming President David Stevens 1977
The Greek Tycoon 1978 Drama
The Muppet Movie Doc Hopper 1979 0, 0, 0
Starting Over 1979 0
North Dallas Forty 1979 Comedy, Drama, Sport
Lakeboat 1980
The Final Countdown Sen. Samuel Chapman 1980 0, Sport
Crisis at Central High 1981 Drama, History
True Confessions 1981 Crime, Drama
Tootsie 1982 0
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas 1982 Comedy, Musical
Two of a Kind 1983 Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Mass Appeal Monsignor Thomas Burke 1984 Drama
The Man with One Red Shoe 1985 Comedy, Thriller
Stand Alone Louis Thibadeau 1985 Action, Drama
Death of a Salesman 1985 Drama
Amazing Stories 1985 Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Tough Guys Deke Yablonski 1986 Comedy
Big Trouble O'Mara 1986 Comedy
Where the River Runs Black Father O'Reilly 1986 Adventure
Solarbabies: 1986 Action, Drama, Sci Fi
Hadley's Rebellion Sam Crawford 1987 Drama
Cop 1988
A Tiger's Tale Charlie Drumm 1988 Comedy, Drama
Far North Bertrum 1988 Drama
Étoile Uncle Joshua 1989 Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
The Rosary Murders 1989 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Cat Chaser Jiggs Scully 1989 Crime, Thriller
The Butter Battle Book 1989 Animation, Family
Fatal Sky Colonel Clancy 1990 Action
V.I. Warshawski Lt. Mallory 1991 Game Show, 0, 0
Brenda Starr 1992 Adventure, Comedy, Romance
The Water Engine 1992 Drama
When a Stranger Calls Back John Clifford 1993 Horror, Thriller
The Music of Chance 1993 Drama
The Hudsucker Proxy Waring Hudsucker 1994 0
I.Q. 1994 Comedy, Romance
Home for the Holidays Henry Larson 1995 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Elmo Saves Christmas Santa Claus 1996
Spy Hard 1996 Comedy, Action
The Grass Harp Reverend Buster 1996 Drama, Comedy
Mrs. Santa Claus Santa 1996
The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists 1996 Animation, Adventure, Family
One Fine Day Lew 1996 Comedy, Romance
Shelter Capt. Robert Landis 1998 Action, Thriller
Hi-Life Fatty 1998 Comedy, Romance
Jerry and Tom Vic 1998 Comedy, Crime, Drama
State and Main 2000 0
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Pappy O'Daniel 2000 0, 0, Comedy
Very Mean Men Paddy Mulroney 2000 Comedy, Crime
The Last Producer Syd Wolf 2001 Drama
L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve Stuart Steele 2001 Crime, Drama, Action
Turn of Faith Philly Russo 2002 Crime, Drama
Mother Ghost George 2002 Comedy, Drama
Dead Canaries Jimmy Kerrigan 2003 Crime
Death and Texas Marshall Ledger 2004
River's End Murray Blythe 2005 Action, Adventure, Crime
Resurrection: The J.R. Richard Story Frank McNally 2005 Drama
Descansos Inkeeper #2 2006 Drama, Thriller
One Last Ride Mr. Orlick 2006 Drama
Jesus, Mary and Joey Teddy the Bartender 2006 Comedy, Romance
Desperation Tom Billingsley 2006 Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Dirty Deeds Victor Rasdale 2006 Comedy
Forget About It 2006 Comedy, Drama
The L.A. Riot Spectacular 2006 Comedy
The Golden Boys John Bartlett 2007 Comedy, Romance
Good Dick Charlie 2008 0, 0
Pride & Loyalty Dylan Frier 2008 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Break The Wise Man 2008 Action, Crime, Drama
Deal Charlie Adler 2008 Drama
iMurders Dr. Seamus St. Martin 2008 Crime, Drama, Horror
A Bunch of Amateurs Charlie Rosenberg 2009 Comedy
Unbeatable Harold Harold's Father 2009 Comedy, Romance
Local Color Yammi 2009 Drama
Three Chris's Kris Kringle 2010 Comedy
An Affirmative Act Man in the White Suit 2010 0, Game Show
The Life Zone James Wise 2011 Game Show
Naked Run Congressman Davenport 2011 Comedy
Rogue Assassin Frank Maro 2012 Action
Whistleblowers: The Untold Stories Himself - Witness in the Julia Davis case 2013 Biography, Crime, History
The Great Fight Judge Frier 2013 Drama
Captured Hearts Santa Claus 2013 Horror
Scavenger Killers Dylan Frier 2013 Horror
Fury Dr. Jim McKeever 2014 Romance, 0
Happy New Year Charlie 2014 0, Comedy
The Waiter 2015
Polycarp Alexander Hathaway 2015
The Fury Dr. Jim McKeever 2016
The Last Supper 2017