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Charles Durning

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 television movies.

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Feb 28, 1923 In Highland Falls, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Normandy: The Great Crusade
Latest Project:
Series Queen of the Stardust Ballroom 2017
Known For
Poster of Todo el mundo quiere a Raymond
Poster of Cybill
Poster of Eye to Eye
Poster of Studs Lonigan
Series Normandy: The Great Crusade Unknown 2019
Series Attica Unknown 2017
Series Queen of the Stardust Ballroom Unknown 2017
Movie Bleeding Hearts Santa Claus 2013-06-01
Movie Scavenger Killers Dylan Frier 2013-06-01
Movie The Life Zone James Wise 2011-06-10
Movie The Great Fight Judge Frier 2011-01-01
Movie The Golden Boys John Bartlett 2008-12-11
Movie Deal Charlie Adler 2008-01-29
Movie A Bunch of Amateurs Charlie Rosenberg 2008-11-17
Movie iMurders Dr. Seamus St. Martin 2008-08-09
Movie Good Dick Charlie 2008-10-03
Movie Kinky Killers Alexander Hathaway 2007-06-01
Movie Olvidalo Eddie O'Brien 2006-10-14
Movie Local Color Yammi 2006-09-19
Movie Un milagro muy ¡guau! Captain Pete Weaver 2006-04-01
Movie Unbeatable Harold Harold's Father 2006-01-01
Movie Jesus, Mary and Joey Teddy 2006-01-01
Movie Desesperación Tom Billingsley 2006-05-23
Movie Dirty Deeds Victor Rasdale 2005-08-26
Movie The L.A. Riot Spectacular The Lawyer 2005-04-25
Movie Un novio por Navidad Santa Claus 2004-11-27
Series Rescue Me: Equipo de Rescate Unknown 2004-07-21
Series Navy: Investigación criminal Unknown 2003-09-23
Series Everwood Unknown 2002-09-16
Movie Mother Ghost George 2002-08-08
Series Monk Unknown 2002-07-12
Movie Turn of Faith Philly Russo 2002-06-05
Series First Monday Justice Henry Hoskins 2002-01-15
Movie Mr. St. Nick Nicholas XX 2002-10-17
Series Citizen Baines Unknown 2001-09-29
Series Dinner for Five Unknown 2001-07-06
Movie El juez 2001-05-06
Movie O Brother! Menelaus "Pappy" O'Daniel 2000-08-30
Movie State and Main Mayor George Bailey 2000-08-26
Movie El último productor Syd Wolf 2000-08-22
Movie El buque del lago Skippy 2000-04-13
Movie Never Look Back 2000-03-31
Movie Justice Moe Ryan 1999-01-14
Series Padre de familia Unknown 1999-01-31
Movie Hard Time: The Premonition Det. Charlie Duffy 1999-02-27
Movie Hard Time: Hostage Hotel Det. Charlie Duffy 1999-11-14
Movie Jerry y Tom Vic 1998-12-04
Movie Ultimo refugio Capt. Robert Landis 1998-01-16
Movie Hi-Life Fatty 1998-11-27
Movie Hard Time Det. Charlie Duffy 1998-12-12
Movie Sesame Street: Elmo Saves Christmas Santa Claus 1997-09-03
Series El abogado Unknown 1997-03-04
Series Orleans Frank Vitelli 1997-01-08
Movie Un día inolvidable Lew 1996-12-20
Series Edición anterior Unknown 1996-09-28
Series Todo el mundo quiere a Raymond Unknown 1996-09-13
Movie Espía como puedas The Director 1996-05-24
Movie A Woman of Independent Means Andrew Alcott 1995-02-19
Series Cybill Unknown 1995-01-02
Movie La última cena (The Last Supper) Reverend Gerald Hutchens 1995-09-08
Movie A casa por vacaciones Henry Larson 1995-11-02
Movie El arpa de hierba Reverend Buster 1995-09-10
Movie El gran salto Waring Hudsucker 1994-03-11
Movie El genio del amor Louis Bamberger 1994-12-24
Movie Roomates Barney 1994-05-30
Series Tocados por un ángel Unknown 1994-09-21
Movie La música del azar Bill Flower 1993-06-23
Movie Llama un extraño otra vez John Clifford 1993-04-04
Series Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
Movie Tales from Hollywood 1992-10-18
Movie The Water Engine Tour Guide 1992-08-24
Movie V.I. Warshawski Det. Lt. Bobby Mallory 1991-07-26
Series Evening Shade Harlan Elldridge 1990-09-21
Movie Dick Tracy Chief Brandon 1990-06-15
Series The Kennedys of Massachusetts John F. Fitzgerald 1990-02-18
Movie Étoile Uncle Joshua 1989-03-17
Movie Brenda Starr Editor Francis I. Livright 1989-05-15
Movie Los perros de la ley Earl Mulcahaney 1989-09-29
Movie It Nearly Wasn't Christmas Santa 1989-12-01
Movie The Butter Battle Book Grandfather (voice) 1989-11-13
Movie El cazador de gatos Jiggs Scully 1989-12-08
Movie Norte lejano Bertrum 1988-11-09
Movie Cop, con la ley o sin ella Dutch Peltz 1988-01-01
Movie Los crímenes del rosario Father Ted Nabors 1987-08-28
Movie Un tigre en la almohada Charlie Drumm 1987-08-22
Movie Happy New Year Charlie 1987-08-07
Movie Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues Senator Henry Colton 1987-11-22
Movie Guerreros del sol The Warden 1986-11-26
Movie Otra ciudad, otra ley Deke Yablonski 1986-10-03
Movie Cuando el río baja negro (Lazaro) Father O'Reilly 1986-09-19
Movie Un hombre en apuros O'Mara 1986-05-30
Series Cuentos asombrosos Unknown 1985-09-29
Movie Stand Alone 1985-09-01
Movie Muerte de un viajante Charley 1985-08-16
Movie El hombre con un zapato rojo Ross 1985-07-18
Movie Stick Chucky 1985-04-26
Series Eye to Eye 1985-03-21
Movie Mister Roberts The Captain 1984-03-18
Movie Mass Appeal Monsignor Thomas Burke 1984-12-14
Movie Soy o no soy Col. Erhardt 1983-12-16
Movie El precio del poder Immigration Officer (voice) (uncredited) 1983-12-08
Movie Hadley's Rebellion Sam Crawford 1983-09-30
Movie Tal para cual Charlie 1983-01-01
Movie Tootsie Les Nichols 1982-12-16
Movie La casa más divertida de Texas Governor 1982-07-23
Movie Sharky's Machine Lt. Friscoe 1981-12-18
Movie La oscura noche del espantapajaros (TV) Otis P. Hazelrigg 1981-10-24
Movie The Best Little Girl in the World Frank Powell 1981-05-11
Movie Crisis at Central High Jess Matthews 1981-02-04
Movie Confesiones verdaderas Jack Amsterdam 1981-09-25
Movie Die Laughing 1980-04-01
Movie Attica Commisioner Russel Oswald 1980-03-01
Movie El final de la cuenta atrás Senator Samuel Chapman 1980-01-31
Movie Tilt Harold 'The Whale' Remmens 1979-04-01
Series Studs Lonigan Paddy Lonigan 1979-03-07
Movie North Dallas Forty Coach Johnson 1979-08-03
Movie Los Teleñecos van a Hollywood (La película de los Teleñecos) Doc Hopper 1979-05-31
Movie Llama un extraño John Clifford 1979-10-26
Movie Comenzar de nuevo Michael "Mickey" Potter 1979-10-05
Movie La furia Dr. Jim McKeever 1978-03-10
Movie Special Olympics Carl Gallitzin 1978-02-22
Movie El enemigo del pueblo Peter Stockmann 1978-03-17
Movie La patrulla de los inmorales Spermwhale Whalen 1977-12-23
Movie Alerta misiles President David T. Stevens 1977-02-09
Series Captains and the Kings 1976-09-30
Movie Harry and Walter Go to New York Rufus T. Crisp 1976-06-17
Movie Hindenburg Captain Pruss 1975-12-25
Movie Nevada Express O'Brien 1975-12-25
Series The Cop and the Kid 1975-12-04
Movie Tarde de perros Det. Sgt. Eugene Moretti 1975-08-11
Movie Queen of the Stardust Ballroom Al Green 1975-02-13
Movie The Trial of Chaplain Jensen Budd Rogers 1975-02-11
Series Baretta Unknown 1975-01-17
Movie Primera plana Murphy 1974-12-01
Movie The Connection Frank Devlin 1973-02-27
Movie El golpe Lt. Wm. Snyder 1973-12-25
Movie Hermanas Joseph Larch 1972-11-18
Movie Deadhead Miles Truck Driver in Cafe 1972-08-08
Movie Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues Murphy 1972-02-25
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Movie The Pursuit of Happiness 2nd Guard 1971-02-23
Series All in the Family Unknown 1971-01-12
Movie Yo vigilo el camino Hunnicutt 1970-11-18
Movie Hola, mamá Superintendent 1970-04-27
Series Hawai 5-0 Unknown 1968-09-20
Series El gran Chaparral Unknown 1967-09-10
Series Another World 1964-05-04
Movie The Password Is Courage 1962-06-01
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24