Charles Durning Dies

  • The 89-year-old television actor known for his character roles, Charles Durning, died on Christmas Eve. Durning was a recipient of the Tony and the Golden Globe awards. He was nominated for Academy Awards twice as a supporting actor. He was also nominated for the Emmy Awards nine times and was awarded the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Durning was born in Highland Falls, New York, and was a World War II veteran. He had worked odd jobs before he started to work as an actor.  He then attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Durning's best-known roles include his portrayal of the governor in "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", Big Daddy in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", and a  police officer in "Dog Day Afternoon".

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