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Charles Durning
Charles Durning

Charles Durning (born February 28, 1923 in Highland Falls, New York) is an American actor of stage and screen, born to an impoverished Irish American Catholic family, which he left as soon as possible to ease the financial pressure on his mother. An eminent character actor, Durning is known for his versatility and for sometimes outperforming the main actors in his films. Image File history File links Durning. ... Image File history File links Durning. ... February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Highland Falls is a village located in Orange County, New York. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... Irish Americans are residents or citizens of the United States who claim Irish ancestry. ... A character actor is an actor who predominantly performs supporting parts, often in similar roles throughout the course of a career. ...


Durning served as a soldier in World War II, during which he was awarded a Silver Star and three Purple Heart medals. As a 21-year-old infantryman in the U.S. Army, he was part of the first wave of men to land on Omaha Beach as a member of the 1st Infantry Division on D Day in the Normandy Invasion. One of his injuries took place in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was one of the few survivors of the infamous Malmédy massacre on American POWs. Durning is well-known for participating in various functions to honor American veterans. He has said he still suffers from nightmares about his war experiences. After the war, Durning worked various jobs. While working as a ballroom dance instructor (he had some training in classical dance) he was noticed and cast in the New York Shakespeare Festival. He has since performed in some 32 plays, and in 1990 he won the Tony Award for "Featured Actor in a Play" for his role in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II... The Silver Star is a United States military decoration and is the third highest medal for valor. ... The Purple Heart is a U.S. military decoration awarded in the name of the President of the United States to those who have been wounded or killed while serving in, or with, the U.S. military after April 5, 1917. ... The United States Army is the branch of the United States armed forces that has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Troops from the First Division landing on Omaha beach. ... The 1st Infantry Division of the United States Army —nicknamed the Big Red One after its shoulder patch—is the oldest continuously serving division in the American Army. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Battle of Normandy was fought in 1944 between the German forces occupying Western Europe and the invading Allies. ... Combatants United States United Kingdom Germany Commanders Dwight D. Eisenhower Gerd von Rundstedt Strength Dec 16 - start of the Battle: about 83,000 men; 242 Sherman tanks, 182 tank destroyers, and 394 pieces of corps and divisional artillery. ... United States soldiers discover the aftermath of the Malmédy Massacre. ... Geneva Convention definition A prisoner of war (POW) is a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine who is imprisoned by an enemy power during or immediately after an armed conflict. ... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a play by Tennessee Williams. ...


One of Durning's best-known roles is the bunco cop Lieutenant Snyder who doggedly pursues the young con artist Johnny Hooker (Robert Redford) in the 1973 classic The Sting. Since then he has amassed over 100 film and TV credits, including Dog Day Afternoon (with Al Pacino), the sci-fi classic The Final Countdown, and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. In Tootsie he played a suitor to a cross-dressing Dustin Hoffman, and worked again with Hoffman in a 1985 TV production of Death of a Salesman. Robert Redford Charles Robert Redford Jr. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... The Sting was an Oscar winning caper film from 1973 based in the 1930s and centered around a convoluted plot by two professional grifters (Paul Newman and Robert Redford) to con a mob boss (Robert Shaw). ... Dog Day Afternoon is a 1975 film directed by Sidney Lumet, and written by Frank Pierson from a news article by P. F. Kluge and Thomas Moore. ... Al Pacino (right) with Robert Duvall in The Godfather. ... The Final Countdown is also the name of an album and song by the rock band Europe. ... The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a stage and film musical written by Larry L. King. ... Tootsie is a 1982 comedy film, which tells the story of a talented, but volatile actor who is pushing for 40. ... This article or section is missing references or citation of sources. ... This article is about the year. ... Cover to the Penguin Group edition. ...


More recently he has played a benevolent father to Holly Hunter in Home for the Holidays (1995), a savvy southern state governor ("Pappy" O'Daniel) in O Brother, Where Art Thou, and as Victor Rasdale in Dirty Deeds. He also had a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond (19962005) as the Barone family's long-suffering parish priest, Father Hubley. Holly Hunter (born March 20, 1958 in Conyers, Georgia) is an American film actress. ... Home for the Holidays is a 1995 film directed by Jodie Foster. ... Wilbert Lee Pappy ODaniel (March 11, 1890 - May 11, 1969) was a radio personality and a politician from Texas. ... O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a musical comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, set in Mississippi during the Great Depression. ... Dirty Deeds film poster Dirty Deeds is a 2005 film directed by David Kendall. ... A recurring character is a fictional character, usually in a prime time TV series, who is not a main character, but appears from time to time during the series run. ... Everybody Loves Raymond, sometimes referred to in the abbreviated form Raymond, was a popular and long-running American sitcom that was produced from 1996 to 2005 and broadcast on CBS. The show revolved around the life of Ray Barone, a Newsday sportswriter from Lynbrook, Long Island who lives with his... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


For his roles on television, Durning has earned four Emmy Awards and received Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor nominations for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 1982 and for To Be or Not to Be in 1983. An Emmy Award. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is a stage and film musical written by Larry L. King. ... To Be or Not to Be is a 1983 comedy film directed by Alan Johnson, written by Ronny Graham and Thomas Meehan, and starring Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. ...


He can currently be seen on the television show Rescue Me, playing the father of Denis Leary's character. Rescue Me is an American TV dramedy shown on the FX Network. ... Denis Leary Denis Colin Leary (born August 18, 1957) is an American actor, comedian, writer and director. ...


Charles Durning was a U. S. Army Ranger at Normandy, earning a Silver Star and awarded the Purple Heart.


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Charles Durning - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (485 words)
Charles Durning (born February 28, 1923 in Highland Falls, New York) is an American actor of stage and screen, born to an impoverished Irish American Catholic family, which he left as soon as possible to ease the financial pressure on his mother.
An eminent character actor, Durning is known for his versatility and for sometimes outperforming the main actors in his films.
Durning served as a soldier in World War II, during which he was awarded a Silver Star and three Purple Heart medals.
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