Charles Durning, Dead at 89

Charles Durning, Dead at 89One of Hollywood’s best loved and most talented actors passed away on Christmas Day. His performances were perfection as he defined the role of “supporting actor”.

He had roles in such memorable movies as, “Tootsie”, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou”, “The Sting, “The Best Little Whore House in Texas, “Dog Day Afternoon, and “The Muppet Movie”. He won a Tony for his performance in Broadway’s “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”. He was also nominated for two Academy Awards for best supporting actor.

He was a WWII hero who had left home at 16, enlisted in the Army and stormed Normandy Beach on “D” Day, and fought in the “Battle of the Bulge”. He received the Silver Star, and three Purple Hearts.

Born on February 28, 1923, he became an actor relatively late. After his discharge from the military he worked as a professional boxer, a ballroom dance instructor, and as an usher in a burlesque house. When one of the performers failed to show up one evening, Durning had his chance.

Durning’s family was quoted; “Not only was Charlie a World War II hero but he was also a hero to his family. Charlie loved Christmas and if he could have chosen a time to pass, he would have chosen this day.”

I will certainly miss him.

James Turnage

News Correspondent-The Guardian Express

We will read your comment immediately so leave a remark!

RSS Guardian Express

  • Iranian Messi a Target for European Elite: World Cup Preview [Video] April 20, 2014
    A number of Europe’s elite clubs are targeting a young forward dubbed the “Iranian Messi” before he is selected to represent his country at the 2014 World Cup. Rubin Kazan forward Sardar Azmoun is a rising star and he is tipped to win senior honors at the big event in Brazil. Premier League side Arsenal […]
    Robert Shepherd
  • Los Angeles Times Building Scare April 20, 2014
    A scare at the Los Angeles Times building resulted in a lockdown and search of the entire premises. Suspect, Matthew Lowes, was detained by police and taken without incident from the second floor of the building. The second floor of the Times building has space rented by VXI Global Solutions, which Lowes works for. Lowes […]
    Raul Hernandez
  • Indiana Pacers Struggles Continue April 20, 2014
    The Indiana Pacers’ late-season struggles continued as the team lost to the visiting Atlanta Hawks yesterday by a score of 101-93. When the team is playing its best, the offense features a balanced attack. In order for the offense to hum, the team needs balanced scoring from the inside and outside. Against the Hawks, Roy […]
    William Costolo
  • Influenza B Virus Making a Strong Spring Appearance April 20, 2014
    The Influenza strain B virus is making a strong appearance, although spring is not its usual time of year. This strain of the flu is not the same one that was making people sick mid-winter. This means that even if someone has already had the virus once this flu season, they can still get it […]
    Twanna Harps
  • Toronto Raptors Have Bitten Off More Than They Can Chew April 20, 2014
    If you look at the day the city of Toronto and their beloved Toronto Raptor’s had, it would be really easy to come to the conclusion that the  Toronto Raptors have bitten off more than they can chew. Toronto Sun Times readers were greeted with an incendiary cover , featuring a picture of Kevin Garnett […]
    Daryl McElveen

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 629 other subscribers