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Charles Durning (1923–2012)


WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were 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 was one of Hollywood's most dependable and sought after supporting actors. Durning ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Dog Day Afternoon
(1975)
The Muppet Movie
The Muppet Movie Doc Hopper
(1979)
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
(2000)
The Sting
The Sting Lt. Wm. Snyder
(1973)

Filmography

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 2015 Bleeding Hearts
Santa Claus
 2014 Scavenger Killers
Dylan Frier
 2012 Rogue Assassin
Frank Maro
 2004-2011 Rescue Me (TV Series)
Michael Gavin / Tommy's Dad
- Mutha (2011) ... Michael Gavin
- Torch (2009) ... Michael Gavin
- Yaz (2007) ... Michael Gavin
- Cycle (2007) ... Michael Gavin
- High (2007) ... Michael Gavin
 2011 The Life Zone
James Wise
 2011 The Great Fight
Judge Frier
 2011 Naked Run
Congressman Davenport
 2010 No Clean Break (TV Series)
The Wise Man
 2010 An Affirmative Act
Man in the White Suit
 2010 The Waiter
Frank 'The Handler' Maro
 2010 Three Chris's
Kris Kringle
 1999-2009 Family Guy (TV Series)
Francis Griffin
- Family Goy (2009) ... Francis Griffin (voice)
- Peter's Two Dads (2007) ... Francis Griffin (voice)
- The Father, the Son and the Holy Fonz (2005) ... Francis Griffin (voice)
- Mr. Saturday Knight (2001) ... Francis Griffin (voice)
- Holy Crap (1999) ... Francis Griffin (voice)
 2009 Shannon's Rainbow
Floyd
 2008 A Bunch of Amateurs
Charlie Rosenberg
 2008 The Golden Boys
John Bartlett
 2008 iMurders
Dr. Seamus St. Martin
 2008/III Break
The Wise Man
 2008 The Drum Beats Twice
Satan
 2008/I Deal
Charlie Adler
 2008 Good Dick
Charlie
 2007 Polycarp
Alexander Hathaway
 2007 Monk (TV Series)
Hank Johansen
- Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital (2007) ... Hank Johansen
 2006 Family Guy (Video Game)
Francis Griffin (voice)
 2006 Everwood (TV Series)
Eugene Brown
- Goodbye, Love (2006) ... Eugene Brown
- Reckoning (2006) ... Eugene Brown
 2006 Desperation (TV Movie)
Tom Billingsley
 2006 Forget About It
Eddie O'Brien
 2006 Local Color
Yammi
 2006 Unbeatable Harold
Harold's Father
 2006 Miracle Dogs Too (Video)
Capt. Pete Weaver
 2006 Descansos
Inkeeper #2
 2005 Jesus, Mary and Joey
Teddy the Bartender
 2005 Dirty Deeds
Victor Rasdale
 2005 The L.A. Riot Spectacular
The Lawyer
 2005 Detective (TV Movie)
Councilman Max Ernst
 2005 River's End
Murray Blythe
 2004 A Very Married Christmas (TV Movie)
Ozzy Larson
 2004 A Boyfriend for Christmas (TV Movie)
Santa Claus
 2004 NCIS (TV Series)
Ernie Yost
- Call of Silence (2004) ... Ernie Yost
 2004 One Last Ride
Mr. Orlick
 2004 Death and Texas
Marshall Ledger
 2003 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Father Thomas Madden
- The Root of All Evil (2003) ... Father Thomas Madden
 2003 Dead Canaries
Jimmy Kerrigan
 2002 Pride & Loyalty
Dylan Frier
 2002 The Last Man Club (Short)
John 'Eagle Eye' Pennell
 2002 The Naked Run (Short)
Congressman Davenport
 2002 Mr. St. Nick (TV Movie)
Nicholas XX
 2002 Mother Ghost
George
 2002 Turn of Faith
Philly Russo
 1998-2002 Everybody Loves Raymond (TV Series)
Father Hubley
- The First Time (2002) ... Father Hubley
- The Angry Family (2001) ... Father Hubley
- The Tenth Anniversary (2000) ... Father Hubley
- Prodigal Son (2000) ... Father Hubley
- Move Over (1999) ... Father Hubley
 2002 First Monday (TV Series)
Justice Henry Hoskins
- Family Secrets (2002) ... Justice Henry Hoskins
- Showdown (2002) ... Justice Henry Hoskins
- Strip Search (2002) ... Justice Henry Hoskins
- Unprotected Speech (2002) ... Justice Henry Hoskins
- Secrets and Lies (2002) ... Justice Henry Hoskins
 2001 Citizen Baines (TV Series)
Clifford Connelly
- Three Days in November (2001) ... Clifford Connelly
 2001 Bleacher Bums (TV Movie)
Scorekeeper Victor
 2001 L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve
Stuart Steele
 2001 The Judge (TV Movie)
Judge Harlan Radovich
 2000 State and Main
Mayor George Bailey
 2000 The Last Producer
Syd Wolf
 2000 Very Mean Men
Paddy Mulroney
 1997-2000 Early Edition (TV Series)
Judge Steven Romick / Psychiatrist
- Time (2000) ... Judge Steven Romick
- A Regular Joe (1997) ... Psychiatrist
 2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Pappy O'Daniel
 1999-2000 Now and Again (TV Series)
Narrator
- The Eggman Cometh (2000) ... Narrator
- The Bugmeister, Part Bee (2000) ... Narrator
- The Bugmeister (2000) ... Narrator
- There Are No Words (2000) ... Narrator
- Lizzard's Tale (2000) ... Narrator
 2000 Lakeboat
Skippy
 1998-2000 The Practice (TV Series)
Stephen Donnell
- Death Penalties (2000) ... Stephen Donnell
- Passing Go (1998) ... Stephen Donnell
 2000 The Hoop Life (TV Series)
Wes Connelly
- The Second Chance (2000) ... Wes Connelly
 1999 Hard Time: Hostage Hotel (TV Movie)
Det. Charlie Duffy
 1999 Chicken Soup for the Soul (TV Series)
 1999/I Justice (TV Movie)
Moe Ryan
 1999 Hard Time: The Premonition (TV Movie)
Det. Charlie Duffy
 1998 Hard Time (TV Movie)
Det. Charlie Duffy
 1998 A Chance of Snow (TV Movie)
Earl Pulmer
 1998 Hi-Life
Fatty
 1998 Cybill (TV Series)
A.J. Sheridan
- Daddy (1998) ... A.J. Sheridan
- Bakersfield (1998) ... A.J. Sheridan (uncredited)
 1998 Homicide: Life on the Street (TV Series)
Thomas Finnegan
- Finnegan's Wake (1998) ... Thomas Finnegan
 1998 Jerry and Tom
Vic
 1998 Shelter
Capt. Robert Landis
 1997 The Secret Life of Algernon
Norbie Hess
 1997 Orleans (TV Series)
Frank Vitelli
- When the Saints Go Marching in (1997) ... Frank Vitelli
- Luther's Temptation (1997) ... Frank Vitelli
- Baby-Sitting (1997) ... Frank Vitelli
 1996 Elmo Saves Christmas (Video)
Santa Claus
 1996 One Fine Day
Lew
 1996 Mrs. Santa Claus (TV Movie)
Santa Claus
 1996 Recon (Short)
Chief
 1996 Spy Hard
The Director
 1995 Home for the Holidays
Henry Larson
 1995 The Grass Harp
Rev. Buster
 1995/I The Last Supper
Rev. Gerald Hutchens
 1995 A Woman of Independent Means (TV Mini-Series)
Andrew Alcott
- Episode #1.3 (1995) ... Andrew Alcott
- Episode #1.2 (1995) ... Andrew Alcott
- Episode #1.1 (1995) ... Andrew Alcott
 1994 I.Q.
Louis Bamberger
 1994 In Search of Dr. Seuss (TV Movie)
Grandfather Yook (voice, uncredited)
 1994 Leslie's Folly (TV Short)
 1994 Texan (TV Short)
Vaughn
 1994 Roomates (TV Movie)
Barney
 1990-1994 Evening Shade (TV Series)
Dr. Harlan Elldridge
- I Left My Ring in Evening Shade (1994) ... Dr. Harlan Elldridge
- The Odder Couple (1994) ... Dr. Harlan Elldridge
- Mama Knows Best (1994) ... Dr. Harlan Elldridge
- Wood Climbs to New Heights (1994) ... Dr. Harlan Elldridge
- Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wood? (1994) ... Dr. Harlan Elldridge
 1994 The Hudsucker Proxy
Waring Hudsucker
 1993 Harlan & Merleen (TV Movie)
Dr. Harlan Elldridge
 1993 When a Stranger Calls Back (TV Movie)
John Clifford
 1993 The Music of Chance
Bill Flower
 1992 Performance (TV Series)
Charles F. Money
- Tales from Hollywood (1992) ... Charles F. Money
 1992 The Water Engine (TV Movie)
Tour Guide
 1991 The Story Lady (TV Movie)
Judge (uncredited)
 1991 The Return of Eliot Ness (TV Movie)
Roger Finn
 1991 V.I. Warshawski
Lt. Mallory
 1990 Fatal Sky
Colonel Clancy
 1990 Dick Tracy
Chief Brandon
 1990 The Kennedys of Massachusetts (TV Mini-Series)
John 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald
- Episode #1.3 (1990) ... John 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald
- Episode #1.2 (1990) ... John 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... John 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald
 1989 It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (TV Movie)
Santa
 1989 Dinner at Eight (TV Movie)
Dan Packard
 1989 The Butter Battle Book (TV Short)
Grandfather (voice)
 1989 Cat Chaser
Jiggs Scully
 1989 Prime Target (TV Movie)
Earl Mulcahaney
 1989 Brenda Starr
Editor Francis I. Livright
 1989 Étoile
Zio Joshua
 1988 Unholy Matrimony (TV Movie)
Reverend Samuel Corey
 1988 Far North
Bertrum
 1988 Case Closed (TV Movie)
Les Kabowski
 1988 Cop
Dutch Peltz
 1987 The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (TV Movie)
Warden Hardy
 1987 I Would Be Called John: Pope John XXIII (TV Movie)
Pope John XXIII
 1987 A Tiger's Tale
Charlie Drumm
 1987 Happy New Year
Charlie
 1987 The Rosary Murders
Father Ted Nabors
 1986 Solarbabies
The Warden
 1986 Meatballs III: Summer Job
Pete, Heaven Doorman (uncredited)
 1985-1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Earl / Assistant to the Boss
- You Gotta Believe Me (1986) ... Earl
- Guilt Trip (1985) ... Assistant to the Boss
 1986 Tough Guys
Deke Yablonski
 1986 Where the River Runs Black
Father O'Reilly
 1986 Big Trouble
O'Mara
 1985 Tall Tales & Legends (TV Series)
Uncle Doffue
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1985) ... Uncle Doffue
 1985 Stand Alone
Louis Thibadeau
 1985 Death of a Salesman (TV Movie)
Charley
 1985 Comedy Factory (TV Series)
Harry Deegan
- Side by Side (1985) ... Harry Deegan
 1985 Stick
Chucky
 1985 Eye to Eye (TV Series)
Oscar
- Dick & Tracey (1985) ... Oscar
 1984 Mass Appeal
Monsignor Thomas Burke
 1984 P.O.P. (TV Movie)
P Oliver Pendergast
 1984 Good Evening, He Lied (TV Movie)
Nick
 1984 Mister Roberts (TV Movie)
The Captain
 1983 To Be or Not to Be
Col. Erhardt
 1983 Two of a Kind
Charlie
 1983 Scarface
Immigration Officer (voice, uncredited)
 1983 Hadley's Rebellion
Sam Crawford
 1982 Tootsie
Les
 1982 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Retired Man
- Working (1982) ... Retired Man
 1981 Sharky's Machine
Friscoe
 1981 Dark Night of the Scarecrow (TV Movie)
Otis P. Hazelrigg
 1981 True Confessions
Jack Amsterdam
 1981 Great Performances (TV Series)
McMahon (story 'The Monument')
- The Girls in Their Summer Dresses and Other Stories (1981) ... McMahon (story 'The Monument')
 1981 The Best Little Girl in the World (TV Movie)
Frank Powell
 1981 Casey Stengel (TV Movie)
Casey Stengel
 1981 Crisis at Central High (TV Movie)
Jess Matthews
 1980 A Perfect Match (TV Movie)
Bill Larson
 1980 The Final Countdown
Senator Samuel Chapman
 1980 Die Laughing
Arnold
 1980 Attica (TV Movie)
Commissioner Russell Oswald
 1979 When a Stranger Calls
John Clifford
 1979 Starting Over
Michael (Mickey) Potter
 1979 North Dallas Forty
Coach Johnson
 1979 The Muppet Movie
Doc Hopper
 1979 Tilt
Harold 'The Whale' Remmens
 1979 Studs Lonigan (TV Mini-Series)
Paddy Lonigan
- Episode #1.3 (1979) ... Paddy Lonigan
- Episode #1.2 (1979) ... Paddy Lonigan
- Episode #1.1 (1979) ... Paddy Lonigan
 1978 The Greek Tycoon
Michael Russell
 1978 An Enemy of the People
Peter Stockmann
 1978 The Fury
Dr. Jim McKeever
 1978 Special Olympics (TV Movie)
Carl Gallitzin
 1977 The Choirboys
Spermwhale Whalen
 1977 Visions (TV Series)
Cubby Doucette
- The Dancing Bear (1977) ... Cubby Doucette
 1977 Twilight's Last Gleaming
President David T. Stevens
 1976 Captains and the Kings (TV Mini-Series)
Ed Healey
- Chapter III (1976) ... Ed Healey
- Chapter II (1976) ... Ed Healey
- Chapter I (1976) ... Ed Healey
 1976 Harry and Walter Go to New York
Rufus T. Crisp
 1976 The Ashes of Mrs. Reasoner (TV Movie)
Arthur Fenton
 1975-1976 The Cop and the Kid (TV Series)
Officer Frank Murphy
- The Ballad of Joe (1976) ... Officer Frank Murphy
- Previous Engagement (1976) ... Officer Frank Murphy
- Daydream (1976) ... Officer Frank Murphy
- Danger: Men Working (1976) ... Officer Frank Murphy
- The Ides of Martha (1976) ... Officer Frank Murphy
 1975 Breakheart Pass
O'Brien
 1975 The Hindenburg
Captain Max Pruss
 1975 The Rivalry (TV Movie)
Sen. Stephen Douglas
 1975 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Havens
- Retire in Sunny Hawaii... Forever (1975) ... Havens
 1975 Baretta (TV Series)
Jake Hatch
- Set-Up City (1975) ... Jake Hatch
 1975 Dog Day Afternoon
Moretti
 1975 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Don Corcoran
- The Deadly Conspiracy: Part 2 (1975) ... Don Corcoran
 1975 Cannon (TV Series)
Don Corcoran
- The Deadly Conspiracy: Part 1 (1975) ... Don Corcoran
 1975 Switch (TV Series)
Lt. Phil Beckman
- Las Vegas Roundabout (1975) ... Lt. Phil Beckman
 1975 Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (TV Movie)
Al Green
 1975 The Trial of Chaplain Jensen (TV Movie)
Budd Rogers
 1974 The Front Page
Murphy
 1973 The Sting
Lt. Wm. Snyder
 1973 Rx for the Defense (TV Movie)
District Attorney Horn
 1973 All in the Family (TV Series)
Detective
- Gloria the Victim (1973) ... Detective
 1973 The Connection (TV Movie)
Frank Devlin
 1973 Deadhead Miles
Truck Driver in Cafe
 1972 Sisters
Joseph Larch
 1972 Madigan (TV Series)
Sid Balinger
- The Midtown Beat (1972) ... Sid Balinger
 1972 Look Homeward, Angel (TV Movie)
Will Pentland
 1972 Doomsday Voyage
Jason's First Mate
 1971 The Pursuit of Happiness
2nd Guard
 1970 Sticky My Fingers... Fleet My Feet (Short)
Football Player
 1970 I Walk the Line
Hunnicutt
 1970 Hi, Mom!
Superintendent (as Charles Durnham)
 1970 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Hewitt
- The Reluctant Deputy (1970) ... Hewitt
 1969 Stiletto
Cop (uncredited)
 1967-1968 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
Lawrence
- Naked in the Streets (1968) ... Lawrence
 1966 Hawk (TV Series)
Police Announcer
- Do Not Mutilate or Spindle (1966) ... Police Announcer
 1965 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
 1964 Another World (TV Series)
Police Chief Gil McGowan #1 (1972)
 1963 East Side/West Side (TV Series)
 1963 The Defenders (TV Series)
Juror #11
- Judgment Eve (1963) ... Juror #11
 1963 Armstrong Circle Theatre (TV Series)
Clarence Hollis
- The Counterfeit League (1963) ... Clarence Hollis
 1962 The Password Is Courage
American Soldier (uncredited)
 1953 You Are There (TV Series)
Col. John Jameson
- The Treason of Benedict Arnold (1953) ... Col. John Jameson
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Knock Knock (1976). Comedy. Written by Jules Feiffer. Directed by Marshall W. Mason [earliest Broadway credit]. Biltmore Theatre: 24 Feb 1976- 3 Jul 1976 (152 performances + 8 previews). Cast: Neil Flanagan (as "Abe"), Judd Hirsch (as "Wiseman/Messenger/Gambler/Judge/Joan's Voices"), Daniel Seltzer (as "Cohn"), Nancy Snyder (as... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Charles Durnham

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

I never turned down anything and never argued with any producer or director. See more »

Trivia:

His breakthrough role occurred on Broadway in 1972 starring in "That Championship Season" where he was noticed by director George Roy Hill who cast him in his acclaimed Oscar-winning movie The Sting (1973). See more »

Trademark:

Usually has played burly and tough but genial characters

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Star Sign:

Pisces

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