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Also Known As: Died: December 24, 2012
Born: February 28, 1923 Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Birth Place: Highland Falls, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Was working as an usher in a Buffalo, NY burlesque house when hired to replace a drunken "second banana" on stage
1944:
Served as Ranger in U.S. Army during WWII; landed in Normandy on D-Day
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Worked as half of a ballroom dancing act for 11 years
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Reportedly worked with Alvin Ailey Dance Company for three years
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Appeared somewhere between 40-50 plays in Brooklyn stock companies; also acted off-Broadway
1962:
Appeared in 35 plays as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival
1965:
Made screen acting debut in "Harvey Middleman, Fireman"
1970:
Acted in Brian De Palma's "Hi, Mom!" (credited as Charles Durnham)
1972:
Discovered by producer George Roy Hill in New York production of Jason Miller's "That Championship Season"; played Mayor George Sitkowski
1973:
Landed breakthrough feature supporting role in Hill's "The Sting" as corrupt policeman Lt. Snyder
1972:
Appeared on NBC soap "Another World"
1973:
Appeared opposite Julie Harris in Broadway production "The Au Pair Man"
1975:
Won plaudits for his turn in "Dog Day Afternoon"
1975:
Starred opposite Maureen Stapleton in the CBS TV-movie "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom"
1975:
First starring TV role, as Officer Frank Murphy on short-lived "The Cop and the Kid" (NBC); series resurfaced as "Diff'rent Strokes" without Durning
1982:
Received Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
1982:
Played a suitor to a cross-dressing Dustin Hoffman in "Tootsie"
1983:
Earned second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for the remake of "To Be or Not to Be"
1985:
Supported Hoffman in revival of "Death of a Salesman"; recreated role of Charley in CBS television adaptation
1990:
Played town doctor Harlan Elldridge on popular CBS ensemble sitcom "Evening Shade"
1990:
Received acclaim for his portrayal of Big Daddy in Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
1990:
Portrayed John 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald in ABC miniseries "The Kennedys of Massachusetts"
1993:
Starred in "Harlan & Merleen," an unsold pilot spun off from "Evening Shade"
1995:
Cast as Holly Hunter's father in "Home for the Holidays," directed by Jodie Foster
1997:
Returned to Broadway starring opposite Julie Harris in a revival of "The Gin Game"; later toured with Harris
1999:
Provided voice of recurring character Francis Griffin on Fox animated comedy "Family Guy"
2000:
Acted in New Jersey revival of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross"
2000:
Returned to Broadway, co-starring in a revival of "The Best Man"
2000:
Appeared in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
2002:
Co-starred on CBS midseason series "First Monday" as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice
2004:
Played Mike Gavin, the retired firefighter father of Denis Leary's character on FX drama "Rescue Me"; character died on season 4 finale; earned Emmy nomination in 2008 for Guest Actor in a Drama Series
2004:
Landed Emmy nominated guest role as a Marine veteran on CBS drama "NCIS"
2005:
Starred in teen comedy "Dirty Deeds" with Lacey Chabert
2006:
Co-starred with Burt Reynolds and Robert Loggia in "Forget About It"
2008:
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame next to the one of his idols, James Cagney

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