Was working as an usher in a Buffalo, NY burlesque house when hired to replace a drunken "second banana" on stage
Served as Ranger in U.S. Army during WWII; landed in Normandy on D-Day
Worked as half of a ballroom dancing act for 11 years
Reportedly worked with Alvin Ailey Dance Company for three years
Appeared somewhere between 40-50 plays in Brooklyn stock companies; also acted off-Broadway
Appeared in 35 plays as part of the New York Shakespeare Festival
Made screen acting debut in "Harvey Middleman, Fireman"
Acted in Brian De Palma's "Hi, Mom!" (credited as Charles Durnham)
Discovered by producer George Roy Hill in New York production of Jason Miller's "That Championship Season"; played Mayor George Sitkowski
Landed breakthrough feature supporting role in Hill's "The Sting" as corrupt policeman Lt. Snyder
Appeared on NBC soap "Another World"
Appeared opposite Julie Harris in Broadway production "The Au Pair Man"
Won plaudits for his turn in "Dog Day Afternoon"
Starred opposite Maureen Stapleton in the CBS TV-movie "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom"
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
Received Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"
Played a suitor to a cross-dressing Dustin Hoffman in "Tootsie"
Earned second Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for the remake of "To Be or Not to Be"
Supported Hoffman in revival of "Death of a Salesman"; recreated role of Charley in CBS television adaptation
Played town doctor Harlan Elldridge on popular CBS ensemble sitcom "Evening Shade"
Received acclaim for his portrayal of Big Daddy in Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
Portrayed John 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald in ABC miniseries "The Kennedys of Massachusetts"
Starred in "Harlan & Merleen," an unsold pilot spun off from "Evening Shade"
Cast as Holly Hunter's father in "Home for the Holidays," directed by Jodie Foster
Returned to Broadway starring opposite Julie Harris in a revival of "The Gin Game"; later toured with Harris
Provided voice of recurring character Francis Griffin on Fox animated comedy "Family Guy"
Acted in New Jersey revival of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross"
Returned to Broadway, co-starring in a revival of "The Best Man"
Appeared in "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
Co-starred on CBS midseason series "First Monday" as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice
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
Landed Emmy nominated guest role as a Marine veteran on CBS drama "NCIS"
Starred in teen comedy "Dirty Deeds" with Lacey Chabert
Co-starred with Burt Reynolds and Robert Loggia in "Forget About It"
Received star on Hollywood Walk of Fame next to the one of his idols, James Cagney