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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 21, 1935 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, director, producer, playwright

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As one of Hollywood's true jack-of-all-trades, actor Charles Grodin amassed a résumé that boasted acting, screenwriting, producing, directing, and television hosting credits over the course of his decades-long career. After beginning his career on Broadway opposite Anthony Quinn, Grodin quickly segued into movies, landing memorable supporting roles in "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) and "Catch-22" (1970) before landing his breakout leading role in "The Heartbreak Kid" (1972). His career gradually slowed down throughout the remainder of the decade, though he had villainous supporting parts in "King Kong" (1976) and "Heaven Can Wait" (1978). By the time the 1980s rolled around, Grodin had grown comfortable as a supporting player with roles in hit comedies like "Seems Like Old Times" (1980), "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981) and "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" (1981). But he had his greatest success and most memorable performance as a timorous embezzler in the action comedy "Midnight Run" (1988) opposite Robert De Niro. After scoring another surprise hit with the family friendly "Beethoven" (1992), Grodin shifted gears to become the host of his own provocative, and sometimes controversial news hour, "The...

As one of Hollywood's true jack-of-all-trades, actor Charles Grodin amassed a résumé that boasted acting, screenwriting, producing, directing, and television hosting credits over the course of his decades-long career. After beginning his career on Broadway opposite Anthony Quinn, Grodin quickly segued into movies, landing memorable supporting roles in "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) and "Catch-22" (1970) before landing his breakout leading role in "The Heartbreak Kid" (1972). His career gradually slowed down throughout the remainder of the decade, though he had villainous supporting parts in "King Kong" (1976) and "Heaven Can Wait" (1978). By the time the 1980s rolled around, Grodin had grown comfortable as a supporting player with roles in hit comedies like "Seems Like Old Times" (1980), "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981) and "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" (1981). But he had his greatest success and most memorable performance as a timorous embezzler in the action comedy "Midnight Run" (1988) opposite Robert De Niro. After scoring another surprise hit with the family friendly "Beethoven" (1992), Grodin shifted gears to become the host of his own provocative, and sometimes controversial news hour, "The Charles Grodin Show" (CNBC, 1995-98), while also delivering political commentary for "60 Minutes II" (CBS, 1999-2005). Mixing both biting wit and comforting wisdom, Grodin's everyman persona earned him the reputation as being one of the country's most respected and trusted public figures.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Paradise (1974) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Humbling, The (2014)
2.
3.
 Ex, The (2007)
4.
 It Runs in the Family (1994) Old Man
5.
 Clifford (1994) Martin Daniels
6.
 Beethoven's 2nd (1993) George Newton
7.
 So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) Commandeered Car Driver
8.
 Heart and Souls (1993) Harrison Winslow
9.
 Dave (1993) Murray Blum
10.
 Beethoven (1992) George Newton
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1962:
First acting role was in the Broadway production of "Tchin-Tchin"
1964:
Feature acting debut in "Sex and the College Girl" (shot in Puerto Rico in 1964 as "The Fun Lovers"; released in Chicago in 1970 as "Sex and the College Girl")
1965:
Began working as assistant to director Gene Saks in New York
1966:
Co-wrote (lyrics and libretto) and directed first off-Broadway play, "Hooray! It's a Glorious Day...and All That"
1968:
Directed play, "Lovers and Other Strangers" on Broadway
1968:
Film debut, "Rosemary's Baby"
1974:
Produced first Broadway play, "Thieves" (also director)
1974:
Adapted "11 Harrowhouse" to film (also starred)
1975:
Starred on Broadway in "Same Time, Next Year"
1977:
Produced and directed off-Broadway production, "Unexpected Guests"
1977:
Co-writer of "The Paul Simon Special"
2004:
Cast in the play "The Right Kind of People," at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco; play is based on Grodin's experience sitting on the board of the New York co-op he lived in from 1986 to 1992
1980:
Played Goldie Hawn's husband in roles included Neil Simon's "Seems Like Old Times"
1983:
Directed Marlo Thomas TV special "Love, Sex and Marriage"
1985:
Debut as screenwriter and co-producer of film, "Movers and Shakers"
1988:
Played a bounty hunter opposite Robert De Niro in the well-reviewed comedy, "Midnight Run"
1990:
Wrote and starred in off-Broadway comedy, "Price of Fame"
1992:
Played the nervous family man in the kids' comedy "Beethoven"
1993:
Reprised his role in the sequel, "Beethoven's 2nd"
1995:
Hosted own talk show on CNBC cable network titled, "The Charles Grodin Show"
1998:
Moved to MSNBC as host of weekend talk show; show cancelled in November 1999
2000:
Joined CBS' "60 Minutes II" as a commentator
2004:
Wrote "The Right Kind of People," an off-Broadway play about Co-op boards in certain buildings in Manhattan
2007:
Returned to acting in the Zach Braff comedy "The Ex"
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Education

University of Miami: Miami , Florida -
Pittsburgh Playhouse: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -

Notes

Received the Actors' Fund Award of Merit (1975)

"I'm like that dog that bites your leg and doesn't let go," he says. "That doesn't mean that I'll be successful, but I'll never stop. My wife can tell you, I never run out of things to say."---Charles Grodin quoted to Los Angeles Times November 30, 2004.

"I'm like that dog that bites your leg and doesn't let go," he says. "That doesn't mean that I'll be successful, but I'll never stop. My wife can tell you, I never run out of things to say."---Charles Grodin quoted to Los Angeles Times November 30, 2004.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Julia Grodin. Divorced; died of brain cancer.
wife:
Elissa Grodin. Second wife.

Family close complete family listing

grandfather:
Charles Grodin. Rolled cigars at home.
father:
I Theodore Grodin. Store owner. Sold wholesale supplies to clearners, tailors and dressmakers; died c. 1953.
mother:
Lena Grodin. Assisted in husband's store; died March 1996.
brother:
Jack Grodin. Attorney, CPA. Six years older.
daughter:
Marion Grodin. Producer stand-up comic. Mother, Julia Grodin; produced father's CNBC talk show.
son:
Nicky Grodin. Born c. 1988; mother Elissa Grodin.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here" William Morrow
"How I Get Through Life"
"We're Ready for You, Mr. Grodin" Scribner

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