Charles Durning


Actor
Charles Durning

About

Also Known As
Charles Durnham
Birth Place
Highland Falls, New York, USA
Born
February 28, 1923
Died
December 24, 2012
Cause of Death
Natural Causes

Biography

A veteran character actor who was a widely recognizable face in film and on television for over five decades, Charles Durning earned his place as a dependable presence often playing pugnacious tough guys and authority figures. After working as a nightclub dancer and instructor, the WWII veteran broke into acting in the 1960s on the New York stage, which lead to him being discovered by di...

Photos & Videos

The Hindenburg - Movie Poster
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas - Scene Stills

Family & Companions

Carol Durning
Wife
Divorced; mother of Durning's three children.
Mary Anne Amelio
Wife
Married in 1974; had two children from previous marriage.

Notes

Awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star for valor in WWII after being wounded in action three times.

Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1999.

Biography

A veteran character actor who was a widely recognizable face in film and on television for over five decades, Charles Durning earned his place as a dependable presence often playing pugnacious tough guys and authority figures. After working as a nightclub dancer and instructor, the WWII veteran broke into acting in the 1960s on the New York stage, which lead to him being discovered by director George Roy Hill and cast as a corrupt cop who harasses Robert Redford in "The Sting" (1973). Two years later, he earned considerable praise for playing a Brooklyn cop who negotiates with Al Pacino's bank robber in the classic crime thriller "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975). From there, he stole scenes in "North Dallas Forty" (1979) and "The Muppet Movie" (1979), while in the following decade he earned Oscar nominations as Best Supporting Actor for "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982) and "To Be or Not to Be" (1983). After wooing a cross-dressing Dustin Hoffman in the hit comedy "Tootsie" (1982), Durning was a regular on the popular sitcom "Evening Shade" (CBS, 1990-94), while landing notable supporting turns in films like "The Hudsucker Proxy" (1994). Always busy well into his senior years, Durning delivered one quality performance after another and was especially good as Denis Leary's womanizing father on "Rescue Me" (FX, 2004-2011). Though never an above the title name, Durning's durable presence in all genres of television and film made him a one-of-a-kind performer beloved by all.

Born Feb. 28, 1923 in Highland Falls, NY, Durning was reared solely by his mother Louise after his father, John, died when he was very young, leaving Louise to support her and her son by working as a laundress at the nearby West Point military academy. As a teen, Durning displayed the tenacious nature that would later earmark many of his film and television roles by working as an usher at a burlesque theater in Buffalo, NY. He even took to the stage there after a comic was relieved of his job for drunkenness. He also did time as a professional boxer, construction worker, elevator operator, cab driver, nightclub singer and ballroom dancer before making his stage debut in Buffalo. Unfortunately, like many men just starting out their lives at the time, world events proceeded to get in the way. When America entered World War II, Durning was drafted into the Army as a rifleman and was present at the invasion of Normandy on D-Day in 1944. The event was by all accounts a horrific one for him: among the first wave to land on Omaha Beach on June 6, he suffered machine gun wounds to his right leg and shrapnel injuries over his entire body. He also received eight stab wounds from a German soldier, whom he killed with a rock in hand-to-hand combat. As the lone survivor in his unit, Durning was immediately shipped to England to recover, and returned to the frontlines for the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944. He was once again wounded and taken prisoner by Axis forces, and was one of only a handful of POWs to survive the brutal massacre at Malmedy, in which German forces machine-gunned an engineering battalion that had been caught behind enemy lines after the American retreat and who were surrendering at the time.

Durning was shipped back to the United States and received treatment for his injuries as well as psychological trauma from his involvement in these two bloody ordeals; eventually being discharged in 1946 with three Purple Hearts and the Silver Star. Durning would later be a regular figure at events honoring World War II vets, but did not speak about his experiences until his "Evening Shade" co-star, Ossie Davis, suggested that he appear at the annual National Memorial Day Concert on the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 2004. In interviews, Durning revealed that he still struggled with the lingering physical and mental effects of his experiences. In 2004, his story was incorporated into an episode of "NCIS" (CBS, 2003- ) in which he guest-starred as a veteran who turns himself into the authorities for the accidental murder of a fellow GI at Iwo Jima.

After the war, Durning returned to his entertainment career. Despite injuries to both legs, he found regular employment as a nightclub and ballroom dancer, as well as an instructor at Fred Astaire Studios. With the help of the recent GI Bill, he also enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and began landing stage roles in regional and touring productions. By the early 1960s, he was an in-demand performer on the New York stage, with 35 performances for Joseph Papp's Shakespeare Festival and turns in Broadways comedies and musicals. His first on-camera parts came during this period as well. He made his TV debut in 1963 in an episode of the acclaimed drama "East Side/West Side" (CBS, 1963-65), his first film appearance came two years later in the experimental comedy "Harvey Middleman, Fireman" (1965). For the next few years, Durning alternated between stage productions, television guest shots and TV movies, most notably the Emmy-nominated "Look Homeward, Angel" (1972). He also had supporting turns in features, including two appearances in early films by Brian De Palma: 1970's "Hi Mom!" for which he was billed as Charles Dunham, and 1973's "Sisters." During this period, Durning divorced his first wife, Carol, and married Mary Ann Amelio - reportedly, his childhood sweetheart - in 1973.

His profile on stage and in film was elevated considerably by his turn in the 1972 Broadway run of Jason Miller's "That Championship Season." Director George Roy Hill saw the show and tapped Durning to play a corrupt police lieutenant in "The Sting" (1973). That film's box office success assured Durning of regular work in features, and for much of the 1970s, he essayed pugnacious types with police and military backgrounds - most notably as the hostage negotiator who must deal with Al Pacino's bank robber in "Dog Day Afternoon" (1973), which earned him a National Board of Review award and a Golden Globe nomination, and an American president held hostage by rogue military men in Robert Aldrich's "Twilight's Last Gleaming" (1978). There were lighter roles during this period as well; Durning's gleefully malevolent turn as Doc Hopper, owner of a chain of frog's legs restaurants, was one of the highlights of "The Muppet Movie" (1979). He also lent his considerable comic talents to films like "The Choirboys" (1977), "North Dallas Forty" (1979), and "Starting Over" (1979) - his first of numerous collaborations with Burt Reynolds. Durning could also be vulnerable and enormously sympathetic, as his Emmy-nominated role as a lonely postman who finds romance with a widow (Maureen Stapleton) in "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom" (1975) could attest.

"Queen" marked a long period of accolades for Durning in the late 1970s and 1980s. He also received nominations for his supporting performances in the miniseries "Captain and the Kings" (1977), "Attica" (1980), and "Death of a Salesman" (1985), in which he starred as Willy Loman's neighbor Charley. He also earned two Oscar nods for a pair of full-bodied performances; the first, as the governor in the otherwise glum film version of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1982) and the other as a lustful Nazi officer in the Mel Brooks remake of "To Be or Not To Be" (1983). One role that should have brought him an Academy Award nomination was as Jessica Lange's father, who falls for Dustin Hoffman's female alter ego in "Tootsie" (1983). His response once he learns that Dorothy is, indeed, a man after putting his heart on the line was one of the most touching scenes in the film. But there were few, if any pictures in which Durning did not give a solid and entertaining performance. Indeed, his presence could be counted on to lend credence to even the most forgettable projects like 1985's "Stick," the failed John Cassavetes comedy "Big Trouble" (1986) and "Brenda Starr" (1989).

Durning had reached his mid-sixties by the 1990s, but his productivity continued at the same breathless pace. He won Tony and Drama Desk Awards as Big Daddy in an acclaimed production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway in 1990, and continued to appear in notable theater productions throughout the decade. These included the 1997 revival of "The Gin Game" (opposite Julie Harris), which brought him the Drama League Distinguished Performance Award, and a 1996 revival of "Inherit the Wind" with George C. Scott. He also remained remarkably busy at the movies; he was Chief Brandon in Warren Beatty's colorful epic "Dick Tracy" (1990), the president of Hudsucker Industries, whose cartoonish suicide sets the screwball plot of "The Hudsucker Proxy" (1994) in motion; and Holly Hunter's big-hearted father in "Home for the Holidays" (1995).

Even with his big screen successes, his television output was even more expansive. He earned a 1990 Golden Globe as Joseph Kennedy, patriarch of the political clan in "The Kennedys of Massachusetts," and was a series regular or recurring character on no less than four shows during the decade, including "Cybill" (CBS, 1995-98), as Cybill Shepherd's father; the short-lived "Orleans" (CBS, 1997), "Everybody Loves Raymond," as the Barone's long-suffering parish priest; and most notably "Evening Shade," for which he earned two Emmy nominations as slow-witted town doctor Harlan Elleridge. The character was so well-liked that a pilot for a spin-off series, "Harlan and Merleen," was shot by "Evening Shade" star Burt Reynolds in 1993. Durning also picked up Emmy nominations for a 1998 guest appearance on "Homicide: Life on the Street" (NBC, 1993-99), and enjoyed a side career as Santa Claus in no less than five TV movies, including the Emmy-winning musical "Mrs. Santa Claus" (1996), with Angela Landsbury in the title role.

The new millennium saw almost no slowdown in Durning's career, despite his advancing age. He remained active on stage in productions of Broadway's "The Best Man," as well as "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Sweet Bird of Youth." During this time, he won the 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Wendy Wasserstein's "Third at Lincoln Center" and also recounted his stage career in the documentary, "Broadway: The Golden Age" (2004). Notable film appearances during this time included the unctuous Southern governor Pappy O'Daniel in the Coen Brothers' "O Brother Where Art Thou?" (2000) - in which he did a memorably jolly jig in the film's final concert scene - and David Mamet's comedy "State and Main" (2000), which brought him and the rest of its stellar cast a National Board of Review Award in 2001. Television remained a constant as well, with Emmy nods coming for the aforementioned episode of "NCIS" in 2005, and regular appearances on "Family Guy" (Fox, 1999-2002, 2005- ) as Peter Griffin's hard-boiled adoptive dad, and "Rescue Me," as Denis Leary's ex-firefighter dad.

In 2007, Durning was recognized as a "Legend" by the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and in 2008, the 84-year-old actor was awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Screen Actors Guild. Upon receiving a thunderous standing ovation from the star-filled audience, Durning approached the podium, and with the same mix of twinkling charm and streetwise bravado he brought to all his roles, quipped, "Is that it?" Always busy, Durning continued performing well into his eighties, maintaining a steady presence as Leary's cantankerous father on "Rescue Me" right up until the show ending its run in 2011, while landing supporting turns in offbeat films like the British-made comedy "A Bunch of Amateurs" (2009) and the critically derided black comedy "Unbeatable Harold" (2009). But even a performer as prolific as Durning eventually slowed down, which he did in the following decade. Then on Dec. 24, 2012, he died in his Manhattan home of unknown causes at 89 years, the same day Hollywood lost another icon, veteran television actor Jack Klugman.

By Paul Gaita

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

An Affirmative Act (2012)
The Life Zone (2012)
IMurders (2009)
Unbeatable Harold (2009)
The Golden Boys (2009)
A Bunch of Amateurs (2008)
Forget About It (2008)
Deal (2008)
Good Dick (2008)
Kinky Killers (2007)
Room and Board (2007)
Local Color (2007)
Audie and the Wolf (2007)
Arthur Hailey's Detective (2006)
Stephen King's Desperation (2006)
L.A. Riot Spectacular (2005)
Dirty Deeds (2005)
A Very Married Christmas (2004)
Ozzie
One Last Ride (2004)
Orlick
Death & Texas (2004)
Marshall Ledger
Broadway: The Golden Age (2004)
Himself
Bleacher Bums (2002)
Scorekeeper
Mother Ghost (2002)
Mr. Saint Nick (2002)
A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes (2001)
Himself
The Last Producer (2001)
State and Main (2000)
Lakeboat (2000)
Very Mean Men (2000)
Paddy Mulroney
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Jerry & Tom (1999)
Vic
Hostage Hotel (1999)
The Premonition (1999)
A Chance of Snow (1998)
Earl Palmer
Hard Time (1998)
Hi-Life (1998)
Fatty
The Secret Life of Algernon (1997)
Shelter (1997)
Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman (1996)
Interviewee
Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists (1996)
Voice
One Fine Day (1996)
Spy Hard (1996)
Mrs. Santa Claus (1996)
Recon (1996)
Home for the Holidays (1995)
The Last Supper (1995)
Guest--The Reverend Hutchens
The Grass Harp (1995)
Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving (1995)
Voice
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
I.Q. (1994)
Louis Bamberger
Roommates (1994)
The Music of Chance (1993)
When A Stranger Calls Back (1993)
The Water Engine (1992)
The Story Lady (1991)
Dreamers (1991)
Ozzie
V.I. Warshawski (1991)
The Return of Eliot Ness (1991)
Dick Tracy (1990)
Prime Target (1989)
Brenda Starr (1989)
Dinner At Eight (1989)
Cat Chaser (1989)
Etoile (1989)
Case Closed (1988)
Unholy Matrimony (1988)
Samuel Corey
Far North (1988)
Cop (1988)
The Rosary Murders (1987)
Father Nabors
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987)
Happy New Year (1987)
A Tiger's Tale (1987)
Tough Guys (1986)
Solarbabies (1986)
Where The River Runs Black (1986)
Big Trouble (1985)
Death of a Salesman (1985)
Stand Alone (1985)
Louis Thibadeau
Stick (1985)
Chucky Gorman
The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)
Mass Appeal (1984)
Monsignor Burke
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
Two of a Kind (1983)
Deadhead Miles (1982)
Truck driver in café
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982)
Tootsie (1982)
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
True Confessions (1981)
The Best Little Girl in the World (1981)
Sharky's Machine (1981)
Crisis at Central High (1981)
Jess Matthews
A Perfect Match (1980)
The Final Countdown (1980)
Attica (1980)
Russell Oswald
Die Laughing (1980)
Arnold
Tilt (1979)
The Muppet Movie (1979)
When a Stranger Calls (1979)
John Clifford
Starting Over (1979)
North Dallas Forty (1979)
The Fury (1978)
Dr Mckeever
The Greek Tycoon (1978)
An Enemy Of The People (1978)
Peter Stockmann
Special Olympics (1978)
The Choirboys (1977)
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
Harry And Walter Go To New York (1976)
The Rivalry (1975)
Stephen Douglas
Breakheart Pass (1975)
Frank O'Brien
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975)
Al Green
The Trial of Chaplain Jensen (1975)
Budd Rogers
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
The Hindenburg (1975)
Switch (1975)
Phil Beckman
The Front Page (1974)
The Connection (1973)
The Sting (1973)
Lieutenant Snyder
Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1972)
[Lt. Edward] Murphy
Doomsday Voyage (1972)
Robson
Sisters (1972)
Joseph Larch
The Pursuit of Happiness (1971)
Second guard
I Walk the Line (1970)
Hunnicutt
Harvey Middleman, Fireman (1965)
Dooley

Music (Feature Film)

Mrs. Santa Claus (1996)
Song Performer
The Grass Harp (1995)
Song Performer
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Song Performer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Broadway: The Golden Age (2004)
Other
A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes (2001)
Other

Cast (Special)

American Veteran Awards (2002)
Performer
Jessica Lange: On Her Own Terms (2001)
Interviewee
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (2001)
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (2000)
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (1999)
Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony (1999)
Voice
Chicken Soup For the Soul (1998)
Burt Reynolds (1998)
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (1998)
America in the Forties (1998)
The American Film Institute Salute to Robert Wise (1998)
Performer
Intimate Portrait: Jessica Lange (1998)
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (1997)
Elmo Saves Christmas (1996)
Santa Claus
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (1996)
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (1994)
Leslie's Folly (1994)
Normandy: The Great Crusade (1994)
Narration
The American Revolution (1994)
Voice Of Benjamin Franklin
Texan (1994)
Harlan & Merleen (1993)
Tales From Hollywood (1992)
49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992)
Performer
Jessica Lange: It's Only Make-Believe (1991)
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards (1991)
Performer
I Would Be Called John: Pope John XXIII (1987)
Angelo Roncalli--Pope John Xxiii
The Stuntman Awards (1986)
Guest
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1986)
Doffue
The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder (1986)
Performer
The 40th Annual Tony Awards (1986)
Performer
The Night of 100 Stars II (1985)
Mr. Roberts (1984)
The Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration (1984)
Side By Side (1984)
Harry Deegan
P.O.P. (1984)
The Best Little Special in Texas (1982)
Working (1982)
Rx for the Defense (1973)

Music (Special)

Side By Side (1984)
Theme Song Performer ("Side By Side")
P.O.P. (1984)
Theme Song Performer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

A Boyfriend for Christmas (2004)
Steve Martini's The Judge (2001)
Justice (1999)
A Woman of Independent Means (1995)
Papa Alcott
The Kennedys of Massachusetts (1990)
Dr. Seuss' Butter Battle Book (1989)
Narrator
Dr. Seuss' Butter Battle Book (1989)
Voice
It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (1989)
Casey Stengel (1981)
Casey Stengel
Studs Lonigan (1979)
Paddy Lonigan
Captains and the Kings Part 5 & 6 (1976)
Captains and the Kings (1976)

Life Events

1944

Served as Ranger in U.S. Army during WWII; landed in Normandy on D-Day

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

Appeared on NBC soap "Another World"

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

1973

Appeared opposite Julie Harris in Broadway production "The Au Pair Man"

1975

Starred opposite Maureen Stapleton in the CBS TV-movie "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom"

1975

Won plaudits for his turn in "Dog Day Afternoon"

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

Received acclaim for his portrayal of Big Daddy in Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

1990

Played town doctor Harlan Elldridge on popular CBS ensemble sitcom "Evening Shade"

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

Landed Emmy nominated guest role as a Marine veteran on CBS drama "NCIS"

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

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

Photo Collections

The Hindenburg - Movie Poster
The Hindenburg - Movie Poster
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas - Scene Stills
Here are a few Scene Stills from The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (1982), starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton.

Videos

Movie Clip

Sisters (1973) - The Body Is In The Couch! Freelance reporter Grace (Jennifer Salt) watches her novice private eye Larkin (Charles Durning) searching the apartment where she thinks neighbor Danielle (Margot Kidder) killed her lover, when she turns up, but he escapes and shares his (correct!) new theory, in Brian De Palma’s Sisters, 1973.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) - It's For You Having bungled trying to burn the traveler's check register, bank robber Sonny (Al Pacino) and partner Sal (John Cazale) learn from the manager (Sully Boyar) that cop Moretti (Charles Durning) is on the phone, in Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon, 1975.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) - That's Not A Country Ex-con Sonny (Al Pacino) calculating options with hostages (Penny Allen, Sully Boyar) in the Brooklyn bank, consults with his dim-witted fellow ex-con partner Sal (John Cazale), Charles Durning as the city cop Moretti, Sidney Lumet directing from Frank Pierson’s fact-based screenplay, in Dog Day Afternoon, 1975.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) - Attica! Bank robber Sonny (Al Pacino), now holding hostages, rallies the Brooklyn crowd, citing the infamous 1971 prison riot, after an obscene in-person confrontation with cop Moretti (Charles Durning), a famous scene from Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon, 1975.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) - They're Bringing In Your Wife Something of a spoiler, as writer Frank Pierson delivers one of the noted plot curve-balls of the decade in his fact-based screenplay, as cop Moretti (Charles Durning) tells hostage-holding bank robber Sonny (Al Pacino) that his wife has arrived, not expecting Chris Sarandon as Leon, in Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon, 1975.
Death Of A Salesman (1985) - If I'd Have Gone With Him To Alaska Not leveling with neighbor Charley (Charles Durning) about his job troubles, Dustin Hoffman as title character Willy Loman, losing himself in memories of his brother Ben (Louis Zorich), whom he presents to his wife and sons, (Kate Reid, John Malkovich, Stephen Lang), in the TV movie of Arthur Miller’s Death Of A Salesman, 1985.
Sisters (1973) - I Got Rid Of Him Before Philip and Danielle (Lisle Wilson, Margot Kidder), who met that night on a game show, have adjourned to her Staten Island apartment, where he notices her ex-husband, who intruded earlier, is standing watch outside, before the real weirdness, in Brian De Palma’s Sisters, 1973.
Enemy Of The People, An (1978) - Something You're Keeping From Me? Some exposition but more about the relationship between Steve McQueen, as Dr. Stockmann, and Charles Durning as his brother the mayor, moving toward their dispute over the lucrative hot spring resort in their 19th century Norwegian town, in An Enemy Of The People, 1978, from the Henrik Ibsen play.
Enemy Of The People, An (1978) - We Don't Like Troublemakers Dr. Stockmann (Steve McQueen), with wife (Bibi Andersson) and kids, finds that the town assembly, where he plans to prove the local spa is unsafe, is being hijacked by his brother, the mayor (Charles Durning) and organizer Aslaksen (Richard Dysart), in An Enemy Of The People, 1978.
I Walk the Line - Federal Man Sheriff Tawes (Gregory Peck) is taciturn and Deputy Hunnicutt (Charles Durning) is eager as federal agent Bascomb (Lonny Chapman) explains himself in I Walk the Line, 1970.

Trailer

Family

Michelle Durning
Daughter
Actor. Mother, Carol Durning.
Douglas Durning
Son
Mother, Carol Durning.
Jeanine Durning
Daughter
Mother, Carol Durning.

Companions

Carol Durning
Wife
Divorced; mother of Durning's three children.
Mary Anne Amelio
Wife
Married in 1974; had two children from previous marriage.

Bibliography

Notes

Awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star for valor in WWII after being wounded in action three times.

Inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1999.