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Charles Durning Has Passed Away

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by AragornElessar, Dec 25, 2012.

  1. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

  2. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

  3. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Man, they're dropping like flies. :( R.I.P.
  4. danceronice

    danceronice Corgi Wrangler

    Funny, I just watched the NCIS episode in which he guest starred (as a Pacific-theater Marine veteran presented with the Medal of Honor), now he's really being buried in Arlington Cemetery (as he should be, as a decorated D-Day veteran and former POW.)
  5. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    He was a great American; and a great actor.
    I will miss him; as I continue to enjoy the body of work he left with us.
    What a wonderful legacy.

    The only time I heard him speak about his military experiences was during several PBS tribute specials.
    He talked about D-Day; and barely surviving the carnage around him, as his friends did not.
    As he spoke, tears streamed down his face.

    Here's the very special clip. He was introduced by Tom Hanks:

    From the New York Times:

    More from the Times:

    Thank you!
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2012
  6. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    danceronice, in the link I put in my first post and start of the thread, the family has released a statement saying they're in middle of planning a private funeral and burial for him at Arlington.

    As should be.

    I also thought of that NCIS Episode when I heard the news. So very bittersweet, but also a lovely tribute to all of our Vets and what they deal w/everyday w/their memories. I adore that one scene where he dances w/Kate in the Bullpen. Sigh...Lucky Sasha!!
  7. mrinalini

    mrinalini Well-Known Member

    Oh, no. :( I thought him a wonderful presence and loved him in Everybody Loves Raymond (as Father Hubley), Tootsie, and many other character roles in productions all of which I've liked. I liken him to Peter Boyle (who was the father on Raymond) in this respect, in that they were such good character actors as they kept popping up in such high quality work. I had also read of Mr. Durning's wartime history and that had only doubled my respect for him.

    RIP, Mr. Durning - you will be fondly remembered.
  8. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    He was always a highlight of those National Memorial Day Concerts. I hope they do a nice tribute to him at the next one.
  9. Buzz

    Buzz Well-Known Member

    Wonderful actor and one of the US most decorated soldiers. R.I.P.
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  10. Latte

    Latte Well-Known Member

    Oh heck. I just loved that old guy.
    I wil always remember him as the crooked Senator in The Best Little Whore House In Texas.
    He brought the house down with a song and dance number.
    Rest in Peace Hero.
  11. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

    I always liked him in the movies, but I had no idea about his background and military service. Very impressive man.
  12. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    15ish or so years ago I saw Charles Durning and Julie Harris on Broadway in a revival of The Gin Game. I never go to Broadway (just not my thing), but I was working in the same office as Doug Durning at the time, and he insisted I go see his old man in action. I'm so glad I did; it was a great night of theater. IIRC there was a brief moment of Durning and Harris dancing together. It was something Harris insisted on as apparently Durning was a great social dancer and Harris thought he should show it off.

    So, Doug, wherever you are now, condolences to you and your family.
  13. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    In his early life, he was a instructor for the "Arthur Murray" dance schools.
    He met his first wife there.

    It's why he was a "natural" for the great TV movie "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom", as well.
  14. Cyn

    Cyn Well-Known Member

    :( :fragile:

    RIP, Mr. Durning -- A wonderful actor, courageous soldier, and amazing American.

    That clip of his description of what he went through on D-Day had me in tears.

    I, too, immediately thought about that episode of NCIS as it is one of my favorites.

    I also loved his character in Tootsie, putting the moves on Dorothy Michaels/Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) :rofl: .
  15. emason

    emason Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info. I didn't know this.
  16. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    It's also why I said lucky Sasha who got a chance to dance in a scene w/Mr. Durning in that NCIS episode a few of us have mentioned. He really looked to be dancing on air he was so smooth and had such flow.

    I wonder how many takes it took simply because the both of them didn't want it to end? :)
  17. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    His early TV interviews, often with Merv Griffin, were illuminating.