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Charles Durning

1923-02-28 Highland Falls, New York, USA

Image of Charles Durning


WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor are all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning is one of Hollywood's most dependable and sought after supporting actors who first got his start in guest appearances in early 1960's TV shows. He scored minor roles over the next decade until he really got noticed by film fans as the sneering, corrupt cop "Lt. Snyder" hassling street grifter 'Robert Redford' in the multi award winning mega-hit The Sting (1973). Durning was equally entertaining in the Billy Wilder production of The Front Page (1974), he supported screen tough guy Charles Bronson in the suspenseful western Breakheart Pass (1975) and featured as "Spermwhale Whalen" in the story of unorthodox police behavior in The Choirboys (1977). The versatile Durning is equally adept at comedic roles and demonstrated his skills as "Doc Hopper" in The Muppet Movie (1979), a feisty football coach in North Dallas Forty (1979), a highly strung police officer berating maverick cop Burt Reynolds in Sharky's Machine (1981), and a light footed, dancing Governor (alongside Burt Reynolds once more) in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982). Durning continued a regular on screen association with Burt Reynolds appearing in several more feature films together and as "Dr. Harlan Elldridge" in the highly popular TV series Evening Shade (1990). On par with his multitude of feature film roles, Durning has always been in high demand on television and has guest starred in Everybody Loves Raymond (1996), Monk (2002) and Rescue Me (2004). Plus, he has appeared in the role of "Santa Claus" in five different television movies.


Scavenger Killers Dylan Frier 2013-06-01
Bleeding Hearts Santa Claus 2013-06-01
Rogue Assassin 2012-01-01
Naked Run Congressman Davenport 2011-05-05
The Life Zone James Wise 2011-06-10
The Great Fight Judge Frier 2011-01-01
The Waiter Frank 'The Handler' Maro 2010-03-14
An Affirmative Act Man in the White Suit 2010-06-04
Good Dick Charlie 2008-10-03
A Bunch of Amateurs Charlie Rosenberg 2008-11-17
Deal Charlie Adler 2008-01-29
The Golden Boys John Bartlett 2008-12-11
iMurders Dr. Seamus St. Martin 2008-08-09
Kinky Killers Alexander Hathaway 2007-06-01
Forget About It Eddie O'Brien 2006-10-14
Unbeatable Harold Harold's Father 2006-01-01
Descansos Inkeeper #2 2006-01-05
Desperation Tom Billingsley 2006-05-23
The Making of Dog Day Afternoon 2006-02-28
Miracle Dogs Too Captain Pete Weaver 2006-04-01
Local Color Yammi 2006-09-19
Jesus, Mary and Joey Teddy 2006-01-01
The L.A. Riot Spectacular The Lawyer 2005-04-25
Dirty Deeds Victor Rasdale 2005-08-26
Death and Texas Marshall Ledger 2004-03-12
Sisters, l'autopsie 2004-12-31
A Boyfriend for Christmas Santa Claus 2004-11-27
Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There Himself 2003-01-01
Turn of Faith Philly Russo 2002-06-05
Mother Ghost George 2002-08-08
Mr. St. Nick Nicholas XX 2002-10-17
The Judge 2001-05-06
L.A.P.D.: To Protect And To Serve Stuart Steele 2001-10-09
The Last Producer Syd Wolf 2000-08-22
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Menelaus "Pappy" O'Daniel 2000-08-30
Never Look Back 2000-03-31
Lakeboat Skippy 2000-04-13
Very Mean Men Paddy Mulroney 2000-06-10
State and Main Mayor George Bailey 2000-08-26
Justice Moe Ryan 1999-01-14
Hard Time: The Premonition Det. Charlie Duffy 1999-02-27
Hard Time: Hostage Hotel Det. Charlie Duffy 1999-11-14
Hard Time Det. Charlie Duffy 1998-12-12
Hi-Life Fatty 1998-11-27
A Chance of Snow Earl Pulmer 1998-12-07
Shelter Capt. Robert Landis 1998-01-16
Jerry and Tom Vic 1998-12-04
The Secret Life of Algernon Norbie Hess 1997-11-15
Sesame Street: Elmo Saves Christmas Santa Claus 1997-09-03
Spy Hard The Director 1996-05-24
Mrs. Santa Claus Santa Claus 1996-12-08
One Fine Day Lew 1996-12-20
Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman Himself 1996-11-25
The Grass Harp Reverend Buster 1995-09-10
Home for the Holidays Henry Larson 1995-11-02
A Woman of Independent Means Andrew Alcott 1995-02-19
The Last Supper Reverend Gerald Hutchens 1995-09-08
Roomates Barney 1994-05-30
Charlie Sheen's Stunts Spectacular Himself - (archive footage) 1994-06-30
I.Q. Louis Bamberger 1994-12-24
The Hudsucker Proxy Waring Hudsucker 1994-03-11
The World of Jim Henson Doc Hopper (archive footage) 1994-11-23
When a Stranger Calls Back John Clifford 1993-04-04
The Music of Chance Bill Flower 1993-06-23
Tales from Hollywood 1992-10-18
The Water Engine Tour Guide 1992-08-24
V.I. Warshawski Det. Lt. Bobby Mallory 1991-07-26
Dick Tracy Chief Brandon 1990-04-05
Brenda Starr Editor Francis I. Livright 1989-05-15
Étoile Uncle Joshua 1989-03-17
It Nearly Wasn't Christmas Santa 1989-12-01
Cat Chaser Jiggs Scully 1989-12-08
The Butter Battle Book Grandfather (voice) 1989-11-13
Prime Target Earl Mulcahaney 1989-09-29
Dinner at Eight Dan Packard 1989-12-11
Unholy Matrimony Reverend Samuel Corey 1988-10-03
Far North Bertrum 1988-11-09
Cop Dutch Peltz 1988-01-01
Case Closed 1988-04-19
Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues Senator Henry Colton 1987-11-22
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains Warden Hardy 1987-10-31
The Rosary Murders Father Ted Nabors 1987-08-28
Happy New Year Charlie 1987-08-07
A Tiger's Tale Charlie Drumm 1987-08-22
Solarbabies The Warden 1986-11-26
Big Trouble O'Mara 1986-05-30
Where the River Runs Black Father O'Reilly 1986-09-19
Tough Guys Deke Yablonski 1986-10-03
Stand Alone Louis Thibadeau 1985-09-01
Death of a Salesman Charley 1985-08-16
Stick Chucky 1985-04-26
The Man with One Red Shoe Ross 1985-07-18
Tall Tales and Legends: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Uncle Doffue 1985-09-25
Mister Roberts The Captain 1984-03-18
Mass Appeal Monsignor Thomas Burke 1984-12-14
To Be or Not to Be Col. Erhardt 1983-12-16
Scarface Immigration Officer (voice) (uncredited) 1983-12-08
Hadley's Rebellion Sam Crawford 1983-09-30
Two of a Kind Charlie 1983-01-01
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Governor 1982-07-23
Working Retired Man 1982-04-13
Tootsie Les Nichols 1982-06-10
Sharky's Machine Lt. Friscoe 1981-12-18
The Best Little Girl in the World Frank Powell 1981-05-11
Dark Night of the Scarecrow Otis P. Hazelrigg 1981-10-24
Crisis at Central High Jess Matthews 1981-02-04
True Confessions Jack Amsterdam 1981-09-25
Attica Commisioner Russel Oswald 1980-03-01
Die Laughing 1980-04-01
A Perfect Match Bill Larson 1980-10-05
The Final Countdown Senator Samuel Chapman 1980-01-31
Tilt Harold 'The Whale' Remmens 1979-04-01
North Dallas Forty Coach Johnson 1979-08-03
Starting Over Michael "Mickey" Potter 1979-10-05
The Muppet Movie Doc Hopper 1979-05-31
When a Stranger Calls John Clifford 1979-10-26
An Enemy of the People Peter Stockmann 1978-03-17
The Fury Dr. Jim McKeever 1978-03-10
Special Olympics Carl Gallitzin 1978-02-22
Twilight's Last Gleaming President David T. Stevens 1977-02-09
The Choirboys Spermwhale Whalen 1977-12-23
Harry and Walter Go to New York Rufus T. Crisp 1976-06-17
The Trial of Chaplain Jensen Budd Rogers 1975-02-11
The Hindenburg Captain Pruss 1975-12-25
Dog Day Afternoon Det. Sgt. Eugene Moretti 1975-09-21
Breakheart Pass O'Brien 1975-12-25
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom Al Green 1975-02-13
The Front Page Murphy 1974-12-01
The Connection Frank Devlin 1973-02-27
The Sting Lt. Wm. Snyder 1973-12-25
Sisters Joseph Larch 1973-03-26
Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues Murphy 1972-02-25
Doomsday Voyage Jason's First Mate 1972-02-01
Deadhead Miles Truck Driver in Cafe 1972-08-08
The Pursuit of Happiness 2nd Guard 1971-02-23
Sticky My Fingers... Fleet My Feet Football Player 1970-01-01
I Walk the Line Hunnicutt 1970-11-18
Hi, Mom! Superintendent 1970-04-27
The Password Is Courage 1962-06-01
LA DA Story Himself (archive footage)