Ex-pro boxer, 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 Der Clou (1973). Durning was equally entertaining in the Billy Wilder production of Extrablatt (1974), he supported screen tough guy Charles Bronson in the suspenseful western Nevada Pass (1975) and featured as “Spermwhale Whalen” in the story of unorthodox police behavior in Die Chorknaben (1977).
The versatile Durning is equally adept at comedic roles and… read more
I think that Charles Durning was the greatest character actor of them all. He had such depth and so much wit. If he had been conventionally handsome he would have been a star. He was a star in his own way, though. He was always the high point of any film. Other actors had to be on their toes to play scenes with him. I wish he had had the chance to play leads.