Death of Charles Durning

February 28, 1923 - December 24, 2012
New York, New York | Age 89

Durning, king of character actors, dies in NYC
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BOB THOMAS, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charles Durning grew up in poverty, lost five of his nine siblings to disease, barely lived through D-Day and was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge.

His hard life and wartime trauma provided the basis for a prolific 50-year career as a consummate Oscar-nominated character actor, playing everyone from a Nazi colonel to the pope to Dustin Hoffman's would-be suitor in "Tootsie."

Durning, who died Monday at age 89 in New...

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