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A familiar face on the big and small screens, prolific character actor Charles Durning was born Feb. 28, 1923, in Highland Falls, N.Y. After serving heroically in World War II -- earning three purple hearts and a silver star -- he held assorted jobs before he turned to acting in the early 1960s.

For more than 10 years, Durning appeared in minor film roles until hitting pay dirt as a corrupt cop in the box-office blockbuster The Sting (1973), which opened the door to a steady stream of work for decades. Durning's sizable movie résumé also includes notable turns in Dog Day Afternoon (1975), North Dallas Forty (1979), Tootsie (1982) and Home for the Holidays (1995).

On television, Durning was a recurring guest on "Evening Shade" (1990-94) and "Rescue Me" (2004-11), and appeared in a 2004 episode of "NCIS" that integrated the lasting effects of his war experience. Nominated for two Oscars and nine Emmys during his career, Durning died Dec. 24, 2012.

Charles Durning in O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

2000 PG-13

With their collective eye focused on retrieving a cache of hidden money, three convicts break out of jail in Depression-era Mississippi and embark on an epic journey that bears more than a few similarities to Homer's Odyssey.

  • Charles Durning in The Sting The Sting
  • Charles Durning in The Grass Harp The Grass Harp
  • Charles Durning in Tootsie Tootsie
  • Charles Durning in I.Q. I.Q.
  • Charles Durning in The Final Countdown The Final Countdown
  • Charles Durning in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
  • Charles Durning in Dog Day Afternoon Dog Day Afternoon
  • Charles Durning in Amazing Racer Amazing Racer
  • Charles Durning in True Confessions True Confessions
  • Charles Durning in Dick Tracy Dick Tracy
  • Charles Durning in Sisters Sisters
  • Charles Durning in To Be or Not to Be To Be or Not to Be
  • Charles Durning in Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman
  • Charles Durning in Local Color Local Color
  • Charles Durning in Dark Night of the Scarecrow Dark Night of the Scarecrow
  • Charles Durning in One Fine Day One Fine Day
  • Charles Durning in The Front Page The Front Page
  • Charles Durning in Twilight's Last Gleaming Twilight's Last Gleaming
  • Charles Durning in The Fury The Fury
  • Charles Durning in Big Trouble Big Trouble
  • Charles Durning in State and Main State and Main
  • Charles Durning in The Golden Boys The Golden Boys
  • Charles Durning in The Greek Tycoon The Greek Tycoon
  • Charles Durning in When a Stranger Calls When a Stranger Calls
  • Charles Durning in Solarbabies Solarbabies
  • Charles Durning in Cat Chaser Cat Chaser
  • Charles Durning in Home for the Holidays Home for the Holidays
  • Charles Durning in Spy Hard Spy Hard
  • Charles Durning in Dirty Deeds Dirty Deeds
  • Charles Durning in Stephen King's Desperation Stephen King's Desperation
  • Charles Durning in Good Dick Good Dick
  • Charles Durning in Deal Deal
  • Charles Durning in Doomsday Voyage Doomsday Voyage
  • Charles Durning in Working Working
  • Charles Durning in Two of a Kind Two of a Kind
  • Charles Durning in Mister Roberts Mister Roberts
  • Charles Durning in Cop Cop
  • Charles Durning in Evening Shade: Season 1 Evening Shade: Season 1
  • Charles Durning in Sesame Street: Elmo Saves Christmas Sesame Street: Elmo Saves Christmas
  • Charles Durning in Shelter Shelter
  • Charles Durning in Hard Time: Hostage Hotel Hard Time: Hostage Hotel
  • Charles Durning in The Final Hit The Final Hit
  • Charles Durning in Turn of Faith Turn of Faith
  • Charles Durning in Mother Ghost Mother Ghost
  • Charles Durning in Bleacher Bums Bleacher Bums
  • Charles Durning in One Last Ride One Last Ride
  • Charles Durning in The Drum Beats Twice The Drum Beats Twice
  • Charles Durning in Death & Texas Death & Texas
  • Charles Durning in L.A. Riot Spectacular L.A. Riot Spectacular
  • Charles Durning in Miracle Dogs Too Miracle Dogs Too
  • Charles Durning in Unbeatable Harold Unbeatable Harold
  • Charles Durning in Kinky Killers Kinky Killers
  • Charles Durning in iMurders iMurders
  • Charles Durning in Break Break