(Image source: The Inquisitr)

BY NATHAN BYRNE

He wasn’t a household name, but an entertainment writer for the New York Times called Charles Durning, quote, “a familiar presence … even if often overshadowed by the headliners.” The character actor died Monday night.

“Charles Durning passed away of natural causes Christmas Eve in his New York home. He was 89 years old.”

Durning was a nine-time Emmy nominee during his career — and was also nominated for two ‘Best Supporting Actor’ Oscars. But he’s remembered for one thing in particular.

“ … Charles Durning, known as the king of character actors … He portrayed every kind of a role, from a feisty football coach in ‘North Dallas Forty’ to a pope, to a Santa Claus.”

Aside from his acting career, WBZ notes Durning was a decorated war veteran who survived a historic invasion.

“ … he stormed the beach at Normandy and received the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts for his service in the Second World War.”

A writer for People magazine says Durning’s other real-life roles were equally interesting. He …

“ … worked in a button factory, taught ballroom dancing, sung on radio, trained as a stockbroker and painted bridges.”

According to Reuters, Durning appeared in more than 100 movies and scores of TV shows.

'King of Character Actors,' Charles Durning, Dead at 89

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Dec 25, 2012

'King of Character Actors,' Charles Durning, Dead at 89

(Image source: The Inquisitr)

BY NATHAN BYRNE

He wasn’t a household name, but an entertainment writer for the New York Times called Charles Durning, quote, “a familiar presence … even if often overshadowed by the headliners.” The character actor died Monday night.

“Charles Durning passed away of natural causes Christmas Eve in his New York home. He was 89 years old.”

Durning was a nine-time Emmy nominee during his career — and was also nominated for two ‘Best Supporting Actor’ Oscars. But he’s remembered for one thing in particular.

“ … Charles Durning, known as the king of character actors … He portrayed every kind of a role, from a feisty football coach in ‘North Dallas Forty’ to a pope, to a Santa Claus.”

Aside from his acting career, WBZ notes Durning was a decorated war veteran who survived a historic invasion.

“ … he stormed the beach at Normandy and received the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts for his service in the Second World War.”

A writer for People magazine says Durning’s other real-life roles were equally interesting. He …

“ … worked in a button factory, taught ballroom dancing, sung on radio, trained as a stockbroker and painted bridges.”

According to Reuters, Durning appeared in more than 100 movies and scores of TV shows.

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