Photo Blast from the Past: Remembering Charles Durning

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The Broadway community mourns the loss of acclaimed actor Charles Durning, who passed away on Monday at age 89. Take a look back with photos from BroadwayWorld's own senior photographer Walter McBride.

Mr. Durning's portrayal of Big Daddy, the bullying, dying plantation owner in a 1990 Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, brought him a Tony Award for best featured actor in a play. In his breakout performance in 1972, he drew praise as a small-town mayor seeking re-election in That Championship Season, Jason Miller's Tony-winning drama about the reunion of a high school basketball team.

He went on to appear in a pair of 1973 Broadway productions - David Rabe's Boom Boom Room and Hugh Leonard's Au Pair Man, in which he co-starred with Julie Harris - and, three years later, in Jules Feiffer's comedy Knock Knock.

In 1996 he fought a courtroom duel with George C. Scott in a Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind. The next year Mr. Durning starred with Julie Harris in a Broadway revival of The Gin Game, D. L. Coburn's Pulitzer-winning play about two nursing home residents whose game of cards becomes a clash of wills. In 2000, in a retitled revival called Gore Vidal's 'The Best Man,' he played an ailing former president who tries to mediate a power struggle between two candidates.

With appearances in over 100 films, Mr. Durning's memorable roles include police officers in the Oscar-winning The Sting (1973) and crime drama Dog Day Afternoon (1975), along with the comedies Tootsie, To Be or Not To Be and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, the last two of which earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

Photo Credit: Walter McBride

Photo Blast from the Past: Remembering Charles Durning

Photo Blast from the Past: Remembering Charles Durning
Charles Durning and Director Sydney Pollack On the set filming TOOTSIE, Fifth Avenue in New York City. June 9, 1982

Photo Blast from the Past: Remembering Charles Durning
Charles Durning On the set of TOOTSIE, filming in New York City, 1982

Photo Blast from the Past: Remembering Charles Durning
Charles Durning On the set of TOOTSIE, filming in New York City 1982

Photo Blast from the Past: Remembering Charles Durning
Charles Durning On the set filming TOOTSIE, Fifth Avenue in New York City. June 9, 1982

Photo Blast from the Past: Remembering Charles Durning
Dom DeLuise and Charles Durning in New York City, 1982.

Photo Blast from the Past: Remembering Charles Durning
Charles Durning attending the 1996 Academy of TV Arts & Sciences in Orlando, Florida on 10/9/1996

Photo Blast from the Past: Remembering Charles Durning
Charles Durning attending the 1997 Drama League Awards Luncheon in New York City on 5/9/1997

Photo Blast from the Past: Remembering Charles Durning
Charles Durning attending the Opening Night Performance of "LOMBARDI" at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City. October 21, 2010

Photo Blast from the Past: Remembering Charles Durning
Jack Klugman & Charles Durning attending the Opening Night Performance of "LOMBARDI" at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City. October 21, 2010

Photo Blast from the Past: Remembering Charles Durning
Charles Durning attending the Opening Night Performance of "LOMBARDI" at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City. October 21, 2010

Photo Blast from the Past: Remembering Charles Durning

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.