RIP, Charles Durning

best12bars
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joined:6/29/05
RIP, Charles Durning
Posted: 12/25/12 at 06:47am
A wonderful character actor on stage and screen.


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iluvtheatertrash
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joined:11/9/04
RIP, Charles Durning
Posted: 12/25/12 at 07:34am
Two of my favorites in one day... Devastating! I'll be watching TOOTSIE tonight.
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Mattbrain
Broadway Legend
joined:11/23/05
RIP, Charles Durning
Posted: 12/25/12 at 09:07am
SCHUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUULTZ!!!!!!!!!

RIP, sir.
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South Fl Marc
Broadway Legend
joined:6/23/04
RIP, Charles Durning
Posted: 12/25/12 at 10:13am
He was an great actor on stage and screen. Even so, I had no idea of what his life was like. Read the Times obit. Just the World War II part is amazing.
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best12bars
Broadway Legend
joined:6/29/05
RIP, Charles Durning
Posted: 12/25/12 at 11:43am
Just the story of his early childhood, through his introduction to theatre through Burlesque, plus his WWII horror stories, followed by him finding his way out of that mental anguish through acting, is enough for a great movie.
"Jaws is the Citizen Kane of movies."
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devonian.t
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/04
RIP, Charles Durning
Posted: 12/25/12 at 11:59am
Sad news indeed. I will always treasure his wonderful performances.
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
RIP, Charles Durning
Posted: 12/25/12 at 12:49pm
The only redeeming quality Of Best Little Whorehouse movie.

Saw him on Broadway a few times . God we are losing all the great ones one after the other.
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Jon
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joined:2/20/04
RIP, Charles Durning
Posted: 12/25/12 at 02:39pm
Mr. Roxy just beat me to the punch re: Best Little Whorehouse. His "Sidestep" number was the best thing in the movie.
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
RIP, Charles Durning
Posted: 12/25/12 at 02:51pm
I'm watching HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS right now. Such a loss...

Rest in Peace.
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Addison D.
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joined:5/17/12
RIP, Charles Durning
Posted: 12/25/12 at 03:58pm
For some reason 'Queen of the Stardust Ballroom'--which, BTW, was based on the show "Ballroom", starring Dorothy Loudon & Vincent Gardenia--was an incredibly potent show for my 11 year-old, baby-gay self. For many years afterwards, Durning was "Al, from 'Queen of the Stardust Ballroom'" to me.

And, as others have so truly noted, the only watchable part of the 'Best Little Whorehouse' film.

Rest in Peace; thanks for the memories.
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sabrelady
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joined:5/16/03
RIP, Charles Durning
Posted: 12/25/12 at 04:03pm
Think it was the other way around. 1975 for QotSDB. & 78 for Ballroom.
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Addison D.
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joined:5/17/12
RIP, Charles Durning
Posted: 12/25/12 at 07:45pm
Right you are. I just assumed the show came first; my mistake.
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The Distinctive Baritone
Broadway Legend
joined:8/28/04
RIP, Charles Durning
Posted: 12/26/12 at 12:25pm
What an incredible life. I had no idea.