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Actor Charles Durning appeared in such films as The Sting, Tootsie and Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. He also had roles on such shows as Rescue Me, Everybody Loves Raymond and Evening Shade.
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He received his first Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for the Dolly Parton musical Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 1982. Durning gave another impressive performance in the comedy Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. In the film, he plays the widowed father of Lange's character.
Three years later,
he received another Academy Award nod for the Mel Brooks comedy To Be or Not to Be, in which he played a Nazi officer in the film and co-starred with Gene Wilder and Anne Bancroft. Turning to more dramatic fare, he received critical acclaim for the 1990 miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusetts. Durning also won his first and only Tony Award that year as Big Daddy in a revival of the Tennessee Williams' classic drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Kathleen Turner.
On the small screen, Durning spent several years as part of the sitcom Evening Shade and later landed a recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond.
With no interest in retiring, Durning continued to act in his seventies and eighties. He received Emmy Award nominations for his guest appearances on NCIS and Rescue Me. In 2008, Durning also earned several accolades for his longtime contributions to the arts. The Screen Actors Guild gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award that year. He also joined an elite group of performers around this time with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
On December 24, 2012, Durning died in his Manhattan home.
Durning is survived by his three children from his first marriage. According to the Associated Press, the "king of character actors" will be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
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