Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Film star Durning dies aged 89

Charles Durning was a two-time Oscar nominee who was dubbed the king of the character actors (AP)

Two-time Oscar nominee Charles Durning - dubbed the king of the character actors - has died aged 89.

He died on Christmas Eve of natural causes at his New York City home.

Durning portrayed everyone from blustery public officials to put-upon everymen to Big Daddy in a Broadway revival of Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. It won him a Tony award in 1990.

He was nominated for an Oscar for his over-the-top performance as a corrupt governor in 1982's The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. Just a year later, he got another nomination for Mel Brooks's To Be Or Not To Be.

His breakout role was as a mayor in the Pulitzer and Tony-winning play That Championship Season in 1972.

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