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   Charles Durning, the king of the character actors, has died. All other character actors take one step up. Dead actor trifecta now in play

25 Dec 2012 03:27 AM   |   13813 clicks   |   Washington Post
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Bathia_Mapes    [TotalFark]  
He was great in the original "When a Stranger Calls".

He'll be missed by many, including myself. :-(

25 Dec 2012 03:25 AM
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Znuh     
Good gravy, who knew he was so hardcore? "Killed a German soldier with a rock".

Damn.

25 Dec 2012 03:32 AM
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BadMotivator     
R.I.P. Doc Hopper, you were a great bad guy.

25 Dec 2012 03:34 AM
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Harry_Seldon     
There's a Blue Letter! A Blue Letter!

25 Dec 2012 03:34 AM
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PaLarkin     

BadMotivator: R.I.P. Doc Hopper, you were a great bad guy.


Sadly Doctor Quincy won't be available to determine the cause of death. :-(

25 Dec 2012 03:36 AM
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Dumb-Ass-Monkey    [TotalFark]  
Oh goddammit. One of the true greats, on and off screen.

A great American soldier has passed.

www.senaahq.bravehost.com

25 Dec 2012 03:38 AM
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vudukungfu     

Bathia_Mapes: He was great in the original "When a Stranger Calls".

He'll be missed by many, including myself. :-(


missed\but not miscegenated.

25 Dec 2012 03:38 AM
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animesucks     
he'll be forever riding in tremendous class

25 Dec 2012 03:39 AM
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Pointy Tail of Satan     
Rock breaks bayonet.

25 Dec 2012 03:39 AM
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7th Son of a 7th Son     
Damn, that totally sucks!

25 Dec 2012 03:40 AM
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borg    [TotalFark]  
You forgot war hero subby! he was at Omaha beach on D-day.

25 Dec 2012 03:41 AM
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Infobahn     
Ooooooo, I wanna dance a little side step...

25 Dec 2012 03:43 AM
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Mr_Juche     
Badass WWII Vet trifecta now in play. Who's next. GHWB? Bob Dole?

25 Dec 2012 03:44 AM
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Dumb-Ass-Monkey    [TotalFark]  
Listen to Denis Leary on O&A talking about Charles Durning
(NSFW because it's swear-y)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature =player_detailpage&v=h2jKP3pEfN8 #t =660s

25 Dec 2012 03:44 AM
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Phoenix_M     
I think George H. W. Bush passes next. He 88 and has been in the hospital for over a month plus the last few days there's been strange news stories about it.

25 Dec 2012 03:45 AM
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willyfreddy     

BadMotivator: R.I.P. Doc Hopper, you were a great bad guy.


img18.imageshack.us

Still one of my favourite movies of all time!!

Znuh: Good gravy, who knew he was so hardcore? "Killed a German soldier with a rock".

Damn.


FTFA: His father was unable to work, having lost a leg and been gassed during World War I, so his mother supported the family by washing the uniforms of West Point cadets. The younger Durning himself would barely survive World War II. He was among the first wave of U.S. soldiers to land at Normandy during the D-Day invasion and the only member of his Army unit to survive. He killed several Germans and was wounded in the leg. Later he was bayoneted by a young German soldier whom he killed with a rock. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and survived a massacre of prisoners.

Holy crap. He WAS a badass.

/thanks for highlighting that, Znuh, or I never would have read the article.

25 Dec 2012 03:48 AM
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Dwight_Yeast     

Phoenix_M: I think George H. W. Bush passes next. He 88 and has been in the hospital for over a month plus the last few days there's been strange news stories about it.


They were trying to get him out of the hospital for Xmas, but he's just not recovering

Nelson Mandela has also been in hospital for over a month.

25 Dec 2012 03:49 AM
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Bathia_Mapes    [TotalFark]  

Phoenix_M: I think George H. W. Bush passes next. He 88 and has been in the hospital for over a month plus the last few days there's been strange news stories about it.


Either him or Prince Philip. The latter has been in and out of the hosptial frequently during 2012 & is 91.

25 Dec 2012 03:52 AM
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Harry_Seldon     
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25 Dec 2012 03:58 AM
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Huck And Molly Ziegler     
What a great story. If Mr. Durning had spent the rest of his life merely being a kind and decent man working at an ordinary job, he'd've been a credit to humanity. As it is, he gave of himself to strangers (who, granted, paid him to do so), making his presence much bigger in the process.

25 Dec 2012 04:01 AM
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KrispyKritter    [TotalFark]  
No disrespect intended but Tracey Walter of Jersey City N.J. is the definition of character actor.

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25 Dec 2012 04:03 AM
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Huggermugger    [TotalFark]  
Who's next? Dabney Coleman?

25 Dec 2012 04:04 AM
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Gyrfalcon     

Znuh: Good gravy, who knew he was so hardcore? "Killed a German soldier with a rock".

Damn.


They made men of a sterner stuff back then. Also, to my mind, villains, soldiers, and rocks.

25 Dec 2012 04:14 AM
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solitary    [TotalFark]  

25 Dec 2012 04:14 AM
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RayD8     
Among his other credits he totally stole Choirboys.

RIP badass.

25 Dec 2012 04:14 AM
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Mock26     
He is not dead. He just changed roles.

25 Dec 2012 04:15 AM
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Garfield226     
Every step he took was a step up. Except, of course, his last one.

25 Dec 2012 04:16 AM
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panchobarnes     
First Quincey, now Waring Hudsucker... thanks for ruining Christmas!

25 Dec 2012 04:18 AM
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Shrapnel     
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/hot

25 Dec 2012 04:23 AM
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Miss Stein     

Bathia_Mapes: He was great in the original "When a Stranger Calls".

He'll be missed by many, including myself. :-(


When A Stranger Calls scare the farking bejeebers out of me as a 14-year-old babysitter.  Slept with the lights on for a week afterward.

25 Dec 2012 04:27 AM
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tkirby     
Thou shalt have no other kings before me.

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25 Dec 2012 04:28 AM
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Bathia_Mapes    [TotalFark]  

Miss Stein: Bathia_Mapes: He was great in the original "When a Stranger Calls".

He'll be missed by many, including myself. :-(

When A Stranger Calls scare the farking bejeebers out of me as a 14-year-old babysitter.  Slept with the lights on for a week afterward.


I don't blame you. That was and is still a damned creepy movie. The remake, not so much.

25 Dec 2012 04:35 AM
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dericwater     
RIP Abe Vigoda.

25 Dec 2012 04:41 AM
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Ed Finnerty     
He was good. But he was no Michael Caine.

25 Dec 2012 04:51 AM
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rattchett     
Well, he was old timey.

25 Dec 2012 04:55 AM
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stonelotus     

Shrapnel: [www.boomtron.com image 500x381]

/hot


I preferred this one, but you still beat me to it...

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25 Dec 2012 04:58 AM
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Dwight_Yeast     

stonelotus: I preferred this one, but you still beat me to it...


That scene, the way it's played out, not just by Durling but also by all the other character actors at the table is just fantastic.

25 Dec 2012 05:12 AM
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LDM90     
May I take this opportunity to say what a dumb term "character actor" is? They ALL play characters!

/knows what it means

25 Dec 2012 05:26 AM
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Raider_dad     
www.movieactors.com

He was an excellent Chief of Police.

25 Dec 2012 05:31 AM
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Maturin     
upload.wikimedia.org

Goodbye gay computer guy.

25 Dec 2012 05:32 AM
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planes     
The Washington Post obituary doesn't do this war hero justice. Read the obituary done by the New York Times , to really learn about Charles Durning:

"Then came World War II, and he enlisted in the Army. His combat experiences were harrowing. He was in the first wave of troops to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day and his unit's lone survivor of a machine-gun ambush. In Belgium he was stabbed in hand-to-hand combat with a German soldier, whom he bludgeoned to death with a rock. Fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he and the rest of his company were captured and forced to march through a pine forest at Malmedy, the scene of an infamous massacre in which the Germans opened fire on almost 90 prisoners. Mr. Durning was among the few to escape.

By the war's end he had been awarded a Silver Star for valor and three Purple Hearts, having suffered gunshot and shrapnel wounds as well. He spent months in hospitals and was treated for psychological trauma."

More

25 Dec 2012 05:39 AM
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USAF Retired     
i14.photobucket.com

R.I P. Gov. Pappy

25 Dec 2012 05:47 AM
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D Ray Morton     
gothamist.com

Inconsolable

/obscure?

25 Dec 2012 05:49 AM
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LonMead     
R.I.P., Lt. Snyder... www.wearysloth.com That Joliet badge don't mean much up here.


www.stairstars.com Couldn't dance a little sidestep away from this.

25 Dec 2012 05:50 AM
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Ex-Texan     
chocolate covered nougats?

25 Dec 2012 05:53 AM
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B.L.Z. Bub     

Mr_Juche: Badass WWII Vet trifecta now in play. Who's next. GHWB? Bob Dole?


Does Jack Klugman count? He served in WWII, but I haven't found accounts of him being a badass. If so, then with him, Daniel Inouye and now Durning the trifecta is complete.

25 Dec 2012 05:58 AM
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Abe Vigoda's Ghost    [TotalFark]  

dericwater: RIP Abe Vigoda.




Not quite yet.

25 Dec 2012 06:27 AM
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Mart Laar's beard shaver     
RIP, Senator Samuel Chapman (but he got to die twice)

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25 Dec 2012 06:29 AM
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hitlersbrain     
If given a choice between being an A list actor or a character actor like Durning or Borgnine, I would definitely choose the latter. I must be awesome doing so many roles.

25 Dec 2012 07:27 AM
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hitlersbrain     

hitlersbrain: If given a choice between being an A list actor or a character actor like Durning or Borgnine, I would definitely choose the latter. I must be awesome doing so many roles.


'It must be' not I...

25 Dec 2012 07:34 AM
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