Celebrity News

Character Actor and Veteran Charles Durning Passes Away at Age 89
Download PDF
1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (No Ratings Yet)
Loading...

Revered character actor Charles Durning passed away at the age of 89 in New York on Monday. Durning got his start in the business working as an usher at a burlesque theater in Buffalo, New York. When one comedian arrived too drunk to go on stage, Durning took his spot and enjoyed the laughter from the audience.

Judith Moss, the longtime friend and agent of Durning, told the Associated Press that the actor passed away from natural causes at his home in Manhattan.

  
What
Where


“Not only was Charlie a World War II hero but he was also a hero to his family. Charlie loved Christmas and if he could have chosen a time to pass, he would have chosen this day,” Anita Gregory, Durning’s stepdaughter said in a statement. The statement was released by Ana Martinez, spokeswoman for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

“He loved that holiday and played Santa Claus many times in films and TV shows,” Gregory said. “Charlie lived the spirit of Christmas each and every day of his life. He taught me to believe that nothing was impossible. He brought joy and a smile to everyone’s life.”

Durning almost did not survive World War II. He was part of the first wave during the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. He was the only member of his unit to survive the invasion. Durning was wounded in the leg. During the Battle of the Bulge, Durning was captured and then survived a massacre of prisoners. Later in his life, Durning would not speak about his military time. He received the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts for his service.

Get JD Journal in Your Mail

Subscribe to our FREE daily news alerts and get the latest updates on the most happening events in the legal, business, and celebrity world. You also get your daily dose of humor and entertainment!!




“Too many bad memories,” he told an interviewer in 1997. “I don’t want you to see me crying.”

When Durning was young, he lost his father at the age of 12 and he also lost five of his sisters to smallpox and scarlet fever. Durning is survived by Gregory and his children Michele, Douglas and Jeannine. He is going to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.





 

Interesting Legal Sites You May Like


BCG FEATURED JOB

Locations:

Keyword:



Search Now

General Municipal Law Attorney with land use experience

USA-CA-Oakland

Oakland office of our client seeks general municipal law attorney with experience advising public ag...

Apply Now

Senior Land Use Attorney with experience

USA-CA-San Francisco

San Francisco office of our client seeks senior land use attorney with 7+ years of experience. The c...

Apply Now

Immigration Attorney with portable business

USA-VA-McLean

McLean office is seeking an immigration attorney with $500,000+ in portable business.

Apply Now

Attorney with 1-2 years of business immigration experience

USA-IL-Chicago

Chicago office of our client seeks attorney with 1-2 years of business immigration experience. The c...

Apply Now

RELEVANT JOBS

LITIGATION ATTORNEY

USA-CA-Emeryville

Boutique East Bay litigation defense firm is seeking a junior to mid-level attorney. Candidates for ...

Apply now

Managing Director, Litigation Finance Investments

USA-FL-Tampa

Title                ...

Apply now

Contract Associate

USA-CA-Sausalito

Seeking lawyer with at least 2 yrs experience in complex real estate transactional matters, with wil...

Apply now

Products Liability & Mass Tort Litigation Associate

USA-GA-Atlanta

The candidate must have 1- 5 years of civil litigation experience, preferably with some background i...

Apply now

Most Popular

SEARCH IN ARCHIVE

To Top