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'Great character actor' Durning dies aged 89

Published 26/12/2012 | 05:00

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

He died yesterday 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' 'To Be Or Not To Be'.

Irish Independent

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