'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'.
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