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FTN remembers actors Charles Durning and Jack Klugman

December 25th, 2012 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Charles Durning R.I.P. (1923-2012)

Charles Durning, one of the world’s most renowned character actors, has sadly passed away, aged 89 on Christmas Eve. Charles, a veteran of the D-Day Landings, was also at one point a professional boxer before he took up acting, the pinnacle of which was receiving an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in The Best Little Whore House in Texas in 1982.

Though fans may not recognise him as a leading man, he was a great supporting actor in a number of highly successful and critical films including as Lt. Synder chasing after Henry Gondorf (Paul Newman) and Henry Hooker (Robert Redford) in The Sting. He also played Det. Moretti trying to bring to a safe close in the true story of the bank robbery turned hostage negotiation in Dog Day Afternoon.

He was also extremely memorable in the role of Les, the father of an actress who he happens to have a crush on her best friend Dorothy, played by Dustin Hoffman in the film Tootsie, and also as the Narrator in the television series Now and Again.

Charles was a truly gifted actor in so many memorable films and it is with a heavy heart that we say farewell to him.

We should also say our fond farewell to Jack Klugman, who starred in hit TV series Quincy in the 1970s and 80s. Jack also passed away on Christmas eve aged 90 in Los Angeles

Klugman was best known for playing medical investigator Quincy M.E. and a sloppy sports writer in The Odd Couple.

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