Charles Durning

Feb 28, 1923 – Dec 24, 2012


Before acting, he survived family tragedy and D-Day LOS ANGELES — Charles Durning grew up in poverty, lost five of his nine siblings to disease, barely lived through D-Day and was taken prisoner at the Battle of the Bulge. His hard life and wartime trauma provided the basis for a prolific...

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Rest in peace Mr Charles Durning. A great actor and American hero.

I researched Charles' history after watching his brilliant performance in Brother Where Art Thou? and discovered that he was the polar opposite of that character. Another lion sleeps tonight.

Praying that you will R.I.P.. I am also praying for your family. Thank you sir for your service to our country. Thank you also for the great acting that you did in your movies. I actually saw several of the movies on TV or on CD/DVD. God bless you and yours.

A great actor but more so a great American who always found time to honor the vets during the Memorial or Independence Day celebrations. You were a true hero Mr Durning, and you will be sorely missed.

Me, 50 years later

I recall his occasional visits to the Venice Restaurant in Highland Falls.It was good to see him enjoying the company of his brother and friends. Memories are of long ago, but not forgotten. You made our lives richer.

Blessings to your family, you dear, fine man. I have many memories of your great portrayals, but none so memorable as Menelaus "Pappy" O'Daniel. Charles is never far away; keep the faith.

Thank you for your service to our country. Your sacrifices will not be forgotten. Your acting has brought many happy moments to me throughout the years! You are held in high esteem.

To the Durning Family, Although 7 months late, (just got back online), I wanted, nay Needed to extend my condolences on the passing of your BELOVED DAD. You do not know me, your Dad was one of my FAVORITE ACTORS. GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU MOURN YOUR LOVING DAD. I watched the Tribute of him & the other WWII Vets on Nat. Memorial Day Concert & could tell how TRULY SPECIAL he was to all of you. Although I am about your ages, 50, he reminds me of my Grandfathers both. He is RESTING...