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Charles Durning

'Best Lil' Whorehouse' Actor

Dead at 89

12/25/2012 4:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Charles Durning -- the 2-time Academy Award nominee who was known as the "King of the Character Actor" -- died Monday at his home in New York.

The 89-year-old actor appeared in a TON of movies during his incredible career -- including "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "The Sting," "Tootsie," and "Dick Tracy."

According to Durning's agent and friend Judith Moss, Charles died of natural causes.

Before he became a star, Durning was a soldier in the U.S. Army -- and even stormed Normandy on D-Day during WW2.

Durning was the only member of his patrol who survived the Battle of the Bulge -- but he suffered serious injuries in the fight, followed by a mental breakdown.

Durning -- who received 3 Purple Hearts for his service -- had explained, "There's only so much you can witness."

Durning is survived by his wife and 3 children.  And like a true American hero, Durning will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

R.I.P.

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t.r.    

Loved this guy's work. RIP, bro.

485 days ago
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Enough    

O Brother, where art thou!

485 days ago
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wendy    

death of a salesman, my favorite

485 days ago
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SYLVI212    

Don't forget Dog Day Afternoon! One of his best, one of Pacino's best.

485 days ago
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smorbie    

My prayers are with his family on this sad day. He was a good actor and always seemed very likeable.

485 days ago
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palermo    

Really great actor, always enjoyed his work. RIP.

485 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

e war is over, man. Wormer dropped the big one.

485 days ago
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bbwlover1969    

Governor Pappy O'Daniel from O Brother Where Art Thou?.

485 days ago
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Keith    

I had the honor of seeing Charles Durning and Tony Randall perform together on Broadway in the late 90's. His body of work will live forever. RIP.

485 days ago
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Dan    

R.I.P. Mr. Durning, you earned it! Your sacrifice in WWII makes you a true American hero.

485 days ago
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Cindy    

How sad. We are so used to watching old movies that we almost feel these actors are still young. I looked at his younger pictures and realized that wow....he was someone I remembered a lot in the 80's and 90's before he apparently quit acting due to age. Seems like yesterday. What a sweetheart. Always enjoyed him.

485 days ago
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mr.howell     

Sad news, he was a great actor,he was hilarious in Tootsie,when he try's to get into her/his pants!..RIP.

485 days ago
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Spencer B in MD    

RIP Charles Durning - and Thank You for your service and your legacy of great films. You will be missed but remembered.

485 days ago
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verlinda    

Great Actor....R.I.P.

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Missy    

Great actor. Loved him in Starting Over & Tootsie. And American hero. RIP

485 days ago
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