Fast Facts

  • Left home at 16.
  • Enlisted in the Army and landed on Normandy on D-Day; also fought in the Battle of the Bulge.
  • Was awarded the Silver Star and three Purple Hearts for his combat duty.
  • Before embarking on an acting career, worked as an usher in a burlesque house and taught ballroom dancing.
  • Trained alongside Jason Robards, Colleen Dewhurst and Grace Kelly at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
  • Is a former boxer.
  • Married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Anne Amelio.
  • Played Santa Claus at least five times in films.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008.

Awards

  • 1984, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1982, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
  • 1990, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Winner
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1986, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1983, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program: Nominee

Relationships

  • Mary Anne Amelio — Wife
  • Carol Durning — Ex-wife
  • Jeanine Durning — Daughter
  • Louise Durning — Mother
  • James Durning — Father
  • Douglas Durning — Son
  • Michele Durning — Daughter

College

  • Attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, NY

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Details

  • Birth Place: Highland Falls, NY
  • Died: December 24, 2012
  • Profession: Actor

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