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Charles Durning Biography

Birth Place:
Highland Falls, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

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

  • 2008Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1991Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1986Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1984Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1983Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1982Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 1980Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: nominated
  • 1977Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 1977Emmy-Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Series: nominated
  • 1976Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1975Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actor in a Special Program: nominated
  • 1975National Board of Review-Best Supporting Actor: winner

Relationships

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