Charles Grodin

  • Birth Name: Charles Grodinsky
  • Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director, Writer, Talk-show host
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  • Elected class president of every year of high school and graduated class valedictorian.
  • Studied acting with Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen.
  • First acting role was in a Broadway production of Tchin-Tchin in 1962.
  • Turned down the role of Benjamin in The Graduate because of a salary disagreement.
  • Authored several plays, beginning with 1990's The Price of Fame.
  • Hosted The Charles Grodin Show on CNBC from 1995 to '98.
  • Best-selling author whose works include It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here: My Journey Through Show Business (1989), How I Get Through Life: A Wise and Witty Guide (1992), I Like It Better When You're Funny: Working in Television and Other Precarious Adventures (2002) and How I Got to Be Whoever It Is I Am (2009).
  • Actively supports the Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation and the Children's Health Fund.


  • 1973, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy-Variety or Music Special: Winner


  • Marion Grodin — Daughter
  • Elissa Durwood — Wife
  • Lena Grodin — Mother
  • Jack Grodin — Brother
  • Nicky Grodin — Son
  • Theodore Grodin — Father


  • Attended University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, United States

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