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Charles Edward Durning (February 28, 1923 – December 24, 2012) was an American actor whose career spanned over half a century and more than 200 films, plays, and TV shows.

Durning had a rough childhood; his father died when he was 12 years old and five of his nine siblings died of smallpox and scarlet fever. He fought in World War II, landing in one of the first waves at Omaha Beach on D-Day and also fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, eventually earning three Purple Hearts. He began acting in the early 1950s, appearing in various off-Broadway plays and in the New York Shakespeare Festival. He made his film debut in 1965 and by the early 1970s was a well-known character actor.

Among his better-known films were The Sting, Dog Day Afternoon, The Muppet Movie, Tootsie, Dick Tracy and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. He was also a regular on the TV sitcom Evening Shade and had a recurring role on Rescue Me. His performances in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and To Be or Not to Be earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor and he won a Tony Award for a 1990 production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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  • Typecasting: He played Santa Claus in six different productions (It Nearly Wasn't Christmas, Elmo Saves Christmas, Mrs. Santa Claus, A Boyfriend for Christmas, Three Chris's and Bleeding Hearts). Ironically, he passed away on Christmas Eve.


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The Texas governor would rather dance a little sidestep than answer how he will address the problem of the best little whorehouse in Texas.

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