'Tootsie' Star Charles Durning Dies At 89

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Actor Charles Durning, who starred in the 1982 film Tootsie died on Christmas Eve in New York. His long time agent Judith Moss confirmed his death at 89, BBC reports.

In Tootsie he played the would-be suitor of Dustin Hoffman's starring character.

Durning received Best Supporting Actor nominations in 1982 and 1984 for roles in To Be or Not to Be and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. He also won a Golden Globe in 1991 for Best Supporting Actor in the mini-series The Kennedys of Massachusetts along with a number of other critical accolades throughout the decades.

In 1982's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Dolly Parton and Burt Reynolds, he played the corrupt governor.

A veteran of World War II, he began his acting career in the '60s at the New York Shakespeare Festival, first gaining notoriety in 1973 playing a bad cop in The Sting alongside Robert Redford.

"I never turned down anything and never argued with any producer or director," he said in 2008.

"Not only was Charlie a World War II hero but he was also a hero to his family," his stepdaughter, Anita Gregory said in a statement. "Charlie loved Christmas and if he could have chosen a time to pass, he would have chosen this day."
Durning will be buried in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

[Source: BBC]


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