Charles Durning died last night. He was one of those guys you see all the time but who is never first in any viewer’s mind, the prototypical “character actor”.
That’s the strength of an actor, any good actor. As much as we love the charm of Star Paul Newman, the good looks of equally Star-ish Robert Redford, a vehicle like “The Sting” would be considerably weaker without the skills of plain old good actors like Durning. His turn in that (and don’t forget his deliciously cynical performance as the Governor in “O Brother Where Art Thou”) won him his first dose of national attention, though he’d been on stage and screen for years.
So here’s to Charles Durning, and working guys everywhere.