Charles Durning

Old Dec 26th 2012, 5:10 am
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Default Charles Durning

Superb but bizarrely underrated actor - died on Monday (on the same day as Jack 'Quincy' Klugman). I remember him as the bent cop in The Sting but most people seem to remember him best for his marriage proposal to Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie.

BUT - he was also a WW2 war hero:

On June 6, 1944, Charles Durning went into action with the 1st Infantry Division at Omaha Beach. Severely wounded nine days later, he underwent a long recovery and returned to his unit on Dec. 6, 1944, just in time to be captured during the Battle of the Bulge. Private Durning was one of the few survivors of the infamous Malmedy Massacre. During his service he was awarded three Purple Hearts and the Silver Star.

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