Charles Durning



Place of birth:

Highland Falls, New York, USA:


WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor are all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning is one of Hollywood's most dependable and sought after supporting actors who first got his start in guest appearances in early 1960's TV shows. He scored minor roles over the next decade until he really got noticed by film fans as the sneering, corrupt cop "Lt. Snyder" hassling street grifter 'Robert Redford' in the multi award winning mega-hit The Sting (1973). Durning was equally entertaining in the Billy Wilder production of The Front Page (1974), he supported screen tough guy Charles Bronson in the suspenseful western Breakheart Pass (1975) and featured as "Spermwhale Whalen" in the story of unorthodox police behavior in The Choirboys (1977). The versatile Durning is equally adept at comedic roles and demonstrated his skills as "Doc Hopper" in The Muppet Movie (1979), a feisty football coach in North Dallas Forty (1979), a highly strung police officer berating maverick cop Burt Reynolds in Sharky's Machine (1981), and a light footed, dancing Governor (alongside Burt Reynolds once more) in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982). Durning continued a regular on screen association with Burt Reynolds appearing in several more feature films together and as "Dr. Harlan Elldridge" in the highly popular TV series Evening Shade (1990). On par with his multitude of feature film roles, Durning has always been in high demand on television and has guest starred in Everybody Loves Raymond (1996), Monk (2002) and Rescue Me (2004). Plus, he has appeared in the role of "Santa Claus" in five different television movies.


Scavenger Killers (2013)
Dylan Frier
Bleeding Hearts (2013)
Santa Claus
Rogue Assassin (2012)
The Life Zone (2011)
James Wise
Naked Run (2011)
Congressman Davenport
The Great Fight (2011)
Judge Frier
The Waiter (2010)
Frank 'The Handler' Maro
The Golden Boys (2008)
John Bartlett
A Bunch of Amateurs (2008)
Charlie Rosenberg
Good Dick (2008)
iMurders (2008)
Dr. Seamus St. Martin
Deal (2008)
Charlie Adler
Kinky Killers (2007)
Alexander Hathaway
Forget About It (2006)
Eddie O'Brien
Local Color (2006)
Desperation (2006)
Tom Billingsley
Miracle Dogs Too (2006)
Captain Pete Weaver
The Making of Dog Day Afternoon (2006)
Descansos (2006)
Inkeeper #2
Unbeatable Harold (2006)
Harold's Father
Jesus, Mary and Joey (2006)
Dirty Deeds (2005)
Victor Rasdale
The L.A. Riot Spectacular (2005)
The Lawyer
The Autopsy (2004)
A Boyfriend for Christmas (2004)
Santa Claus
Death and Texas (2004)
Marshall Ledger
Mr. St. Nick (2002)
Nicholas XX
Mother Ghost (2002)
Turn of Faith (2002)
Philly Russo
L.A.P.D.: To Protect And To Serve (2001)
Stuart Steele
The Judge (2001)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Menelaus "Pappy" O'Daniel
State and Main (2000)
Mayor George Bailey
The Last Producer (2000)
Syd Wolf
Very Mean Men (2000)
Paddy Mulroney
Lakeboat (2000)
Never Look Back (2000)
Hard Time: Hostage Hotel (1999)
Det. Charlie Duffy
Hard Time: The Premonition (1999)
Det. Charlie Duffy
Justice (1999)
Moe Ryan
Hard Time (1998)
Det. Charlie Duffy
A Chance of Snow (1998)
Earl Pulmer
Jerry and Tom (1998)
Hi-Life (1998)
Shelter (1998)
Capt. Robert Landis
The Secret Life of Algernon (1997)
Norbie Hess
Sesame Street: Elmo Saves Christmas (1997)
Santa Claus
One Fine Day (1996)
Mrs. Santa Claus (1996)
Santa Claus
Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman (1996)
Spy Hard (1996)
The Director
Home for the Holidays (1995)
Henry Larson
The Grass Harp (1995)
Reverend Buster
The Last Supper (1995)
Reverend Gerald Hutchens
A Woman of Independent Means (1995)
Andrew Alcott
I.Q. (1994)
Louis Bamberger
Charlie Sheen's Stunts Spectacular (1994)
Himself - (archive footage)
Roomates (1994)
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Waring Hudsucker
The Music of Chance (1993)
Bill Flower
When a Stranger Calls Back (1993)
John Clifford
Tales from Hollywood (1992)
The Water Engine (1992)
Tour Guide
V.I. Warshawski (1991)
Det. Lt. Bobby Mallory
Dick Tracy (1990)
Chief Brandon
Dinner at Eight (1989)
Dan Packard
Cat Chaser (1989)
Jiggs Scully
It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (1989)
The Butter Battle Book (1989)
Grandfather (voice)
Prime Target (1989)
Earl Mulcahaney
Brenda Starr (1989)
Editor Francis I. Livright
Ballet (1989)
Uncle Joshua
Far North (1988)
Unholy Matrimony (1988)
Reverend Samuel Corey
Case Closed (1988)
Cop (1988)
Dutch Peltz
Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues (1987)
Senator Henry Colton
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (1987)
Warden Hardy
The Rosary Murders (1987)
Father Ted Nabors
A Tiger's Tale (1987)
Charlie Drumm
Happy New Year (1987)
Solarbabies (1986)
The Warden
Tough Guys (1986)
Deke Yablonski
Where the River Runs Black (1986)
Father O'Reilly
Big Trouble (1986)
Tall Tales and Legends: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1985)
Uncle Doffue
Stand Alone (1985)
Louis Thibadeau
Death of a Salesman (1985)
The Man with One Red Shoe (1985)
Stick (1985)
Mass Appeal (1984)
Monsignor Thomas Burke
Mister Roberts (1984)
The Captain
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
Col. Erhardt
Scarface (1983)
Immigration Officer (voice) (uncredited)
Hadley's Rebellion (1983)
Sam Crawford
Two of a Kind (1983)
Tootsie (1982)
Les Nichols
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982)
Working (1982)
Retired Man
Sharky's Machine (1981)
Lt. Friscoe
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)
Otis P. Hazelrigg
True Confessions (1981)
Jack Amsterdam
The Best Little Girl in the World (1981)
Frank Powell
Crisis at Central High (1981)
Jess Matthews
A Perfect Match (1980)
Bill Larson
Die Laughing (1980)
Attica (1980)
Commisioner Russel Oswald
The Final Countdown (1980)
Senator Samuel Chapman
When a Stranger Calls (1979)
John Clifford
Starting Over (1979)
Michael "Mickey" Potter
North Dallas Forty (1979)
Coach Johnson
The Muppet Movie (1979)
Doc Hopper
Tilt (1979)
Harold 'The Whale' Remmens
An Enemy of the People (1978)
Peter Stockmann
The Fury (1978)
Dr. Jim McKeever
Special Olympics (1978)
Carl Gallitzin
The Choirboys (1977)
Spermwhale Whalen
Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
President David T. Stevens
Harry and Walter Go to New York (1976)
Rufus T. Crisp
The Hindenburg (1975)
Captain Pruss
Breakheart Pass (1975)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Det. Sgt. Eugene Moretti
Queen of the Stardust Ballroom (1975)
Al Green
The Trial of Chaplain Jensen (1975)
Budd Rogers
The Front Page (1974)
The Sting (1973)
Lt. Wm. Snyder
Sisters (1973)
Joseph Larch
The Connection (1973)
Frank Devlin
Deadhead Miles (1972)
Truck Driver in Cafe
Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues (1972)
Doomsday Voyage (1972)
Jason's First Mate
The Pursuit of Happiness (1971)
2nd Guard
I Walk the Line (1970)
Hi, Mom! (1970)
Sticky My Fingers... Fleet My Feet (1970)
Football Player
The Password Is Courage (1962)
LA DA Story ()
Himself (archive footage)