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Award-winning actor Charles Durning, whose work in movies and televisions includes supporting roles in the classic comedy Tootsie and the TV sitcom Evening Shade, had passed away last December 24 at the age of 89.
According to his longtime friend and agent Judith Moss, he died of natural causes.
Durning survived poverty and WWII to become an established character actor in Hollywood. "I was born a character actor," he spoke of his role as Big Daddy in a Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. "I was born looking older — and I've been aging since I was a teenager."
The actor received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in 2008 and said, "I never turned down anything and never argued with any producer or director”.
In a 1994 interview with Washington Post, Durning said, “I’d like to have a decade of my life back. I dropped into a void for almost a decade. It’s your mind that’s hard to heal. There are many horrifying secrets in the depths of our souls that we don’t want anyone to know about.”
Durning also pledged to never stop working. "They're going to carry me out, if I go," he said. However, beyond his numerous achievements, Durning had a fear of being invisible.
The versatile actor once said that he was "driven by fear - the fear of not being recognized by your peers".
He is survived by his children, Michele, Douglas and Jeannine. His family will hold a private family service and burial at Arlington National Cemetery. May he rest in peace.