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Durning Dies at 89

Charles Durning, who overcame early poverty, nagging self-doubt and battlefield trauma to become one of the most acclaimed character actors on stage, film and television died Monday in Manhattan at home. Durning was 89.

Michele Durning, his daughter confirmed that her father had died. Durning might not have been well known by name, but his imposing bulk and pugnacious features were familiar to those who watched American movies, theater and television.

In the 1973 hit The Sting, Durning place a crooked cop alongside Robert Redford and Paul Newman. He played alongside Nick Nolte in the 1970 football film North Dallas Forty. He shadowed star Robert De Niro in True Confessions in 1981.

He was not able to land leading roles as he was just “ordinary looking” but he never was type cast as he could play g