Durning was born in Highland FallsNew York. His three brothers James Roger —Clifford —Gerald — and his sister Frances — survived to adulthood, but five sisters died from scarlet fever and smallpox as children.
Durning served in the U. Army during World War II. He was drafted at age 20 and participated in the Normandy invasion.
He was discharged with the rank of Private First Class on January 30, Durning participated in various functions to honor American veterans, including serving as Chairman of the U. National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans.
Durning was paid a special tribute at the May 26, National Memorial Day Concert when " Taps " was sounded in his honor. Durning began his career in While working as an usher in a burlesque theatre, he was hired to replace a drunken actor on stage. Subsequently, he performed in roughly 50 stock company productions and in various off-Broadway plays, eventually Two daddy studs play the Two daddy studs play of Joseph Pappfounder of The Public Theater and the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Beginning inhe appeared in 35 plays as part of the Shakespeare Festival. You were getting a salary for performance plus a rehearsal salary. We would do three plays in Central Park for the summer. And then you'd do three to six plays every year down on Lafayette Street -- new plays by new writers: During this period, he segued into television and movies.
He made his film debut inappearing in Harvey Middleman, Fireman.
He also appeared in Dealing: Durning's performances in Broadway productions include Drat! Inhe won critical acclaim for his performance as Norman Thayer, Jr. Snyder, who polices and hustles professional con artists. He Two daddy studs play pursues the young grifter, Johnny Hooker Redfordonly to become the griftee in the end.
Inhe received both an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the television mini-series Captains and the Kings. Inhe played Doc Hopper, a man who owns a frog leg restaurant and the main antagonist in The Muppet Movie.
In Tootsiehe Two daddy studs play a suitor to Dustin Hoffman 's cross-dressing lead character. The two actors worked together again in a TV production of Death of a Salesman. He worked with the Coen Brothers again playing "Pappy" O'Daniel, a cynical governor of Mississippi a character loosely based on the Texas politician and showman Two daddy studs play. He also played the voice of recurring character Francis Griffin in the animated series Family Guy.
Durning's character turns himself in to authorities, insisting that he must be prosecuted for having murdered his buddy during ferocious combat on Iwo Jima six decades earlier. For his numerous roles on television, he earned nine Emmy Award nominations.
He won a Golden Globe in for his supporting role in the television miniseries The Kennedys of Massachusettshaving had three previous nominations. That place that no one knows about — horrifying things we keep secret. A lot of that is released through acting. Along with films he appeared in, his collection consists mainly of films he admired as well as a small collection of family home movies.
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Durning died of natural causes at his home in Manhattan on December 24,aged 89   and was subsequently buried at Arlington National Cemetery. On December 27,Broadway theaters dimmed their lights to honor him. The New York Timeswhich commented on Durning's more than credited roles, referred to him and actor Jack KlugmanTwo daddy studs play died the same day, as "extraordinary actors ennobling the ordinary". Durning married his first wife, Carole Doughty, in They had three children together before divorcing in Durning married his second wife, Mary Ann Amelio, in His second marriage was virtually over, with the two filing an official Declaration of Separation in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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