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RIP Charles Durning

Charles Durning, King Of Character Actors, Dies






(I hope Brian Dennehy is ok. I have a bad habit of mixing them up.)

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dref22
Dec. 25th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
This guy, what a life he had! His WW2 story made me teary eyed. RIP Mr Durning, he was really the king of character actors.

LOL for some reason I'm sometimes like "Brian Dennehy is still alive, right?"
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
Brian Dennehy has been in some very recent episodes of the Good Wife, so yeah...so far alive and kicking.
joanne_c
Dec. 26th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
A wonderful actor, RIP. He keeps turning up in the most unexpected places in re-runs, it's fun. Shall be a little sad with the fun for a bit.
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Just remembered that Dennehy seems to be alive and kicking, as he's recently been the insufferable "Bucky" Stabler in some epsiodes of the Good Wife. I think the last thing I saw Durning in was the NCIS episode, but I also caught some of his work on Rescue Me. I love how these great character actors are willing to be pretty damn unlikeable in a way that the leading men and women sometimes aren't
joanne_c
Dec. 29th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
I was thinking I'd seen him somewhere recently. That would be it. He was quite awful (the character, that is), wasn't he?

I really like that. I like when leading men and women will do it, but you know that at least for the guys, that leads to execrable woobie-isation (see: Loki or for that matter House).

Edited at 2012-12-29 12:17 am (UTC)
karaokegal
Dec. 30th, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
Well he's a lawyer, who so far has been representing the people we're meant to root against, and his persona is all about his big, fake affability. However, he did refuse to shake the hand of the soldier who tried to rape Amanda Peet AFTER he got him off.

joanne_c
Dec. 30th, 2012 11:16 pm (UTC)
That's very true, and I think it's the fake affability I don't like, while recognising that it's pretty fake.

I did like that (also hoping Amanda's character is recurring, I don't even watch closely enough for spoilers to know things like that, but I like her, and given she works for Peter that seems like it should be possible). I actually felt that was more a case of "I'll defend you but I don't have to like you or think you're right", interestingly.

He's kind of got the problem the opposing attorney had to Perry Mason in the telemovies from the 90s (or 80s - it's been a while), he always seemed like a nice guy (not always the case with "Bucky", but similar in dynamic), but you knew Perry was right.
karaokegal
Dec. 31st, 2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
The Good Wife is sometimes able to do a little bit of ambiguity, but basically "our" guys are supposed to be the good guys, so yeah...the Perry Mason conundrum.

Amanda Peet has gone a good way to redeeming herself from how annoying I found her in Studio 60, but I have a sneaking suspicion that had as much to do with Sorkin's issues as anyone's actual acting.
sharp2799
Dec. 26th, 2012 05:33 am (UTC)
Believe it or not, I think one of his finest roles is when he guested on NCIS. I didn't know about his background but in one moment, he looked at Tony and I looked at his eyes and said, he wasn't acting. He knew what war was. And then I checked him at IMDB and wasn't surprised at all.
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
That is a great episode. I always love seeing Harmon go up against the old pros. They really bring out the best in him. The scene at the sushi bar at the end is touching and adorable.
hansolo5
Dec. 26th, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC)
So sad. I used to mix them up too....they both are amazingly talented. I was thinking of BD lately because it's ages I haven't sene him around in a movie ...
karaokegal
Dec. 28th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
We need these great old character actors. There HAS to be a blustery cop or dad or politician type around.
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