Durning, Charles 1923–
Durning, Charles 1923–
Born February 28, 1923, in Highland Falls, NY; married Carol (divorced, 1972); married Mary Ann Amelio, c. 1974; children: (first marriage) Michele (an actress), Douglas, Jeanine; (second marriage) two stepchildren. Education: Attended Columbia University and New York University; according to some sources, studied classical dance and martial arts.
Agent—Paradigm, 360 North Crescent Dr., North Building, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.
Actor. Worked as a nightclub singer and dancer, ballroom dancer, dance instructor, usher at a burlesque house, and as a boxer, cab driver, waiter, ironworker, construction worker, elevator operator, telegram delivery person, bartender, night watchman, and in factories. Some sources state that Durning spent time with the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Military service: U.S. Army, Combat Infantry, served as a Ranger, served during World War II; received (according to various sources) three Purple Hearts, Silver Star, Bronze Star, and/or a Combat Infantryman's Badge.
Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, American Film Institute.
Drama Desk Award and Variety poll winner, both 1972, for That Championship Season; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actor in a special program—drama or comedy, 1975, for Queen of the Stardust Ballroom; National Board of Review Award, best supporting actor, 1975, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best supporting actor—motion picture, 1976, both for Dog Day Afternoon; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding single performance by a supporting actor in a comedy or drama series, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best supporting actor—television, both 1977, for Captains and the Kings; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or special, 1980, for Attica; Academy Award nomination, best actor in a supporting role, 1983, for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Academy Award nomination, best actor in a supporting role, and Golden Globe Award nomination, best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture, both 1984, for To Be or Not to Be; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or special, 1986, for Death of a Salesman; Annual CableACE Award nomination, best supporting actor in a movie or miniseries, National Cable Television Association, 1989, for The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains; Antoinette Perry Award and Drama Desk Award, both best featured actor in a play, 1990, for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Golden Globe Award, best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries, or motion picture made for television, 1991, for The Kennedys of Massachusetts; Emmy Award nominations, outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, 1991 and 1992, both for Evening Shade; Drama League Award, distinguished performance, c. 1997, for The Gin Game; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actor in a drama series, 1998, for "Finnegan's Wake," an episode of Homicide: Life on the Street; inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame, 1999; National Board of Review Award, 2000, Florida Film Critics Circle Award, 2001, and Online Film Critics Society Award nomination, 2001, all best ensemble performance, all with others, for State and Main; Emmy Award nomination, outstanding guest actor in a drama series, 2005, for Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service; Lucille Lortel Award, outstanding featured actor, League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers, 2006, for Third; Life Achievement Award, Screen Actors Guild, 2008.
Dooley, Harvey Middleman, Fireman, Columbia, 1965.
Stiletto, Avco-Embassy Pictures, 1969.
Deputy Wylie Hunnicutt, I Walk the Line, Columbia, 1970.
(As Charles Durnham) Superintendent, Hi Mom! (also known as Blue Manhattan, Confessions of a Peeping John, and Son of Greetings), Facets Multimedia, 1970.
Second guard, The Pursuit of Happiness, Columbia, 1971.
Murphy, Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues, Warner Bros., 1972.
Red Ball rider, Deadhead Miles, Paramount, 1972.
Doomsday Voyage (also known as Questions), Futurama International, 1972.
Joseph Larch, Sisters (also known as Blood Sisters), American International Pictures, 1973.
Lieutenant William Snyder, The Sting, Universal, 1973.
Murphy, The Front Page, Universal, 1974.
Captain Pruss, The Hindenburg, Universal, 1975.
Detective sergeant Eugene Moretti, Dog Day Afternoon, Warner Bros., 1975.
Frank O'Brien, Breakheart Pass, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1975.
President David T. Stevens, Twilight's Last Gleaming (also known as Nuclear Countdown, Das Ultimatum, and Todeskommando Feuerblitz Ultimatum), Allied Artists, 1976.
Rufus T. Crisp, Harry and Walter Go to New York, Columbia, 1976.
Peter Stockmann, An Enemy of the People (also known as Danger Plante Earth), Warner Bros., 1977.
Spermwhale Whalen, The Choirboys (also known as Aenglarna), Universal, 1977.
Dr. Jim McKeever, The Fury, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1978.
Michael Russell, The Greek Tycoon, Universal, 1978.
Arnold, Die Laughing, Warner Bros., 1979.
Coach Johnson, North Dallas Forty, Paramount, 1979.
Doc Hopper, The Muppet Movie, Associated Film Distributors, 1979.
Harold "The Whale" Remmens, Tilt, Warner Bros., 1979.
John Clifford, When A Stranger Calls, Columbia, 1979.
Michael "Mickey" Potter, Starting Over, Paramount, 1979.
Senator Samuel Chapman, The Final Countdown (also known as U.S.S. Nimitz: Lost in the Pacific), United Artists, 1980.
Frisco, Sharky's Machine, Warner Bros., 1981.
Jack Amsterdam (some sources cite Jack Anderson), True Confessions, United Artists, 1981.
Governor, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (musical; also known as The Best Little Cathouse in Texas), Universal, 1982.
Leslie "Les" Nichols, Tootsie, Columbia, 1982.
Charlie, Two of a Kind (also known as Second Chance), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983.
Colonel Erhardt, To Be or Not to Be, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983.
(Uncredited) Voice of immigration official, Scarface, Universal, 1983.
Chucky Gorman, Stick, Universal, 1984.
Monsignor Thomas Burke, Mass Appeal, Universal, 1984.
Sam Crawford, Hadley's Rebellion, ADI Marketing, 1984.
Louis Thibadeau, Stand Alone, New World Pictures, 1985.
Ross, The Man with One Red Shoe, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1985.
Deke Yablonski, Tough Guys, Universal, 1986.
Father O'Reilly, Where the River Runs Black, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1986.
O'Mara, Big Trouble, Columbia, 1986.
The warden, Solarbabies (also known as Solar Warriors), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1986.
Charlie, Happy New Year, Columbia, 1987.
Father Ted Nabors, The Rosary Murders (also known as Confession criminelle, Den sjaette doedssynden, Der Moerder mit dem Rosenkranz, I delitti del rosario, Los crimenes del rosario, O misterio do rosario negro, and Rukousnauhamurhaaja), New Line Cinema, 1987.
(Uncredited) Pete (the doorman to Heaven), Meatballs III: Summer Job (also known as Meatballs III and Meatballs III—Academie de vacances), TMS (The Movie Store; also known as Moviestore Entertainment), 1987.
Bertrum, Far North, Alive Films, 1988.
Charlie Drumm, A Tiger's Tale, Atlantic Releasing, 1988.
Dutch Peltz, Cop (also known as Blood on the Moon), Atlantic Releasing, 1988.
Jiggs Scully, Cat Chaser (also known as Short Run, Doedliga foerbindelser, El cazador de gatos, Hexenkessel Miami, Kocur, Macskafogo kommando, Oi synenohoi, Oltre ogni rischio, Progonitelj macaka, and Vaaran polttopisteessae), Vestron Pictures, 1989.
Uncle Joshua, Etoile (also known as Ballet), 1989.
Editor Francis I. Livright, Brenda Starr, 1989, Triumph Releasing, 1992.
Chief Brandon, Dick Tracy, Buena Vista, 1990.
Colonel Clancy, Project: Alien (also known as Fatal Sky and No Cause for Alarm), 1991.
Lieutenant Bobby Mallory, V. I. Warshawski (also known as V. I. Warshawski, Detective in High Heels), Buena Vista, 1991.
Ozzie, Dreamers, 1991.
Bill Flower, The Music of Chance, IRS Releasing, 1993.
Louis Bamberger, I.Q. (also known as A teoria do amor, Ahava Atomeat, Ask ve zeka, El genio del amor, Formula para amar, Genio per amore, I.Q.—A szerelem relativ, I.Q.—Liebe ist relativ, I.Q. (Q.I.), L'amour en equation, and Rakkauden yhtaeloe), Paramount, 1994.
Waring Hudsucker, The Hudsucker Proxy (also known as Mister Hula Hoop and Hudsucker-Der Grosse Sprung), Warner Bros., 1994.
Mr. Henry Larson, Home for the Holidays, Paramount, 1995.
Reverend Gerald Hutchens, The Last Supper, Columbia, 1995.
Reverend Buster, The Grass Harp, 1995, Fine Line Features, 1996.
The director, Spy Hard (also known as Agent zero zero, Agent 00, Live and Let Spy, Agent 00—Mit der Lizenz zum Totlachen, Ciplak casus, Dragam add az eleted, Duro de espiar, Duro para espiar, Espia … como puderes!, Espia como puedas, L'agent secret se decouvre, Mit der Lizenz zum Totlachen, Spia e lascia spiare, Spy Hard—Helt utan haemningar, Spy Hard—lupa laeikyttaeae, Szklanka po lapkach, and Tajni agent 000), Buena Vista, 1996.
Lew, One Fine Day, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996.
Voice of Archie, The Land before Time IV: Journey through the Mists (animated; also known as The Land before Time 4: Journey through the Mists), MCA Home Entertainment, 1996.
Recon, Wildtrack Productions, 1996.
Norbie Hess, The Secret Life of Algernon, Marano Productions/Phare-Est Productions, 1997.
Fatty, Hi-Life, Lions Gate Films, 1998.
Hunt for the Devil, Fries Film Group, 1999.
Mayor George Bailey, State and Main (also known as Hollywood, Vermont and Sequences et consequences), New Line Cinema/Fine Line Features, 2000.
Paddy Mulroney, Very Mean Men, Miracle Entertainment, 2000.
Pappy O'Daniel, O Brother, Where Art Thou? (also known as O'R Brother), Buena Vista, 2000.
Never Look Back, Giants Entertainment, 2000.
Big Philly Russo, Turn of Faith, CAOH Enterprises, 2001.
Himself, A Constant Forge: The Life and Art of John Cassavetes (documentary; also known as A Constant Forge), 2001.
Skippy, Lakeboat, Cowboy Booking International, 2001.
Stuart Steele, L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve (also known as LAPD, LAPD Conspiracy, Die Todesengel von L.A., LAPD: Policia de Los Angeles, and Policia de Los Angeles—Corrupcion total), Fries Film Group, 2001.
Dylan Frier, Pride & Loyalty, Echelon Entertainment, 2002.
George, Mother Ghost, Imageworks Entertainment International, 2002.
John "Eagle Eye" Pennell, The Last Man Club, Cactus Films, 2002.
Congressperson Davenport, The Naked Run (short film), 2002, Weggee Productions, 2006.
Himself, Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (documentary; also known as Broadway, Broadway: The Golden Age, and Broadway: The Movie), Dada Films, 2003.
Jimmy Kerrigan, Dead Canaries, Showcase Entertainment, 2003.
Mr. Orlick, One Last Ride, Allumination Filmworks, 2003.
Performer, The Education of Gore Vidal (documentary), 2003.
Marshall Ledger, Death and Texas, Neofight Film, 2004.
Frank McNally, Resurrection: The J. R. Richard Story, Bellinger-Bethea X Films, 2005.
Murray Blythe, River's End, American World Pictures, 2005.
Victor Rasdale, Dirty Deeds (also known as Dirtier Deeds), Freestyle Releasing, 2005.
The Voyage of La Amistad: The Quest for Freedom, MPI Media Group, 2005.
Captain Pete, Miracle Dogs Too, Tag Entertainment, 2006.
Eddie O'Brien, Forget about It, Showcase Entertainment, 2006.
The lawyer, The L.A. Riot Spectacular (also known as The L.A. Riot Show), Visionbox Pictures, 2006.
Mr. Clark, Unbeatable Harold, Visual Factory, 2006.
Second innkeeper, Descansos, Film Arts Alliance, 2006.
Teddy the bartender, Jesus, Mary and Joey (also known as Welcome Back Miss Mary), Panorama Entertainment, 2006.
Yammi, Local Color, Media 8 Entertainment, 2006.
Alexander Hathaway, Polycarp, Vivendi Visual Entertainment, 2007.
Charlie, Good Dick, Morning Knight/Present Pictures, 2007.
Frank "the Handler" Maro, The Waiter (also known as The Waiter: Chronicles of Purgatory), Bacchus Entertainment, 2007.
Deal, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 2007.
Audie & the Wolf, Brooklyn Reptyle Productions, c. 2008.
Grandpa, Room and Board, Hoboken Pictures, 2008.
John Bartlett, Chatham (also known as The Golden Boys), West Wind Productions, 2008.
Satan, The Drum Beats Twice, Justice for All Productions, 2008.
Television Appearances; Series:
Lieutenant Gil McGowan, Another World (also known as Another World: Bay City), NBC, 1972.
Officer Frank Murphy, The Cop and the Kid, NBC, 1975-76.
Oscar Poole, Eye to Eye, ABC, 1985.
Dr. Harlan Elldridge, Evening Shade, CBS, 1990-94.
Voice of Joseph Breen, Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen (documentary; also known as Sex and the Silver Screen), Showtime, 1996.
Frank Vitelli, Orleans, CBS, 1997.
Father Hubley, Everybody Loves Raymond (also known as Raymond, Alla aelskar Raymond, Alle elsker Raymond, Alle lieben Raymond, Kaikki rakastavat Raymondia, Svi vole Raymonda, Todo el mundo quiere a Raymond, Tothom estima en Raymond, Tout le monde aime Raymond, and Tutti amano Raymond), CBS, between 1998 and 2002.
Justice Henry Hoskins, First Monday, CBS, 2002.
Tommy's father, Rescue Me (also known as Rescue Me: FDNY), FX Network, beginning 2004.
Television Appearances; Miniseries:
Ed Healey, Captains and the Kings, NBC, 1976.
Paddy Lonigan, Studs Lonigan, NBC, 1979.
Senator Henry Colton, Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues (also known as The Gambler III: The Legend Continues and Kenny Rogers as "The Gambler" III—The Legend Continues), CBS, 1987.
John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, The Kennedys of Massachusetts (also known as The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys), ABC, 1990.
Papa Andrew Alcott, A Woman of Independent Means (also known as Les tourments du destin, Mia anexartiti gynaika, and Wechselspiel des Lebens), NBC, 1995.
Host and narrator, America in the Forties: Sentimental Journey (also known as America in the Forties and America in the '40s), PBS, 1998.
Voices, Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony, PBS, 1999.
Judge Harlan Radovich, The Judge (also known as Steve Martini's "The Judge"), NBC, 2001.
Voices, Jazz, PBS, 2001.
Tom Billingsley, Desperation (also known as Stephen King's "Desperation"), ABC, 2006.
Television Appearances; Movies:
Frank Devlin, The Connection, ABC, 1973.
Alvin "Al" Green, Queen of the Stardust Ballroom, CBS, 1975.
Budd Rogers, The Trial of Chaplain Jensen, ABC, 1975.
Carl Gallitzin, Special Olympics (also known as A Special Kind of Love), CBS, 1978.
Host, One of the Missing, 1979.
Bill Larson, A Perfect Match, CBS, 1980.
Commissioner Russell Oswald, Attica, ABC, 1980.
Frank Powell, The Best Little Girl in the World, ABC, 1981.
Jess Matthews, Crisis at Central High, 1981.
Otis P. Hazelrig, Dark Night of the Scarecrow, CBS, 1981.
Warden Hardy, The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains (also known as Unchained), HBO, 1987.
Les Kabowski, Case Closed (also known as Death by Diamonds), CBS, 1988.
Reverend Samuel Corey, Unholy Matrimony (also known as Deadly Vows), CBS, 1988.
Dan Packard, Dinner at Eight, TNT, 1989.
Earl Mulcahaney, Prime Target, NBC, 1989.
Santa Claus, It Nearly Wasn't Christmas (also known as The Nearly Wasn't Christmas), syndicated, 1989.
(Uncredited) Judge, The Story Lady, NBC, 1991.
Roger Finn, The Return of Eliot Ness, NBC, 1991.
Tour guide, "The Water Engine," TNT Screenworks (also known as Screenworks), TNT, 1992.
John Clifford, When a Stranger Calls Back, Showtime, 1993.
Barney, Roommates, NBC, 1994.
Santa Claus, Mrs. Santa Claus, CBS, 1996.
Captain Robert Landis, Shelter, 1998.
Detective Charlie Duffy, Hard Time, TNT, 1998.
Earl Pulmer, A Chance of Snow, Lifetime, 1998.
Vic, Jerry and Tom, Showtime, 1998.
Detective Charlie Duffy, Hard Time: Hostage Hotel (also known as Hostage Hotel), TNT, 1999.
Detective Charlie Duffy, Hard Time: The Premonition (also known as The Premonition), TNT, 1999.
Moe Ryan, Justice (also known as Backlash), Cinemax, 1999.
Syd Wolf, The Last Producer (also known as The Final Hit), USA Network, 2000.
King Nicholas XX (Santa Claus), "Mr. St. Nick" (also known as "Mr. Saint Nick" and "Monsieur St-Nick"), The Wonderful World of Disney, ABC, 2002.
Scorekeeper Victor, Bleacher Bums (also known as The Cheap Seats), Showtime, 2002.
Ozzy Larson, A Very Married Christmas, CBS, 2004.
Santa Claus, A Boyfriend for Christmas, The Hallmark Channel, 2004.
Councilperson Max Ernst, Detective (also known as Arthur Hailey's "Detective"), Lifetime, 2005.
Television Appearances; Specials:
Will Pentland, Look Homeward, Angel, 1972.
Senator Stephen Douglas, "The Rivalry," Hallmark Hall of Fame (also known as Hallmark Television Playhouse), NBC, 1975.
"The Ashes of Mrs. Reasoner," Hollywood Television Theatre, PBS, 1976.
Cubby Doucette, "The Dancing Bear," Visions, PBS, 1977.
(Uncredited) Himself, The Muppets Go Hollywood, 1979.
Title role, "Casey Stengel," Hallmark Hall of Fame (also known as Hallmark Television Playhouse), PBS, 1981.
McMahon, "The Monument," The Girls in Their Summer Dresses and Other Stories by Irwin Shaw, PBS, 1981.
Himself, The Best Little Special in Texas, syndicated, 1982.
Retired man, "Working" (musical), American Playhouse (also known as American Playhouse: Working), PBS, 1982.
The captain, Mr. Roberts, NBC, 1984.
The Screen Actors Guild 50th Anniversary Celebration, 1984.
Himself, The Night of 100 Stars II (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), ABC, 1985.
Charley, Death of a Salesman (also known as Der Tod eines Handlungsreisenden), CBS, 1985.
Dom DeLuise and Friends, Part 3, ABC, 1985.
Angelo Roncalli/Pope John XXIII, I Would Be Called John: Pope John XXIII, PBS, 1987.
Narrator and voice of Grandpa Yook, The Butter Battle Book (animated; also known as Dr. Seuss' "The Butter Battle Book"), TNT, 1989.
(Uncredited; in archive footage) Doc Hopper, The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson, CBS, 1990.
Charles F. Money, Tales from Hollywood, BBC, 1992, broadcast on American Playhouse, PBS, 1992.
(Uncredited; in archive footage) Doc Hopper, "The World of Jim Henson," Great Performances, PBS, 1994.
Narrator, Normandy: The Great Crusade, The Discovery Channel, 1994.
Voice of Benjamin Franklin, The American Revolution, Arts and Entertainment, 1994.
Himself, National Memorial Day Concert, PBS, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2007.
Himself, Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman, Arts and Entertainment, 1996.
Santa Claus, Elmo Saves Christmas (also known as Sesame Street—Elmo Saves Christmas), PBS, 1996.
Himself, Burt Reynolds, 1998.
Voice of Mayor William Strong, The City of Greater New York: The Story of Consolidation, WNET (PBS affiliate), 1998.
Himself, AFI's 100 Years, 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (also known as AFI's 100 Years … 100 Thrills), CBS, 2001.
Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:
The American Film Institute Salute to Billy Wilder (also known as The AFI Salute to Billy Wilder and American Film Institute Salutes Billy Wilder), NBC, 1986.
The 40th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1986.
The Stuntman Awards, syndicated, 1986.
The 44th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1990.
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1991.
49th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1992.
The American Film Institute Salute to Robert Wise (also known as The AFI Salute to Robert Wise and American Film Institute Salutes Robert Wise), NBC, 1998.
27th Annual People's Choice Awards, 2001.
American Veteran Awards, History Channel, 2002.
Appeared in other awards presentations and other programs.
Television Appearances; Episodic:
Bureaucrat, "Go Fight City Hall," East Side, West Side, CBS, 1963.
"A Question of Murder," The Nurses (also known as The Doctors and the Nurses), CBS, 1965.
"Old Gangsters Never Die," N.Y.P.D., ABC, 1967.
Hewitt, "The Reluctant Deputy," The High Chaparral, NBC, 1970.
Sid Balinger, "The Midtown Beat," Madigan, NBC, 1972.
Detective, "Gloria the Victim," All in the Family (also known as Justice for All and Those Were the Days), CBS, 1973.
Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (also known as The Best of Carson), NBC, 1973, 1975.
Don Corcoran, "The Deadly Conspiracy," Cannon, CBS, 1975.
Don Corcoran, "The Deadly Conspiracy: Part 2," Barnaby Jones, CBS, 1975.
Havens, "Retire in Sunny Hawaii—Forever," Hawaii Five-O (also known as McGarrett), CBS, 1975.
Jake Hatch, "Set Up City," Baretta, ABC, 1975.
Assistant to the boss, "Guilt Trip," Amazing Stories (also known as Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories"), NBC, 1985.
Doffue, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," Shelley Duvall's "Tall Tales and Legends" (also known as Tall Tales and Legends), Showtime, 1986.
Earl, "You Gotta Believe Me," Amazing Stories (also known as Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories"), NBC, 1986.
Himself, Dolly, ABC, 1987.
Himself, A Conversation with Dinah, The Nashville Network, 1990.
"Jessica Lange: It's Only Make Believe," Crazy about the Movies, Cinemax, 1991.
Dr. Futterman, "Leslie's Folly," Directed By, Showtime, 1994.
Vaughn, "Texan," Directed By, Showtime, 1994.
Himself, "The Films of Sydney Pollack," The Directors (also known as The Directors: Sydney Pollack), Encore, 1997.
Dr. Veckman, "A Regular Joe," Early Edition, CBS, 1997.
A. J. Sheridan, "Bakersfield," Cybill, CBS, 1998.
A. J. Sheridan, "Daddy," Cybill, CBS, 1998.
Stephen Donnell, "Passing Go," The Practice, ABC, 1998.
Thomas Finnegan, "Finnegan's Wake," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as Homicide and Homicide: HOTS), NBC, 1998.
Himself, Intimate Portrait: Jessica Lange, Lifetime, 1998.
Voice of Francis Griffin, "Holy Crap," Family Guy (animated; also known as Padre de familia and Padre del familia), Fox, 1999.
"The Window," Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX TV, 1999.
Judge Romick, "Time," Early Edition, CBS, 2000.
Stephen Donnell, "Death Penalties," The Practice, ABC, 2000.
Wes Connelly, "The Second Chance," The Hoop Life, Showtime, 2000.
Himself, "Jessica Lange: On Her Own Terms," Biography (also known as A&E Biography: Jessica Lange), Arts and Entertainment, 2001.
Clifford Connelly, "Three Days in November," Citizen Baines (also known as The Second Act), CBS, 2001.
Voice of Francis Griffin, "Mr. Saturday Knight," Family Guy (animated; also known as Padre de familia and Padre del familia), Fox, 2001.
"Fielding Offers," Arli$$ (also known as Arliss), HBO, 2001.
Father Madden, "The Root of All Evil," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2003.
Ernie Yost, "Call of Silence," Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (also known as Naval CIS, Navy CIS, Navy NCIS, NCIS, and NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service), CBS, 2004.
Himself, Dinner for Five, Independent Film Channel, 2004.
Voice of Francis Griffin, "The Father, the Son and the Holy Fonz," Family Guy (animated; also known as Padre de familia and Padre del familia), Fox, 2005.
Eugene "Gene" Brown, "Goodbye, Love," Everwood (also known as Our New Life in Everwood), The WB, 2006.
Eugene "Gene" Brown, "Reckoning," Everwood (also known as Our New Life in Everwood), The WB, 2006.
Hank Johansen, "Mr. Monk Goes to the Hospital," Monk, USA Network, 2007.
Also appeared in other programs, including The Defenders, CBS.
Television Appearances; Pilots:
District attorney Horn, Rx for the Defense, ABC, 1973.
Phil Beckman, Switch, CBS, 1975.
Nick, Good Evening, He Lied, NBC, 1984.
P. Oliver Pendergast, P.O.P., NBC, 1984.
Harry Deegan, "Side by Side," Comedy Factory, ABC, 1985.
Dr. Harlan Elldridge, Harlan & Merleen (also known as It's Never Too Late), CBS, 1993.
Justice Henry Hoskins, First Monday, CBS, 2002.
Television Theme Song Performer; Pilots:
P.O.P., NBC, 1984.
"Side by Side," Comedy Factory, ABC, 1985.
First servant to Cornwall, King Lear, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, New York City, 1962.
Lucius, Julius Caesar, New York Shakespeare Festival, Heckscher Theatre, New York City, 1962.
Porter and Seyton, Macbeth, New York Shakespeare Festival, Heckscher Theatre, 1962.
Stephano, The Tempest, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1962.
Clown, Antony and Cleopatra, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1963.
Clown, The Winter's Tale, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1963.
Corin, As You Like It, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1963.
Feste, Twelfth Night (also known as Twelfth Night, or What You Will), New York Shakespeare Festival, Heckscher Theatre, 1963.
Purser and a Cuban, Too Much Johnson, Phoenix Theatre, New York City, 1964.
Understudy for various roles, Poor Bitos, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1964.
Paul Rudd and understudy for various roles, The Child Buyer, The Theatre Guild, Garrick Theatre, New York City, 1964-65.
Grumio, The Taming of the Shrew, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Mobile Theater, 1965.
Pincer, Drat! The Cat! (musical), Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1965.
Pistol, King Henry V, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Mobile Theater, 1965.
Dean Steward and Maurice, Pousse-Cafe (musical), Forty-Sixth Street Theatre, New York City, 1966.
First murderer, Richard III, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1966.
Lavatch, All's Well That Ends Well, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1966.
Point and the discussion leader, The World of Gunter Grass, Pocket Theatre, New York City, 1966.
Pompey, Measure for Measure, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1966.
The Entertainer, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh, PA, 1966.
A Man's a Man, Pittsburgh Playhouse, 1966.
Dromio of Ephesus, The Comedy of Errors, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1967.
The Three Sisters, Pittsburgh Playhouse, 1967.
Louis Bonnard, The Happy Time (musical), Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1967, then Broadway Theatre, New York City, 1967-68.
Daddy, Huui, Huui, New York Shakespeare Theatre, Joseph Papp Public Theater, New York City, 1968.
Feste, Twelfth Night (also known as Twelfth Night, or What You Will), New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1969.
Rodicon the turnkey, Invitation to a Beheading, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, 1969.
Ned Buntline, Indians, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1969-70.
Cade, Chronicles of King Henry VI, Part II, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1970.
Douglas, Lemon Sky, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, then Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1970.
Mayor of London, Chronicles of King Henry VI, Part 1, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1970.
Orderly, The Happiness Cage, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Estelle R. Newman Theater, New York City, 1970.
First gravedigger, Hamlet, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Delacorte Theater, 1972.
George Sikowski, That Championship Season, New York Shakespeare Festival, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Estelle R. Newman Theater, then Booth Theatre, New York City, 1972-74.
Harold, In the Boom Boom Room, New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, 1973.
Eugene Hartigan, The au Pair Man, New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, 1973-74.
Cohn, Knock, Knock, Biltmore Theatre, New York City, 1976.
On Golden Pond, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1980.
Charley, Death of a Salesman, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1985.
The Night of 100 Stars II (also known as Night of One Hundred Stars), Theatre at Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1985.
Sweet Bird of Youth, Royal Alexandra Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1988.
Big Daddy, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Playhouse Theatre, Wilmington, DE, then Eugene O'Neill Theatre, New York City, 1990.
Matthew Harrison Brady, Inherit the Wind, National Actors Theatre, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1996.
Weller Martin, The Gin Game, National Actors Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, New York City, 1997.
Former president Arthur Hockstader, Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" (also known as The Best Man), Virginia Theatre, New York City, 2000.
Old man, Prelude to a Kiss (staged reading), L.A. Theatre Works, Theatre at Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, 2000.
Shelly Levine, Glengarry Glen Ross, McCarter Theatre, Princeton, NJ, 2000.
Village elder, Brigadoon (musical), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2001.
Old Dogsborough, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, National Actors Theatre, Pace University, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, New York City, 2002.
Elwood P. Dowd, Harvey, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach, CA, 2003.
Dalton Trumbo (title role), Trumbo: Red, White & Blacklisted, Westside Theatre Downstairs, New York City, 2003-2004.
Jack Jameson, Third, Lincoln Center, Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, New York City, 2005.
Appeared as Trinculo, The Tempest; and as Sir Toby Belch, Twelfth Night (also known as Twelfth Night, or What You Will); also appeared in King John and Two by Saroyan; appeared in other productions of the New York Shakespeare Festival and in other productions, including productions in Brooklyn, New York City. Some sources cite an appearance in The Eve of St. Mark, Cort Theatre, c. 1943.
The Andersonville Trial, U.S. cities, 1960.
Weller Martin, The Gin Game, U.S. cities, 1998-99.
Stage manager, The Child Buyer, The Theatre Guild, Garrick Theatre, New York City, 1964-65.
Radio appearances include the voice of an old man for Prelude to a Kiss, L.A. Theatre Works, KCRW (National Public Radio affiliate).
Himself, Sisters, l'autopsie (short), Wild Side Video, 2004.
Himself, The Art of "The Sting," Universal Studios Home Video, 2005.
(Uncredited; in archive footage) Doc Hopper, Kermit: A Frog's Life (short), Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2005.
Himself, "Dog Day Afternoon": Casting the Controversy (short), Warner Home Video, 2006.
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