Actor and WWII hero Charles Durning, R.I.P.

Award-winning character actor and war hero Charles Durning passed away yesterday. He was 89.  He was a Hollywood legend and a great American. This Christmas morning, Twitter users shared their memories and condolences.

On June 6, 1944, Charles Durning went into action with the 1st Infantry Division at Omaha Beach. Severely wounded nine days later, he underwent a long recovery and returned to his unit on Dec. 6, 1944, just in time to be captured during the Battle of the Bulge. Private Durning was one of the few survivors of the infamous Malmedy Massacre. During his service he was awarded three Purple Hearts and the Silver Star.

  • pointsnfigures

    God bless him and people like him. If you care, support the National World War Two Museum ( to keep their memories alive forever.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Rest in peace, Sir.

  • Carl Spry

    I remember his NCIS appearance…outstanding! Almost as if he lived the story.

    • mdtljt

      One of their best episodes…hands down.

    • Tangledweb

      That was his first work I thought of when I heard of his passing.

    • kch50428

      Cpl. Earnie Yost… RIP

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  • Dweller

    Charles Durning 1 of the best. Many great parts but the bestest 4me was; Best little whore House in Texas. Him as the Gov . perfect right down to the little side step. Sorry for the loss.

  • Renny

    RIP That’s two. Who’ll be three?

  • alvin691

    Weren’t we told that the American dream was dead by the left? Read his story, it sure sounds like the American dream.

  • Gloves Donahue, Jr.

    Standout actor and a good man.

  • Brian Mouland

    Old time character actor added something special to every role