RIP Charles Durning, who spoke at my graduation from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Tootsie, Dog Day Afternoon, Muppet Movie, O Brother...—
John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) December 25, 2012
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.
RIP Charles Durning you were a great actor and a great american.—
Adele Antonino (@Natalie352) December 25, 2012
RIP Charles Durning :( A good actor and real war hero.—
Brian Glover (@smokie_tx) December 25, 2012
RIP Charles Durning, great actor and war HERO Silver Star & Purple Heart recipient.—
Ronnie Wright (@Lakota07) December 25, 2012
Unbelievably..my friend Dan Lauria lost both his mentors on the same night, Jack Klugman and Charles Durning, 2 American acting icons—
Joe Favorito (@joefav) December 25, 2012
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.