Charles Durning, gone. He always made movies warmer, better. http://t.co/THEGNKeo
— John Schwartz (@jswatz) 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
Film star (and more importantly War HERO) Charles Durning dies aged 89.. Rest in Peace Patriot http://t.co/sxeKhlHT
— AMERICAN Woman (@DivineMoments) December 25, 2012
RIP Charles Durning. He was a war hero before he was an actor. #greatestgeneration
— Wayne Lauton (@WayneLauton) December 25, 2012
RIP Charles Durning 🙁 A good actor and real war hero.
— Rebel in Me (@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
— lee arenberg (@leearenberg) December 25, 2012
Charles Durning's war experiences were incredible! http://t.co/su8qNQEt
— Julian Simpson (@JulianSimpson1) 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.