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Charles Grodin

1935-04-21 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Charles Sidney Grodin (April 21, 1935 – May 18, 2021) was an American actor, comedian, author, and television talk show host. Grodin began his acting career in the 1960s appearing in TV serials including The Virginian. After a small part in Rosemary's Baby in 1968, he played the lead in Elaine May's The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and supporting roles in Mike Nichols's Catch-22 (1970), the 1976 remake of King Kong, and Warren Beatty's Heaven Can Wait (1978). Known for his deadpan delivery and often cast as a put-upon straight man, Grodin became familiar as a supporting actor in many Hollywood comedies of the era, including Real Life (1979), Seems Like Old Times (1980), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), Ishtar (1987), Dave (1993), and Clifford (1994). Grodin co-starred in the action comedy Midnight Run (1988) and in the family film Beethoven (1992). He made frequent appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman. In the mid-1990s, Grodin retired from acting and wrote autobiographies; he became a talk show host on CNBC and in 2000 a political commentator for 60 Minutes II. He returned to acting with a handful of roles in the mid-2010s, including in Louis C.K.'s FX show Louie and Noah Baumbach's film While We're Young (2014). Grodin won several awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special in 1978 for the Paul Simon Special alongside Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Paul Simon, and Lily Tomlin. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for The Heartbreak Kid in 1972. He won Best Actor at the 1988 Valladolid International Film Festival for Midnight Run, and the American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his performance in Dave in 1993. Description above from the Wikipedia article Charles Grodin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Waiting for Ishtar Self 2017-12-14
An Imperfect Murder Arthur 2017-09-03
The Comedian Dick D'Angelo 2016-12-09
While We're Young Leslie Breitbart 2015-04-03
The Humbling Jerry 2014-12-31
Brazzaville Teen-Ager Father 2013-04-13
Char·ac·ter Self 2012-11-30
Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim (archive footage) 2012-02-04
The Harmony Game Self 2011-02-11
Paul Simon and Friends: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song Self 2007-06-27
The Ex Bob Kowalski 2006-12-01
The Ultimate Collection starring Johnny Carson - The Best of the 70s and 80s 2002-10-13
It Runs in the Family Mr. Parker (The Old Man) 1994-09-23
Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! Chaz 1994-05-18
The World of Jim Henson Nicky Holiday (archive footage) 1994-11-23
Clifford Martin Daniels 1994-04-01
Dave Murray Blum 1993-05-07
Beethoven's 2nd George Newton 1993-12-14
So I Married an Axe Murderer Commandeered Car Driver 1993-07-30
Heart and Souls Harrison Winslow 1993-08-13
Beethoven George Newton 1992-04-03
The Muppets at Walt Disney World Quentin Fitzwaller 1990-05-06
Taking Care of Business Spencer Barnes 1990-08-16
You Can't Hurry Love Mr. Glerman 1988-01-20
Midnight Run Jonathan Mardukas 1988-07-20
The Couch Trip George Matlin 1988-01-15
Ishtar Jim Harrison 1987-05-15
Last Resort George Lollar 1986-03-31
King Kong! The Living Legend Self 1986-06-01
Movers & Shakers Herb Derman 1985-05-03
The Lonely Guy Warren 1984-01-27
The Woman in Red Buddy 1984-08-15
Charley's Aunt Lord Fancourt Babberly 1983-02-06
Night of 100 Stars Self 1982-03-08
The Incredible Shrinking Woman Vance Kramer 1981-01-30
The Great Muppet Caper Nicky Holiday 1981-06-26
It's My Turn Homer 1980-10-24
Seems Like Old Times Ira Parks 1980-12-19
Sunburn Jake 1979-08-10
Real Life Warren Yeager 1979-03-02
The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank Jim Benson 1978-10-25
Heaven Can Wait Tony Abbott 1978-06-28
The Meanest Men in the West Arnie Doud, Harge Gang 1978-05-04
Just Me and You Michael Lindsay 1978-05-22
The Paul Simon Special Self 1977-12-08
It Happened One Christmas Joseph 1977-12-11
Thieves Martin Cramer 1977-02-11
King Kong Fred S. Wilson 1976-09-08
11 Harrowhouse Howard R. Chesser 1974-09-26
The Heartbreak Kid Lenny Cantrow 1972-12-17
Catch-22 Captain Aarfy Aardvark 1970-06-24
Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America Self 1969-11-30
Rosemary's Baby Dr. Hill 1968-06-12
Sex and the College Girl Bob 1964-09-03
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Drummer Boy (uncredited) 1954-12-23