Veteran character actor Charles Durning died on Christmas Eve at the age of 89. He passed away at his home in New York City of natural causes.
Durning was drafted at age 21 and served in the Army in World War II. He participated in the Normandy Invasion of France on D-Day and was awarded the Silver Star and three Purple Heart medals.
He had a long and varied acting career, playing a myriad characters on stage, in movies, and in television series and specials. For the latter, he earned nine Emmy nominations.