Actor Charles Durning dead at the age of 89. The star of Tootsie and other films such as Dog Day Afternoon and A Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has passed away in home town of New York on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2012 the same day as Jack Klugman.
His death occurred of natural causes in Manhattan. He was a former professional boxer, martial arts expert and dance instructor, and a World War Two hero. He also played Santa Claus in five TV movies, including It Nearly Wasn’t Christmas, Mrs. Santa Claus and A Boyfriend for Christmas.
Paying tribute to his pal on Twitter.com on Christmas Day (25Dec12), Happy Days star Henry Winkler called Durning,
”the actor’s actor”.
Durning was also honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2008. According to Imdb.com, he was still filming what was his final film, Scavenger Killers, when he died.