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CHARLES DURNING (Pappy O'Daniel) has been nominated twice for the Academy Award® for his roles in "To Be Or Not To Be" and "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." He also received a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway revival of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." He is currently on Broadway in "The Best Man." Previously on Broadway he starred in "The Gin Game" as well as the revival of the classic Lawrence & Lee drama "Inherit the Wind," with George C. Scott.

Durning's extensive motion picture credits include "One Fine Day," "Spy Hard," "The Hudsucker Proxy," "Dick Tracy," "True Confessions," "The Greek Tycoon," "Sharkey's Machine," "Dog Day Afternoon," "Home for the Holidays" and "The Grass Harp."

A series regular on television's "Evening Shade" with Burt Reynolds, Durning's other television work includes roles in "The Kennedys of Massachusetts," "Death of a Salesman," "Dinner at Eight," "Mrs. Santa Claus," as well as the narration for "Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony." He also starred with Sally Field in the NBC miniseries "A Woman of Independent Means," as well as "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom," a movie-of-the-week with Maureen Stapleton. Mr. Durning also starred in two one-man shows for PBS, "Casey Stengel" and "Pope John XXIII."

In addition, he was nominated for an Emmy® Award in 1998 for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for an episode of "Homicide: Life on the Street." His other notable guest appearances on television include a recurring role on "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Practice," "Cybill" and "Early Edition."

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