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Charles Grodin is a Actor and Adaptation American born on 21 april 1935 at Pittsburgh (USA)

Charles Grodin

Charles Grodin
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Birth name Charles Grodin
Nationality USA
Birth 21 april 1935 (83 years) at Pittsburgh (USA)
Awards Primetime Emmy Award

Charles Grodin (born April 21, 1935) is an American actor, comedian, author, and former cable talk show host.

Grodin began his acting career in the 1960s appearing in TV serials including The Virginian. He had a small part as an obstetrician in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby in 1968. In the 1970s he moved into film acting, including playing the lead in The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and supporting roles in Catch-22 (1970) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He became a familiar face as a supporting actor in many Hollywood comedies of the era, including Real Life (1979), Seems Like Old Times (1980), The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Woman in Red (1984), The Lonely Guy (1984), Ishtar (1987), The Couch Trip (1988), Taking Care of Business (1990), and Dave (1993). He is perhaps best known for his iconic appearances on The Tonight Show and The Late Show, for co-starring alongside Robert De Niro in the classic action comedy Midnight Run (1988), and for his role as George Newton in the 1990s John Hughes comedy franchise Beethoven.

Grodin has won several acting awards, including American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for 1993's Dave, Best Actor at the 1988 Valladolid International Film Festival (for Midnight Run). He was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for The Heartbreak Kid in 1972. He also shared a 1978 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program for his work on The Paul Simon Special.

In the mid-1990s, Grodin retired from acting to become a talk show host on CNBC and in 2000 a political commentator for 60 Minutes II. He has written several autobiographical and acting related works, including 1990's It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here: My Journey Through Show Business and 1994's We're Ready for You, Mr. Grodin. However, he has recently returned to his acting career.

Biography

Grodin has two children: daughter Marion (a comedian), from his marriage to Julie Ferguson, and son, Nicholas, from his marriage to Elissa Durwood. For a period in the 2000s, Grodin gave up show business to be a stay-at-home dad to his children.

Best films

Beethoven's 2nd (1993)
(Actor)
King Kong (1976)
(Actor)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
(Actor)
Dave (1993)
(Actor)
Beethoven (1992)
(Actor)
The Woman in Red (1984)
(Actor)

Usually with

Warren Beatty
Warren Beatty
(2 films)
Buck Henry
Buck Henry
(3 films)
Elaine May
Elaine May
(3 films)
James Mason
James Mason
(3 films)
Ivan Reitman
Ivan Reitman
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Charles Grodin (37 films)

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Actor

The Comedian, 1h59
Directed by Taylor Hackford
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about television
Actors Robert De Niro, Leslie Mann, Danny DeVito, Edie Falco, Veronica Ferres, Charles Grodin
Roles Dick D'Angelo
Rating57% 2.850372.850372.850372.850372.85037
Jackie Burke est un célèbre humoriste. Alors qu'il tente de se réinventer, son public ne veut le voir que dans la peau du personnage qu'il incarnait jadis à la télévision. Lors d'un de ses shows, il s'en prend violemment à un membre du public. Jackie est condamné à du travail d'intérêt général, notamment à la soupe populaire. Il y fait la rencontre de Harmony Schiltz.
While We're Young, 1h37
Directed by Noah Baumbach
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Ben Stiller, Jesse Eisenberg, Amanda Seyfried, Naomi Watts, Brady Corbet, Adam Driver
Roles Leslie Breitbart
Rating62% 3.146453.146453.146453.146453.14645
Middle-aged couple Josh (Ben Stiller) and Cornelia Schrebnick (Naomi Watts) have a shaky relationship while living in New York City. Josh is struggling on the post-production of his documentary film about leftist intellectual Ira Mandelstam (Peter Yarrow). His previous documentary about military-industrial complex titled The Power Elite was based on C. Wright Mills's sociological theory. Both Josh and Cornelia are struggling to try to have children, although Cornelia is reluctant due to her miscarrying the past two pregnancies. After finishing a lecture at the college where he works, Josh is approached by Jamie (Adam Driver) and Darby Massey (Amanda Seyfried), a young couple who invite him and Cornelia out to dinner, the former claiming to be a fan of both his works and the works of his accomplished documentary filmmaker father-in-law, Leslie Breitbart (Charles Grodin). Josh is immediately awestruck by Jamie and Darby's non-conservative outlook on life, and he and Cornelia begin spending more time with them and indulging in their activities.
The Humbling, 1h47
Directed by Barry Levinson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Dianne Wiest, Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Mandy Patinkin
Roles Jerry
Rating56% 2.800192.800192.800192.800192.80019
Simon Axler is an aging actor who suffers from bouts of dementia. He is institutionalized after an incident during a Broadway play, then returns home, where he contemplates suicide. When he embarks upon an affair with a friend's amoral lesbian daughter, his world starts to fall apart. It ends on stage, with even Axler's audience and fellow actors unsure what's real and what's not.
The Ex
The Ex (2006)
, 1h30
Directed by Jesse Peretz
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Zach Braff, Amanda Peet, Jason Bateman, Charles Grodin, Mia Farrow, Donal Logue
Roles Bob Kowalski
Rating54% 2.749292.749292.749292.749292.74929
Living in Manhattan, Tom (Zach Braff) is a cook who has a hard time holding down his job. His wife, Sofia (Amanda Peet), is an attorney. When their first child is born, they agree that she will be a full-time mom and he will work to get a promotion. When Tom gets fired over defending his friend Paco (Yul Vazquez), he takes a job in Ohio working at the ad agency where his father-in-law is the assistant director. Tom is assigned to report to Chip (Jason Bateman). Chip is a competitive and hard-driving wheelchair-using man who is coincidentally Sofia's ex-boyfriend from high school. Chip still carries a desire for her, so he conspires to make Tom's work life miserable. As Tom's frustrations mount, Chip begins to sway Sofia to his side.
The Ex
The Ex (1997)
, 1h27
Directed by Mark L. Lester
Origin Canada
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Yancy Butler, Amanda Peet, Nick Mancuso, Suzy Amis, Charles Grodin, Babz Chula
Rating56% 2.803792.803792.803792.803792.80379
Deidre Kenyon (Yancy Butler) is David Kenyon's (Nick Mancuso) ex-wife and intends to stalk him and wreck his family. She goes to extreme lengths to do this.
Clifford
Clifford (1994)
, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films set in the future
Actors Charles Grodin, Martin Short, Mary Steenburgen, Dabney Coleman, Richard Kind, Jennifer Savidge
Roles Martin Daniels
Rating54% 2.7000052.7000052.7000052.7000052.700005
At a Catholic school in 2050, a troublesome boy named Roger (Ben Savage) is running away after blowing up the gym due to not being allowed to play on the basketball team—he was accepted onto the team but his parents have forbidden contact sports. He is stopped by Father Clifford (Martin Short), an old priest, who tries to persuade him to change his ways by telling him a story of his own youth.
My Summer Story, 1h25
Directed by Bob Clark
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Charles Grodin, Kieran Culkin, Mary Steenburgen, Glenn Shadix, Troy Evans, Al Mancini
Roles Mr. Parker
Rating57% 2.8528552.8528552.8528552.8528552.852855
The film has several plot lines, one each for Ralphie, his father and his mother, followed by one involving Ralphie and his dad on a fishing trip. Ralphie's quest for most of the movie is to find a top tough enough to knock a bully's top out of a chalk circle in a game of "Kill". Meanwhile, Ralphie's dad has a series of skirmishes with his hillbilly neighbors, the Bumpuses, and all forty-three Bloodhounds named Big Red. The Old Man calls in Barkley, the family dog, to distract the Bumpuses' hounds when the Old Man comes home from work; when he gets out of the car, he accidentally steps in dog poop. Ralphie's mom would like to finally get something other than a Ronald Colman gravy boat on dish night at the local cinema. Scut, the main bully, is demoted, with a new head bully ruling over him.
Dave
Dave (1993)
, 1h50
Directed by Ivan Reitman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Political films, White House in fiction
Actors Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Frank Langella, Ving Rhames, Kevin Dunn, Ben Kingsley
Roles Murray Blum
Rating67% 3.398883.398883.398883.398883.39888
Dave Kovic (Kline) runs a temporary employment agency in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., and has a side job impersonating President Bill Mitchell (Kline). He is requested by Secret Service agent Duane Stevensen (Rhames) to make an appearance as the President at a hotel. Dave assumes it is a matter of security, but it is really to cover up Mitchell's extramarital affair with a White House staffer (Laura Linney).
Beethoven's 2nd, 1h26
Directed by Rod Daniel
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about animals, Films about families, Films about dogs, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Nicholle Tom, Christopher Castile, Sarah Rose Karr, Debi Mazar
Roles George Newton
Rating48% 2.4037852.4037852.4037852.4037852.403785
The film begins in the home of the Newton family, where George, Alice, their three children, and Beethoven are all well adjusted to living together. Beethoven sneaks out and meets Missy, a female St. Bernard whose owners are attempting to settle a divorce. Regina, who is seeking $50,000 in the settlement, has retained full custody of Missy and only plans to transfer her to Brillo, her soon-to-be ex-husband, once the divorce is finalized.
Heart and Souls, 1h44
Directed by Ron Underwood
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Ghost films
Actors Robert Downey Jr., Charles Grodin, Eric Lloyd, Alfre Woodard, Richard Portnow, Kyra Sedgwick
Roles Harrison Winslow
Rating68% 3.4486353.4486353.4486353.4486353.448635
In San Francisco, 1959, four people embark on the same bus. A single mother named Penny Washington leaves her three children at home to work in her night shift as a telephone operator. A singer named Harrison Winslow is afraid of the stage and quits his audition. A waitress named Julia regrets turning down her boyfriend John's marriage proposal and leaves her job to seek him out. A small-time thief named Milo Peck unsuccessfully attempts to retrieve a collection of vintage stamps that he had stolen from a young boy. However, the bus driver, Hal, has a serious accident, killing himself and everyone on board.
So I Married an Axe Murderer, 1h30
Directed by Thomas Schlamme
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror, Crime, Romance
Themes Serial killer films, Comedy horror films
Actors Mike Myers, Nancy Travis, Anthony LaPaglia, Amanda Plummer, Brenda Fricker, Michael Richards
Roles Commandeered Driver
Rating63% 3.1994153.1994153.1994153.1994153.199415
Charlie McKenzie (Myers) is a beat poet living in San Francisco, after having broken up with yet another woman based on paranoid perception. His friend Tony, a policeman, point out that Charlie simply is afraid of commitment and tries to think of or invent any reason to break up with someone.
Beethoven
Beethoven (1992)
, 1h27
Directed by Brian Levant
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes L'adolescence, Films about animals, Films about education, Films about children, Films about families, Films about dogs, L'enfance marginalisée, Mise en scène d'un mammifère, Films about school violence
Actors Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Nicholle Tom, Dean Jones, Christopher Castile, Oliver Platt
Roles George Newton
Rating56% 2.8001052.8001052.8001052.8001052.800105
When the film opens, a St. Bernard puppy and a large group of others are stolen from a pet store by two thieves, Harvey (Oliver Platt) and Vernon (Stanley Tucci). After meeting a dog during his escape from the thieves, the St. Bernard sneaks into the home of the Newton family. The workaholic father, George Newton (Charles Grodin), doesn't want the responsibility of owning a dog, but his wife, Alice (Bonnie Hunt), and their children, Ryce, Ted and Emily, convince him otherwise. While trying to name him, Emily (Sarah Rose Karr), plays a portion of Ludwig van Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and he barks along: thus they name him "Beethoven."
Taking Care of Business, 1h47
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Prison films, Sports films, Baseball films
Actors James Belushi, Charles Grodin, Loryn Locklin, Stephen Elliott, Héctor Elizondo, Veronica Hamel
Roles Spencer Barnes
Rating63% 3.1985053.1985053.1985053.1985053.198505
A convicted car thief and diehard Chicago Cubs fan, Jimmy Dworski (Belushi) wins tickets to the World Series. Unfortunately, he still has a couple of days left to serve in prison and the warden (Héctor Elizondo) won't let him leave and come back.
Midnight Run, 2h6
Directed by Martin Brest
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Themes Transport films, Road movies, Buddy films, Chase films
Actors Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, John Ashton, Joe Pantoliano, Dennis Farina
Roles Jonathan Mardukas
Rating75% 3.7986353.7986353.7986353.7986353.798635
Bounty hunter Jack Walsh (De Niro) is enlisted by bail bondsman Eddie Moscone (Pantoliano) to bring accountant Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas (Grodin) back to L.A. The accountant had embezzled $15 million from Chicago mob boss Jimmy Serrano (Farina) before skipping the $450,000 bail Moscone has posted for him. Walsh must bring Mardukas back within five days, or Moscone defaults. Moscone says the job is easy, a "midnight run", but Walsh demands $100,000. Walsh is then approached by FBI Agent Alonzo Mosely (Kotto), who wants Mardukas to be a witness against Serrano and orders Walsh to keep away from Mardukas, but Walsh takes no notice and instead steals Mosely's ID, which he uses to pass himself off as an FBI agent along his journey. Serrano’s henchmen Tony (Richard Foronjy) and Joey (Miranda) offer Walsh $1 million to turn Mardukas over to them, but he turns them down.