Actor Charles Grodin has died at the age of 86.
Grodin, best known for films such as Midnight Run, The Heartbreak Kid and Beethoven, died of bone marrow cancer, his son Nicholas told The New York Times.
His career has seen him on big and small screens as well as on stage while writing books. His first film was an uncredited role in Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1954 just before making his Broadway debut in Tchin-Tchin opposite Anthony Quinn.
In the 1960s, Grodin starred in Rosemary’s Baby and wrote and directed plays for Broadway. This decade has also seen him turned down the lead role of The Graduate due to the low pay offered. He rose to prominence in the 1970s with films such as Catch-22, The Heartbreak Kid, and Heaven Can Wait. He also won an Emmy in 1978 for writing on The Paul Simon Special.
He then starred in Midnight Run alongside Robert De Niro, Beethoven and Dave. He also became known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and other late-night talk shows, but was also briefly banned from the Johnny Carson Show for offending the host.
In recent years he has appeared in Noah Baumbach’s While I’m Young and Law & Order: SVU. In 2009, he published his last memoir How I Became Anyone. His last big screen role saw him star alongside Sienna Miller and Alec Baldwin in A Flawed Murder.
“I never complain about anything, because I am aware of what is going on around me, and I am also aware that there are a lot of very talented people who never even find a job in show business,” he told AV. Club in 2009. “It’s just because they can’t handle rejection, and I can handle it, and I’m used to it. “
Grodin died at his home in Connecticut, after spending his career refusing to move to Los Angeles and stay with his family. “What I haven’t done in 30 years in film is build relationships with people who can help me,” he told the New York Times in 1995. “I would have” could score a lot if I had moved to Hollywood and entered the social scene. “
Tributes arrived on Twitter from colleagues and those who respected his work. Comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted: “I loved Charles Grodin so much. He would break my balls and give me so much shit in a way that left me with no choice but to laugh with joy. Never mean, just quick and brilliant. »Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted: “RIP Charles Grodin. Order a plate of chorizo and eggs in his beloved memory.
Grodin is survived by his two children.