Dry and droll comedic actor Charles Grodin sadly passed away today. Younger generations will remember him best as the dad and reluctant St. Bernard owner from the "Beethoven" movies. Grodin, however, leaves behind a long legacy of movie and TV roles.
Grodin's first feature film was the horror classic "Rosemary's Baby." He followed that up with a supporting role in Mike Nichols' darkly comedic anti-war pic "Catch-22." But his big breakout would come a few years later in the rom-com "The Heartbreak Kid." Grodin starred alongside actress and model Cybill Shepherd in the acclaimed and Oscar-nominated comedy. In 1978, Grodin co-starred in Warren Beatty's "Heaven Can Wait," another highly praised, and Oscar-nominated comedy. A decade later Grodin found critical acclaim once again in the crime comedy "Midnight Run" with Robert De Niro. This was De Niro's first turn in a comedic role. Years later De Niro credited much of the film's legacy to Grodin and his delightfully irritating Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas.
Other key roles of Grodin's include appearances in "The Great Muppet Caper," "Ishtar," "Dave," "Heart and Souls," and "Clifford." Most recently Grodin appeared in Noah Baumbach's "While We're Young" and Taylor Hackford's "The Comedian." The latter of which was an on-screen reunion with his "Midnight Run" co-star De Niro.
Along with his film legacy, Grodin appeared in numerous TV roles. Grodin was a regular guest on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson" and "Late Night with David Letterman" and even hosted his own short-lived late night show in the '90s. Grodin also took a serious turn as a political correspondent on "60 Minutes II."
We honor the late Charles Grodin with a selection of photos and a look back at his career.
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