Charles Grodin Biography
Charles Grodin was an American actor, comedian, author, and television talk show host. He was best recognized for films like “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Midnight Run” alongside Robert De Niro, and the “Beethoven” family dog movies. He also starred in “Dave,” “The Woman in Red,” and “Heaven Can Wait.” On Broadway, he starred with Ellen Burstyn in the long-running 1970s comedy “Same Time, Next Year.”
In the 1990s, Grodin made his mark as a liberal commentator on radio and TV. He had his own CNBC talk show in the 1990s and was a frequent late night talk show guest, regularly appearing as a foil on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and on “Late Night With David Letterman.” He moved to MSNBC and then to CBS’ “60 Minutes II.”
He also wrote plays and television scripts, winning an Emmy for his work on a 1997 Paul Simon special. Grodin wrote several books humorously ruminating on his ups and downs in show business, including 1989’s “It Would Be So Nice If You Weren’t Here: My Journey Through Show Business.”
Born in Pittsburgh, Penn, April 21, 1935, Grodin dropped out of the University of Miami to pursue acting. The up-and-coming actor auditioned for the title role in Mike Nichols’ 1967 film “The Graduate,” but the part for what became a classic went instead to Dustin Hoffman.
Grodin had a small role as the obstetrician Dr. Hill in 1968’s “Rosemary’s Baby” and was part of the large cast of Nichols’ adaptation of “Catch-22,” but he gained wide notice in the 1972 Elaine May comedy “The Heartbreak Kid,” starring as a self-absorbed newlywed who abandons his neurotic bride to pursue a beautiful, wealthy blonde played by Cybill Shepherd.
Grodin played in a lavish 1976 film remake of “King Kong” as the greedy showman who brings the big ape to New York. (The World Trade Center replaced the Empire State Building in the climax.) He was Warren Beatty’s devious lawyer in “Heaven Can Wait,” and Gene Wilder’s friend in “The Woman in Red.”
Grodin played a roguish thief who wooed Miss Piggy for ulterior motives in 1981’s “The Great Muppet Caper.” In 1988′s “Midnight Run,” Grodin excelled as the pestering, bail-jumping mob accountant. “Beethoven” brought him success in the family-animal comedy genre in 1992. He reprised the role of the exasperated father George Newtown, owner of a slobbering St. Bernard, for the 1993 sequel “Beethoven’s 2nd.”
He returned to the big screen in 2006 as Zach Braff’s know-it-all father-in-law in “The Ex.” More recent credits include “The Comedian” and appearances on the TV series “Louie.” His last credit was the 2017 movie, “An Imperfect Murder.”
Charles Grodin Net Worth
Charles Grodin’s net worth is approximated to be $12 million.
Charles Grodin Death
Grodin died on May 18, 2021, at age 86 at his home in Wilton, Connecticut. His death was confirmed by his son, actor Nicholas Grodin.
Charles Grodin Cause of Death
Charles Grodin’s cause of death was bone marrow cancer.
Charles Grodin Age
Charles Grodin was born on April 21, 1935, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. He passed on, on May 18, 2021, in Wilton, Connecticut. He was then 86.
Charles Grodin Wife
Charles Grodin was married twice. He was married to his first wife, Julia Ferguson, and the marriage ended in divorce. He married his second wife, Elissa Durwood, in 1983.
Charles Grodin Children
Grodin and his first wife, Julia Ferguson, had a daughter, comedian Marion Grodin. The marriage ended in divorce. He and his second wife, Elissa Durwood, had a son, Nicholas Theodore Grodin.
Charles Grodin Height
Charles Grodin was 6 feet 1 inches (1.85 m) tall.