Charles Grodin Biography, Wiki
Charles Grodin was an American actor, comedian, author, and television talk show host has died. Grodin began his acting career in the 1960s appearing in TV serials including The Virginian. After a small part in Rosemary’s Baby in 1968, he played the lead in Elaine May’s The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and supporting roles in Mike Nichols’s Catch-22 (1970) and Warren Beatty’s Heaven Can Wait (1978).
Grodin is survived by comedian Marion Grodin, the daughter of his first marriage with Julia Ferguson. Nicholas was born from his second marriage to Elissa Durwood.
Grodin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Orthodox Jewish parents, Lena, who worked in the family store and volunteered for disabled veterans, and Theodore I. Grodin, who sold wholesale supplies. His paternal grandfather had changed the family name from Grodinsky to Grodin. His maternal grandfather was an immigrant from Russia who “came from a long line of rabbis” and moved to the Chesapeake Bay area at the turn of the 20th century. Grodin had an older brother, Jack.
Grodin graduated as valedictorian from Peabody High School, where he was elected class president all four years. He attended the University of Miami but left without graduating to pursue acting. He studied acting at HB Studio in New York City under Uta Hagen.
Before he was a star though, Grodin was struggling to make it big in New York City. He dropped out of the University of Miami to pursue acting and drove cabs and worked as a postal clerk and watchman at night to put himself through acting school. Eventually, his hard work paid off and Grodin earned his Broadway debut in 1962’s ‘Tchin Tchin’. He then enjoyed fame as a leading comedian in several hits in the 60s, 70s, and 80s.
Grodin was also known for his liberal politics and famously clashed with Sean Hannity on Fox News in what seemed like an eternity ago. In 2000, he briefly served as a political commentator for ’60 Minutes II’, after his own show was scrapped on CNBC. He also became known for taking up causes like fair sentencing for drug offenders, and the pro-friendliness movement. Those efforts led to wide recognition, including a citation by then-Governor Pataki in 2004 for his role in helping revise New York’s Rockefeller Drug Laws. Grodin also won the William Kunstler for Racial Justice award.
Charles Grodin has died at the age of 86-years-old.
Wife & Children
Grodin had two children daughter, Marion, from his marriage to Julie Ferguson, and a 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.
Cause of Death
Grodin died from bone marrow cancer at his home in Wilton, Connecticut, on May 18, 2021. He was 86.
A comedian well known for entertaining generations, Charles Grodin has died at the age of 86. The veteran was battling bone marrow cancer and succumbed to the disease after a long battle, his son confirmed on May 18. Known for his comedic genius and political activism, Grodin entertained audiences between the 1960s and 1990s, before moving to cable TV briefly.
His death has stunned millions of fans of all ages, with many taking to social media to mourn the legendary actor. Details of his death aren’t fully available, as his family has chosen to reveal very little. Here’s what we know.
The cause of Grodin’s death has been revealed as cancer, according to his son Nicholas Grodin. It is unclear when Grodin was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer, as he has largely lived a quiet life in Wilton since his retirement in 2017. His last movie credit was the dud ‘An Imperfect Murder’, where he appeared alongside Alec Baldwin, Sienna Miller, and Colleen Camp. The movie was widely panned and currently has a 3.1 rating on IMDb.
Grodin’s death was announced by his son to The New York Times, but he did not provide any further details. Outside of acting, he had a lucrative career as a writer, having penned a large number of plays and books. He also frequently appeared on talk shows like ‘Late Night With David Letterman. In 1977, Grodin won an Emmy alongside seven others for a Paul Simon special.
Tributes were quick to pour in as news of Grodin’s death spread. One person tweeted, “RIP Charles Grodin, an absolute genius”. Another tweeted, “RIP Charles Grodin. He is the last man who ever spoke true words on Fox News.”
R.I.P. Charles Grodin. A brilliant comedy actor. I had the wonderful experience of working with him in my first feature “Real Life” and he was amazing. Rest In Peace, Chuck.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) May 18, 2021
“There’s acting, and then there’s the laser-focused lust Charles Grodin shines on Miss Piggy in THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER. One of a kind” tweeted one person. Filmmaker Albert Brooks tweeted, “R.I.P. Charles Grodin. A brilliant comedy actor. I had the wonderful experience of working with him in my first feature “Real Life” and he was amazing. Rest In Peace, Chuck.”
RIP Charles Grodin. He is the last man who ever spoke true words on Fox News. pic.twitter.com/mgK8oZmfLa
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 18, 2021
Another person said, “RIP Charles Grodin. Ordering a plate of chorizo and eggs in his beloved memory.”
RIP Charles Grodin, an absolute genius pic.twitter.com/11YBdTYrdD
— Steve Agee (@steveagee) May 18, 2021
One user shared a heartwarming story, tweeting, “One time backstage at Letterman, I dropped a glass coffee pot & it smashed in a million pieces & I said, “Oh my god, I’m such an idiot.” I did not know Charles Grodin was behind me & he said “Lots of people are going to call you an idiot in this business. Don’t be one of ‘em!”