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|Grodin in February 2013|
(1935-04-21) April 21, 1935
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Profession(s)||Actor, author, comedian|
|Wife/Husband||Julie Ferguson (divorced)
Elissa Durwood (1985–present)
Charles Grodin (born April 21, 1935) is an American comedian and writer.
Grodin was born in Pittsburgh. His parents were Orthodox Jews, his mother Lena attended the family store and volunteered for the disabled veterans, and her father, Theodore Grodin, sold supplies in bulk. His maternal grandfather had been a Russian immigrant Jew who came from a long line of rabbis and moved to Pittsburgh at the end of the 19th century. Grodin has an older brother named Jack.
Grodin was a student of Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen and began appearing in several series during the sixties, as in The Virginian and played an obstetrician in the 1968 horror film, Rosemary’s Baby, directed by Roman Polanski. His film debut came in the film (no credits) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, in 1954. In 1965, he began working as assistant director Gene Saks.
After a supporting role in the comedy film Catch-22 of the year 1970, Grodin gained recognition as a comedy actor when he starred in the movie The Heartbreak Kid. Later it appeared in several notable films of that decade, like 11 Harrowhouse, King Kong and the successful comedy Heaven Can Wait. During this period he also appeared frequently in the theaters of Broadway and participated in the production of several plays, such as Same Time, Next Year, with Ellen Burstyn.
In 1977, Grodin produced an episode of Saturday Night Live (for the NBC channel). In 1981 he played a role in The Great Muppet playing Nicky, a jewel thief who falls in love with Miss Piggy. Other performances included Like in the old days, Neil Simon (along with Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn), the comedy Ishtar (from 1987, with Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman) and the comedy Midnight Run (1988).
Grodin’s career took a turn in 1992, when he represented a father in the film Beethoven, with Bonnie Hunt. The film was a surprise blockbuster and Grodin repeated the role in the sequel to 1993. His next role was in Family Things (also known as My Summer Story, 1994), which was a sequel to the movie A Christmas Tale . After a parenthesis of thirteen years, he reappeared in 2007 in the comedy The Ex, directed by Zach Braff.
Between 1995 and 1998 he organized his own talk show, The Charles Grodin (on CNBC). From the year 2000 he became a political commentator for the television program 60 Minutes II.
For much of the 2000s, Grodin quit the world of entertainment to devote himself to becoming a full-time father.In 2006, Grodin received the William Kunstler prize for racial justice.
In the show Late Show with David Letterman, Grodin has a semi-regular appearance, where he usually adopts a false antagonistic attitude.
Grodin has a daughter, Marion, from her first marriage to Julia Ferguson. Grodin and Ferguson later divorced. In 1985 he married Elisa Durwood, with whom he had another son, Nicky (born 1988).
Charles Grodin Net Worth – $12 Million
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