Midnight Run actor Charles Grodin dies of bone marrow cancer at his Connecticut home at the age of 86

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Midnight Run actor Charles Grodin dies of bone marrow cancer at the age of 86 in his Connecticut home after starring in a string of hits including Seems Like Old Times and Beethoven

  • Hollywood comedian Charles Grodin has passed away at the age of 86
  • The character actor passed away on Tuesday at his home in Wilton, Connecticut
  • The cause of death was bone marrow cancer, his son Nicholas told NYT
  • The Pennsylvania native was best known for his 1988 movie Midnight Run starring Robert De Niro
  • And he was also in the 1980 comedy Seems Like Old Times with Goldie Hawn
  • Grodin also played the clothed father in the two Beethoven films
  • He was known for his sprawling comedy that made him a solid sidekick in Hollywood movies and also helped him score roles in the theater.

Hollywood staple Charles Grodin has passed away at the age of 86.

The character actor passed away on Tuesday at his home in Wilton, Connecticut. The cause of death was bone marrow cancer, his son Nicholas said The New York Times.

The Pennsylvania native was best known for his 1988 film Midnight Run starring Robert De Niro and the 1980 comedy Seems Like Old Times starring Goldie Hawn.

He was known for his sprawling comedy style that made him a solid sidekick in Hollywood movies and also helped him land roles in plays such as Broadway’s Same Time Next Year.

Sad Loss: Hollywood staple Charles Grodin has passed away at the age of 86. The actor died on Tuesday at his home in Wilton, Connecticut. Seen in 2006

Big hit: The Pennsylvania native was best known for his 1988 film Midnight Run starring Robert De Niro.  He was the accountant who stole from the mafia next to De Niro's tough bounty hunter

Big hit: The Pennsylvania native was best known for his 1988 film Midnight Run starring Robert De Niro. He was the accountant who stole from the mafia next to De Niro’s tough bounty hunter

The actor left the University of Miami to get his start in the theater, where his biggest success was Same Time Next Year with Ellen Burstyn.

He then moved to Los Angeles to take a shot at Hollywood movies, getting his start in a small role as a drummer boy in 20.00 Leagues Under the Sea in 1954.

He landed his first major role on the TV show The Marrieds in which he played Matt Crane Stevens.

After several guest starring roles on such shows as The Felony Squad, Iron Horse, NYPD and The Big Valley, he landed a role as Dr Hill in Roman Polanski’s 1968 thriller Rosemary’s Baby starring Mia Farrow.

A classic: He stood out more in the 1972 film The Heartbreak Kid, in which he played Lenny Cantrow opposite Cybill Shepherd.  The film was about a newly married man on his honeymoon who doubts his marriage and falls in love with another woman.

A classic: He stood out more in the 1972 film The Heartbreak Kid, in which he played Lenny Cantrow opposite Cybill Shepherd. The film was about a newly married man on his honeymoon who doubts his marriage and falls in love with another woman.

Hot pairing: In 1979, he starred with Charlie's Angels vet Farrah Fawcett in director Richard Sarafian Hemdale's film Sunburn

Hot pairing: In 1979, he starred with Charlie’s Angels vet Farrah Fawcett in director Richard Sarafian Hemdale’s film Sunburn

He was more notable in the 1972 film The Heartbreak Kid, in which he played Lenny Cantrow opposite Cybill Shepherd. The film was about a newly married man on his honeymoon who has second thoughts about marrying his wife (played by Jeannie Berlin) and falls in love with a beautiful blonde (shepherd).

That led to a role as Fred Wilson in the 1976 mega hit King Kong with Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange.

In 1978 he had a supporting role in the big budget Heaven Can Wait with Warren Beatty.

The following year, Charles starred with Charlie’s Angels vet Farrah Fawcett in director Richard Sarafian Hemdale’s film Sunburn.

Dog-going good: And he landed a 1992 blockbuster with Beethoven about an unruly dog ​​wreaking havoc on a suburban family.  That movie was continued in 1993. Seen with Christopher Castile, Sarah Rose Karr, Bonnie Hunt, Nicholle Tom

Dog-going good: And he landed a 1992 blockbuster movie with Beethoven about an unruly dog ​​who wreaks havoc on a suburban family. That movie was continued in 1993. Seen with Christopher Castile, Sarah Rose Karr, Bonnie Hunt, Nicholle Tom

Another: a look at the sequel to Beethoven's 1993 2nd. The director was Rod Daniel

Another: a look at the sequel to Beethoven’s 1993 2nd. The director was Rod Daniel

And in 1980, he was the stuffed suit next to Chevy Chase’s smooth talker in the movie Seems Like Old Times, starring Hawn. The movie was a box office dynamo.

Next came 1981’s The Incredible Shrinking Woman and The Great Muppet Caper.

In 1986 he tried his hand again on TV with Fresno, in which he played Cane Kensington.

Smart Trio: And in 1980, he was the stuffed suit next to Chevy Chase's smooth talker in the movie Seems Like Old Times, starring Goldie Hawn.  The movie was a box office dynamo

Smart Trio: And in 1980, he was the stuffed suit next to Chevy Chase’s smooth talker in the movie Seems Like Old Times, starring Goldie Hawn. The movie was a box office dynamo

He went back to movies in 1987 with the huge flop Ishtar with Beatty; he played Jim Harrison.

But one of his biggest hits came just a year later with Midnight Run. He was the accountant who stole from the mafia next to De Niro’s tough bounty hunter.

And he got a 1992 blockbuster hit with Beethoven about an unruly dog ​​who wreaks havoc on a suburban family. That film was continued in 1993.

Hilarious Combination: One of his highlights towards the end of his career was working with Ben Stiller on the comedy While We're Young in 2014

Hilarious Combination: One of his highlights towards the end of his career was working with Ben Stiller on the comedy While We’re Young in 2014

He also stood out for his roles on Clifford and The Humbling. Other TV shows were Louise and Madoff. And he even made an attempt to be a presenter in the 1990s.

One of his highlights towards the end of his career was working with Ben Stiller on the comedy While We’re Young in 2014.

His last role was in the 2017 film An Imperfect Murder.

With a Friend: Charles with actress Naomi Watts at the 2013 film premiere of Captain Phillips in New York

With a Friend: Charles with actress Naomi Watts at the 2013 film premiere of Captain Phillips in New York

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