Charles Grodin, the multitalented actor and author, died today at the age of 86 from bone cancer. Mr. Grodin, whose acting career spanned over 60 years worked in feature films, television and on Broadway.
His first role was an uncredited part in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. He then transitioned to television making guest appearances until his role in the feature film Rosemary’s Baby. For the rest of his career Charles Grodin alternated between feature films, television movies and tv series. Along the way, Mr. Grodin wrote plays, books, hosted his own talk show and was a political commentator for 60 Minutes.
Before researching Charles Grodin’s acting resume, I would have said that the first time I saw him was in Rosemary’s Baby. I would have been wrong. Prior to that film, Mr. Grodin had made appearances on television programs for well over a decade. I must have seen him in The F.B.I., Captain Nice, or The Guns of Will Sonnet first.
My favorite Charles Grodin movie role was in Midnight Run with Robert DeNiro. I’m surprised there never was a sequel since Midnight Run was so well received by critics and fans. Other memorable Charles Grodin movie appearances included roles in King Kong, Heaven Can Wait, Seems Like Old Times, and Beethoven.
Charles Grodin was able to stay active over the length of his acting career (on stage and screen), had the talent to write plays, memoirs, screenplays, an award-winning television special as well as host his own show — all of this is evidence of his many talents.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Charles Grodin’s family, friends and fans.