Star of ‘The Heartbreak Kid,’ Charles Grodin, dead at 86

Comedic actor Charles Grodin has passed away at the age of 86, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The actor’s passing was confirmed by Grodin’s son Nicholas Grodin, who told The Times that his father had been suffering from bone marrow cancer. Nicholas said his father was surrounded by his wife Elissa and other family members when he passed away on Tuesday at his home in Wilton, Connecticut.

Grodin’s legacy

Grodin’s acting career spans several decades going all the way back to the 1960s. Above all his other performances, Grodin is arguably most well known for his roles in the movies The Heartbreak Kid, Midnight Run, and Beethoven as well as his Broadway performance in Same Time, Next Year.

“With a great sense of deadpan comedy and the kind of Everyman good looks that lend themselves to playing businessmen or curmudgeonly fathers, Mr. Grodin found plenty of work as a supporting player and the occasional lead,” noted The Times.

During his career, Grodin made a number of appearances on late-night talk shows, including 36 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and 17 appearances on Late Night With David Letterman.

At one point in the 1990s, Grodin even hosted his own talk show called The Charles Grodin Show, which aired on MSNBC for three years.

Grodin received a writing Emmy for his work on a 1977 Paul Simon television special and in 1993, won an American Comedy Award for his supporting role in the film Dave. He also wrote a number of autobiographies and plays.

Grodin remembered

Following the news of his passing, a number of celebrities took to Twitter to pay tribute to Grodin.

“RIP Charles Grodin,” wrote actor and comedian Patton Oswalt. “Ordering a plate of chorizo and eggs in his beloved memory.”

“RIP Charles Grodin, so good and sly in so many things, but burned in my memory for his unbridled lust for Miss Piggy,” tweeted writer Michael Schulman.

Comedian and actor Marc Maron tweeted, “RIP Charles Grodin. One of the great cranky comedic geniuses.”

Grodin is survived by his wife, Elissa Grodin, his son Nicholas, his daughter-in-law Aubrey, his granddaughter Geneva, and his daughter Marion.

Share on facebook
Share to Facebook

Latest News