Charles Grodin
American actor
Charles Grodin
Charles Grodin is an American actor, comedian, author, and former cable talk show host. Grodin began his acting career in the 1960s appearing in TV serials including The Virginian. He had a small part as an obstetrician in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby in 1968. In the 1970s he moved into film acting, including playing the lead in The Heartbreak Kid and a supporting role in Catch-22.
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'The Michael J. Fox Show' Casts Candice Bergen And Charles Grodin As Mike's Parents
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Michael J. Fox is extending his TV family: Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin have been tapped as Fox's character's parents on NBC's "The Michael J. Fox Show," according to Deadline. The "Murphy Brown" and "Beethoven" alums will guest star with the potential to recur on the freshman comedy, which sees former news anchorman and current stay-at-home dad Mike Henry (Fox) returning to the job he retired from after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. "Breaking Bad's" Betsy Brandt will play Fox's wife, Annie. Anne Heche has been booked for a multi-episode arc as Susan Rodriguez-Jones, the new anchor at NBC 4. She’s described as a “sharp, savvy and tough-as-nails anchor who was Mike’s producer many years ago when they worked together in Orlando." Governor Chris Christie is also set to appear as himself, and Fox recently told reporters that they plan to "mine old friendships and old working relationships" when casting guest stars. "The Michael J. Fox Show" premieres Thursday, September ...
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Exclusive: Charles Grodin to play Naomi Watts' father in Noah Baumbach movie
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Jeff Sneider LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Charles Grodin is returning to the big screen, playing Naomi Watts' father in Noah Baumbach's indie "While We're Young," TheWrap has learned. It will be Grodin's first feature film in seven years. He was last seen alongside Zach Braff and Jason Bateman in the 2006 comedy "The Ex." Watts and Ben Stiller star as a married couple that strikes up an unlikely friendship with a free-spirited younger couple, to be played by Adam Driver ("Girls") and Amanda Seyfried ("Lovelace"). ...
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Anthony Papa: Randy Credico Makes the Ballot for NYC Mayor
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Randy Credico, a celebrated political satirist and activist, who made a run for Senator Chuck Schumer's seat in 2009 but failed to get enough valid signatures on the ballot because his campaign had been infiltrated, has succeeded this time and has made the ballot for NYC Mayor. Credico who can be pretty funny at times is dead serious in his campaign to become the mayor of NYC. Recently he was interviewed on NY1's award winning political talk show Inside City Hall with Errol Louis. In that interview Credico revealed his platform which represents the most progressive voice in politics today which includes calling for the end of the war on drugs, ending the racist stop-and-frisk police policies and taxing Wall Street. Sometimes in life you meet people that will change you forever. This is what happened to me when I met Randy in 1997. I don't know if it was destiny or by chance that our lives crossed paths. All I know is that our partnership gave birth to a street move ...
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JGL, Lucy Liu Invited To Join the Academy (Wait, They Weren't Already Members?)
MTV News - over 3 years
Today the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 276 people from in front of and behind the camera to join the organization and, more importantly, vote annually for the Oscars. The list contains names of several great filmmakers and actors who broke through in the recent years, like "Looper" director Rian Johnson, Lena Dunham, and Jack Huston from "Boardwalk Empire," but several of the invitees are pretty surprising, not in that they were invited, but that it took so long. These are the actors we were surprised aren't already in the Academy — and how we imagine they reacted when they got the news. Chris Tucker Paula Patton Charles Grodin Emily Mortimer Lance Henriksen Jennifer Lopez Jason Schwartzman Rosario Dawson Jason Bateman Lucy Liu Joseph Gordon-Levitt Emmanuella Riva
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Video: Charles Grodin admits he hasn't heard everything yet
CBS News - over 3 years
Since he quit acting in 1994, Charles Grodin has been a talk show host, author, and radio commentator. Grodin discusses his new book, "Just When I'd Thought I'd Heard Everything," with the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts.
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Mark Rubinstein: Physics Can Be Fatal: A Talk With Elissa Grodin
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Elissa Grodin's father founded AMC Theaters and invented multiplex and megaplex movie theaters. She has an extensive background in film. Elissa studied film at Dartmouth College, and painting at the New York School of Visual Arts. Living in London, she wrote for the London Times Literary Supplement, reviewing books and films. After moving to New York, she worked for Twentieth Century Fox, reading novels to be optioned for film rights. As a freelance journalist, she was on assignment for American Film Magazine and interviewed Charles Grodin, the actor and writer. They were married a year later. She wrote six children's books, one being fiction. Physics Can be Fatal is her first adult novel. Your publisher is Cozy Cat Press, specializing in cozy mysteries. Why cozy mysteries? My mother introduced me to Agatha Christie when I was a child. She remains one of my favorite writers. Agatha Christie had a profound influence on me. What other important influences hav ...
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Cameron Frye: Muppets and the Married Man
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
"Well, you confused me." That was the excuse I was given this time. The confusing question I asked him? "So, what are you doing tonight?" Evidently, I'm not allowed to be nosy when in the company of Muppets. The easily-confused man in question is a music writer, and that's about all you're going to get. Sometimes, we have to protect the no-so-"innocent," and I'm not about to destroy anyone. I don't know why he started talking to me. I'm kind of an ass -- adorable, but an ass. But, it was nice to talk to someone as warped and twisted as I am and could appreciate well-timed inappropriate humor. One Friday night, I was home with a roommate and during our viewing of The Great Muppet Caper(It truly is cinematic magic and Charles Grodin's best performance), I figured I'd message a few people and see who was lame like me. I messaged him and asked, "What are you up to tonight?" The usually cool guy started freaking out. I explained I was just making conversation and apol ...
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WATCH: Well, We Didn't Expect This From Him
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Michael Cera released his first video for the comedy collective JASH this week, and few could have seen this type of work coming from Cera. Instead of doing the kind of brief, gag-filled short to which the Internet is accustomed, the "Arrested Development" actor (and on the upcoming season of the show, staff writer) directed and co-wrote a 20-minute film based on a short story written by Bruce Jay Friedman in 1966. In adapting the story to film, Cera collaborated with the now 82-year-old Friedman, who also wrote the screenplays for "The Heartbreak Kid" and "Splash." He also enlisted the talents of Charles Grodin to play his father, character actor Jack O'Connell to portray his boss, as well as the singer Kelis and songwriter Adam Schlesinger. We don't want to give too much away, but Cera's film is a very darkly funny look at the intersection of art and humiliation. Check out the video above to watch the film in its entirety.
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John Farr: For Spring, the 10 Best Road Movies Ever
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
With spring gently settling on the East Coast, I feel once again I've emerged from a confining cocoon of my own making. I don't like cold, I don't like snow, I don't like winter sports. For me, everything goes decidedly downhill (no pun intended) after New Year's. But now, I'm renewed. I raise my face to the sun, and movie fanatic that I am, I hear Groucho's voice ringing in my ears: "Sing ho! For the open highway! Sing ho! For the open road!" (Anyone remember the movie?) Now seems like just the right time to talk about road movies, that bounteous staple of film that almost warrants its own subgenre. It all stems from something basic in our human nature: the instinct to move, roam, and explore. Being evolved, reasoning creatures, our desire to travel only increases in more pleasant weather. Going all the way back to Homer's Odyssey, some of our finest stories take place on voyages or quests of some kind, where our hero (or heroine) not only experiences ne ...
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Star: 'Lost in Thailand' clicked with modern focus
Seattle Pi - almost 4 years
Star: 'Lost in Thailand' clicked with modern focus Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 5:56 pm, Thursday, March 28, 2013 The historical epic, fantasy, action and thriller genres have long filled China's domestic movie screens. The movie starts with the executive hardened by cutthroat business competition and worn out by family troubles. [...] Xu Lang realizes he's had his priorities all wrong. Xu has no plan yet for a sequel, but the state-run Xinhua News Agency has reported studios are lining up to "chase the craze" and a burst of such films could hit Chinese screens this year. [...] a hint can be found in the title, which is the same as one of two Chinese names given to "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," the 1987 Hollywood comedy starring Steve Martin and John Candy about a man trying to get home for Thanksgiv ...
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When Tina Fey Thinks 'SNL' Should End
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The fact that Tina Fey has a new movie coming out next week seems like serendipitous timing. It was just a little over six weeks ago that her critically adored (but ratings deficient) television series, "30 Rock," ended its seven-season run. Now, having digested that, we're presented with the next chapter of Fey's career: full-time movie star. (Or "movie participant," as she says.) In "Admission," Fey plays an admissions officer at Princeton who goes to bat for an academically lacking, yet brilliant student who was brought to her attention by a high school administrator, played by Paul Rudd. We spoke to Fey by phone (after she had just signed off Skype with a Russian dialect coach for her upcoming role in "The Muppets ... Again!") about finally working with Rudd, her favorite moments from the well-received finale of "30 Rock" and, if the day comes that Lorne Michaels decides to leave "Saturday Night Live," whether Fey would be interested in the job. While watching "Admis ...
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'Identity Thief' review: A case of fraud
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
'Identity Thief' review: A case of fraud Think of this as a movie review or as just a friendly warning from a like-minded individual: "Identity Thief" looked really good from a distance. [...] it looked like it couldn't miss. Melissa McCarthy has emerged in the last two years as one of the funniest and most promising comic actresses around, and the idea of matching her exuberant relentlessness with Jason Bateman's long-suffering sardonicism (yes, that's really a word) seemed inspired. McCarthy plays Diana, a Florida woman who has made a life of stealing people's identities, getting fake credit cards under the stolen name and running up enormous bills. The concept of one person stealing another's identity might be amusing in the abstract, but the minute you start filling in the details, it becomes the stuff of drama, not comedy. [...] Identity Thief" seems to be an attempt to wed a hot topic to the structure of "Midnight Run," the 1988 classic starring Robert ...
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Gene Marks: 8 Things the President Can Do to Win Over the Business Community
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Congratulations to President Obama on his reelection. I like him, but I didn't vote for him. I still believe his opponent (now what was his name again?) would've been friendlier to the business community. But that's not important. What's important is that our President has been reelected. But here's a warning, Mr. Obama: the next few years aren't gonna be easy. The House is still solidly Republican. The business community is wary. Your party only holds a small majority in the Senate. You won by a mere two percent of the popular vote. More than half of the states' governors oppose you. And, worst of all, your daughters are entering their teenage years. Yeesh. Short of suggesting a lot of patience and even more heavy drinking, I really don't have much advice to offer for you there. But I do have eight ideas for how you can win over the business community during your next term. 1. Like most business owners, before I hire a new employee I interview him or her. Some co ...
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Break Free of the Bracelet!
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
See stuff for free with our handy free show guide. by Ned Lannamann and Lex Chase MusicfestNW is discriminatory. If you are lacking money—or wrists—there's no way you'll be able to wear one of their coveted festival bracelets. Never fear, you tender wristless pauper, because we've rounded up all the free shows and events going on during MusicfestNW (and there's lots) so that you can get yourself a piece of the action. Leave the wallet at home, because all these shows are NO WRISTBAND REQUIRED. ___________________________________________________________ Don't Follow Me (I'm Lost): A Film About Bobby Bare Jr. Journeyman songwriter Bobby Bare Jr. gets the documentary treatment, and you get a welcome break from live bands. Sit down, watch a movie, and enjoy the introduction from director William Miller. We bet at some point during the film, Bare Jr. will make one of those pop-smack sounds with his mouth. • Wednesday, Septemb ...
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Charles Grodin on 'Huckabee'
Fox News - over 4 years
Actor helping those unfairly imprisoned
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Rabbit Run Theater in Madison takes a big bite out of Dickens with Nicholas Nickleby
Cleveland.com - over 4 years
The barn theater opened for business in July 1946, hosting the likes of Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy (1952), Charles Grodin (1954 and 1956), Sandy Dennis (1961) and Dustin Hoffman (1962). By adding "Nicholas Nickleby" to the mix, Brint Learned, executive director of Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, the nonprofit group that runs Rabbit Run Theater, has written another notable chapter in the venue's storied history.
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'Ishtar': Seven Myths Regarding The Legendary Flop
Moviefone Blog - almost 5 years
"If all of the people who hate 'Ishtar' had seen it, I would be a rich woman today." So said Elaine May in 2006, two decades after the Warren Beatty-Dustin Hoffman comedy she wrote and directed had become synonymous with "extravagant flop." (The film grossed $14.4 million on a $55 million budget.) Up until May 22, 1987 (the day it opened in theaters, 25 years ago), advance buzz on "Ishtar" was contentious; it was either a brilliant comic masterpiece or a textbook case of overreach on the part of two giant Hollywood egos to whom no one could say, "No." After the film's release... same thing. To this day, the movie is roundly mocked for its alleged awfulness (often by people who've never seen it), while a passionate cult of fans insists it's a lost work of misunderstood genius that never got its proper due from critics or moviegoers. The truth lies somewhere in the middle. The movie is far from being unwatchable, as its detractors complain; nor is it as unrelentingly funny as its s ...
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Funeral For Msgr. Lolio Friday Morning
East Greenwich Patch - almost 5 years
The mood was subdued at the parish office at Our Lady of Mercy Church on Monday. There was an air of disbelief, following the previous day's news that the Rev. Monsignor John W. Lolio had died early Sunday after falling and hitting his head. “He said the Mass Saturday night. Everybody’s stunned and shocked,” said parish secretary Jean Chappell, who had worked with Msgr. Lolio for his entire 20-year tenure at OLM. “He was a gentle, caring, understanding person.” Fr. Charles Grondin, associate pastor at OLM for the past five years, echoed Chappell’s words. “He was caring, gentle and peaceful,” said Grondin. “He was good with everybody. Everyone felt comfortable with him, at ease.” At Our Lady of Mercy School, just across the street from the church, Principal Sr. Jeanne Barry, R.S.M., said they started the day off with morning prayer all together in the gym. “They were quiet as mice,” she said. “He was always wonderful with the kids. During the First Friday Masses, he would ...
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Cal Thomas Column: Give 'Em 'L', Mitt
News Busters - almost 5 years
In the 1993 movie "Dave" the faux president (played by Kevin Kline) calls in his best friend (played by Charles Grodin) and they stay up all night balancing the federal budget, not by raising taxes, but by cutting unnecessary and wasteful spending. If only it were that easy. Most presidents have talked about cutting spending, but few succeed because Congress holds the power of the purse and is reluctant to give it up. There have been serious and not so serious attempts to reduce government spending, from Ronald Reagan's Grace Commission to something called OMB Circular A-76, a memo from the Office of Management and Budget to all federal agencies that has been around in one form or another over several administrations. A-76's 2003 revision calls for the identification of "all activities performed by government personnel as either commercial or inherently governmental." To borrow a song from the musical, "Annie Get Your Gun," commercial ventures should look at government ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Grodin
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2009
    Age 73
    His book How I Got To Be Whoever It Is I Am came out in April 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Grodin has two children: daughter Marion (a comedian), from his marriage to Julie Ferguson, and 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. Grodin is mentioned as a hero of Mac and Dennis in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • 2007
    Age 71
    His book, If I Only Knew Then Learning from Our Mistakes was released in November 2007 by Springboard Press.
    More Details Hide Details It is a collection of essays from his famous friends (and friends of friends), with all author proceeds going to the Help USA charity.
  • 2004
    Age 68
    In 2004, Grodin wrote The Right Kind of People, an Off-Broadway play about co-op boards in certain buildings in Manhattan.
    More Details Hide Details Grodin's commentaries continue to be heard on New York City radio station WCBS and other affiliates of the CBS Radio Network, as well as on the CBS Radio Network's Weekend Roundup. He is also a best-selling author; his works include It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here, Just When I Thought I'd Heard Everything: Humorous Observations on Life in America and How I Get Through Life.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1995
    Age 59
    From 1995 to 1998, Grodin hosted his own issues-oriented talk show, The Charles Grodin Show, on CNBC and, starting in 2000, became a political commentator for 60 Minutes II.
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  • 1993
    Age 57
    The film was a box-office hit, and he reprised the role in the 1993 sequel, Beethoven's 2nd.
    More Details Hide Details After a supporting role in the acclaimed Ivan Reitman comedy Dave, Grodin took a lead role in It Runs in the Family (a.k.a. My Summer Story), which received a limited theatrical release in 1994. That same year also saw the much-delayed release of Clifford, in which Grodin portrayed the frustrated uncle opposite Martin Short's title role. After a 12-year-long hiatus from film, Grodin returned to acting in the Zach Braff comedy The Ex (2006). Grodin made more frequent acting appearances in the 2010s. After guest starring on television shows such as The Michael J. Fox Show and starring in a recurring role on Louie, Grodin had several supporting roles in films, including Barry Levinson's The Humbling and Noah Baumbach's While We're Young.
  • 1992
    Age 56
    Grodin's career took a turn in 1992, when he played the nervous family man George Newton in the kids' comedy Beethoven, opposite Bonnie Hunt.
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  • 1986
    Age 50
    Grodin also appeared in the 1986 CBS mini-series sendup Fresno, playing the evil son of a raisin matriarch (Carol Burnett).
    More Details Hide Details His Hollywood film roles of the 1980s usually saw him cast as uptight, bland and world-weary white collar professionals, such as a psychiatrist having a nervous breakdown (The Couch Trip), a health conscious accountant (Midnight Run), an ineffectual advertising executive (Taking Care of Business), and a lonely, socially awkward nerd (The Lonely Guy). He was cast against this type as a scheming CIA agent in Ishtar. Commenting on his work with regard to Ishtar, Hal Hinson in the Washington Post observed: "Grodin has a one-of-a-kind quality on the screen, a sort of inspired spinelessness. And with his cat-burglar rhythms – he seems to play all his scenes as if someone were asleep in the next room – he's become a very sly scene-stealer." Sandra Brennan at Rovi noted that: "Whereas many funnymen have been popular for their ability to overreact and mug their way around everyday obstacles, Grodin belonged, from the beginning, to the Bob Newhart school of wry comedy that values understatement and subtlety."
  • FORTIES
  • 1981
    Age 45
    In 1981, he landed in a role in The Great Muppet Caper playing Nicky Holiday, a jewel thief who falls in love with Miss Piggy.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared that same year opposite Lily Tomlin in The Incredible Shrinking Woman. His 1980s roles included Neil Simon's Seems Like Old Times (opposite Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn) and 1988's well-reviewed comedy Midnight Run, a buddy movie co-starring Robert De Niro.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1974
    Age 38
    Grodin subsequently appeared in several films during the decade, including 11 Harrowhouse in 1974, the 1976 version of King Kong and the hit 1978 comedy Heaven Can Wait.
    More Details Hide Details During the 1970s, he also frequently appeared on Broadway and was involved in producing several plays.
  • 1970
    Age 34
    After a supporting role in the 1970 comedy film Catch-22, Grodin gained recognition as a comedy actor when he played the lead role in the 1972 film The Heartbreak Kid.
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  • 1969
    Age 33
    He also directed Simon and Garfunkel's television special Songs of America in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details However, he turned down the part of Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate because of the low salary offered by producer Lawrence Turman, although Turman assured him that the part would make him a star, as it ultimately did for Dustin Hoffman.
  • 1968
    Age 32
    Grodin had a small part playing an obstetrician in the 1968 horror film, Rosemary's Baby.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 29
    In 1965, he became an assistant to director Gene Saks and appeared on several television series including The Virginian.
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  • 1964
    Age 28
    In 1964, he played Matt Stevens on the ABC soap opera the Young Marrieds.
    More Details Hide Details During the late 1960s, he also co-wrote and directed Hooray! It's a Glorious Day and All That, a Broadway play, and directed Lovers and Other Strangers and Thieves, also on Broadway.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1954
    Age 18
    Grodin's film debut was an uncredited bit part in Disney's 1954 film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
    More Details Hide Details A student of Lee Strasberg and Uta Hagen, he made his Broadway debut in a production of Tchin-Tchin, opposite Anthony Quinn.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Born
    Born on April 21, 1935.
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