Charles Grodin

Birth Day April 21st, 1935
Birth Place Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Age 89 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Taurus

Charles Sidney Grodin famed as Charles Grodin was an award-winning American actor, comedian, author, as well as television talk show host who is famous for his lead role in Elaine May's "The Heartbreak Kid" (1972) and supporting roles in Mike Nichols's "Catch-22" (1970) and Warren Beatty's "Heaven Can Wait" (1978). After that, he appeared in several movies and shows including Real Life (1979), Seems Like Old Times (1980),  The Great Muppet Caper (1981), Ishtar (1987), Dave (1993), Clifford (1994), Midnight Run (1988), Beethoven (1992), While We're Young (2014). as well as on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Late Night with David Letterman. As a TV talk show host, he became a talk show host on CNBC and in 2000 a political commentator for 60 Minutes II. During his career life story, he had won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special in 1978 for the "Paul Simon Special" and also won Best Actor at the 1988 Valladolid International Film Festival for "Midnight Run". 

Beethoven and The Heartbreak Kid actor dies aged 86


Charles Grodin started his acting career in the 1960s appearing firstly in the TV serial "The Virginian" and then "Rosemary's Baby" in the year 1968. His film debut was an uncredited bit part in Disney's 1954 film "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". He was also a prolific author and published his final book in 2013. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor-Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for "The Heartbreak Kid" in 1972 and won the American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his performance in "Dave" in 1993. Sadly, Charles Grodin dies at 86 on Tuesday at his home in Wilton, Conn. due to bone marrow cancer which was revealed by his son, Nicholas. 

Early Life

With the born name of Charles Sidney Grodin, he took birth on 21st April 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the USA. He held American nationality and belonged to American-White ethnicity. By religion, he had faith in Jewish and his Zodiac sign was Taurus as per his birth date. His race was White. Lastly, he celebrated his 86th birthday. 

About his family, he was born to Orthodox Jewish parents; Lena (née Singer), who worked in the family store and volunteered for disabled veterans, and Theodore I. Grodin, who sold wholesale supplies. His paternal grandfather had changed the family name from Grodinsky to Grodin. His maternal grandfather was an immigrant from Russia who "came from a long line of rabbis" and moved to Chesapeake at the turn of the 20th century. He also had a sibling; an older brother named Jack. 

Concerning his educational background, Charles attended the University of Miami but left without graduating to pursue acting. After that, he studied acting at HB Studio in New York City under Uta Hagen.

Personal Life

Charles Grodin Family


A married man, Charles Grodin was married two times during his lifetime. His first wife's name was Elissa Durwood and his second wife's name was Julie Ferguson. He had two children; a daughter, Marion (a comedian), from his marriage to Julie Ferguson, and a son, Nicholas, from his marriage to Elissa Durwood (author). His sexual orientation was straight. Prior to his death, he was enjoying his life with his wife, Julie, and his kids. 

Charles Grodin and his first wife, Elissa Durwood

Source: @famousfix

Net Worth

Well-recognized and appreciated actor, Charles Grodin's net worth was estimated to have $12 Million at the time of his death. He had appeared in many movies and shows during his entire career. Thus, his major source of wealth was from the entertainment industry. Undoubtedly he was one of the most famous faces on TV over the last few decades, he's appeared in everything from the 1972 movie "The Heartbreak Kid" and classic 1990s family comedy "Beethoven" alongside Bonnie Hunt, to his own talk show, "The Charles Grodin Show", with his final role coming in 2017 with "An Imperfect Murder". Whereas his career earning and salary is still to get disclosed yet. Prior to his death, he was living a luxurious lifestyle. 


  • 1954 - "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"
  • 1964 - "Sex and the College Girl"
  • 1968 - "Rosemary's Baby"
  • 1970 - "Catch-22"
  • 1972 - "The Heartbreak Kid"
  • 1974 - "11 Harrowhouse", "Paradise"
  • 1976 - "King Kong"
  • 1977 - "Thieves"
  • 1978 - "Heaven Can Wait"
  • 1979 - "Real Life", "Sunburn"
  • 1980 - "It's My Turn", "Seems Like Old Times"
  • 1981 - "The Incredible Shrinking Woman"
  • 1984 - "The Lonely Guy"
  • 1985 - "Movers & Shakers"
  • 1986 - "Last Resort"
  • 1987 - "Ishtar"
  • 1988 - "The Couch Trip", "Midnight Run"
  • 1989 - "Cranium Command"
  • 1990 - "Taking Care of Business"
  • 1992 - "Beethoven"
  • 1993 - "Dave", "So I Married an Axe Murderer", "Beethoven's 2nd"
  • 1994 - "Clifford"
  • 2006 - "The Ex"
  • 2013 - "Brazzaville Teen-Ager"
  • 2014 - "The Humbling", "While We're Young"
  • 2016 - "The Comedian"
  • 2017 - "The Private Life of a Modern Woman"

Television Shows

  • 1958 - "Decision", "Armstrong Circle Theatre"
  • 1960 - "Have Gun – Will Travel"
  • 1961 - "The Play of the Week", "The Defenders"
  • 1965 - "The Young Marrieds", "My Mother the Car", "The Trials of O'Brien"
  • 1966 - "Felony Squad", "Shane"
  • 1967 - "The Iron Horse", "The F.B.I.", "Captain Nice", "The Virginian", "The Guns of Will Sonnett", "N.Y.P.D."
  • 1968 - "The Big Valley"
  • 1969 - "Judd, for the Defense", "Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America"
  • 1977 - "The Paul Simon Special", "Saturday Night Live"
  • 1978 - "Just Me and You", "The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank"
  • 1981 - "Laverne & Shirley"
  • 1983 - "Charley's Aunt"
  • 1986 - "Fresno"
  • 1987 - "American Playhouse"
  • 1990 - "The Magical World of Disney"
  • 1995-1996 - "The Charles Grodin Show"
  • 2000 - "60 Minutes II"
  • 2012 - "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"
  • 2013 - "The Michael J. Fox Show"
  • 2014-2015 - "Louie"
  • 2015 - "Waiting for Ishtar"
  • 2016 - "Madoff", "The New Yorker Presents"

Charles Grodin and Johnny Carson

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  • 1962 - Tchin-Tchin
  • 1964 - Absence of a Cello
  • 1968 - Lovers and Other Strangers
  • 1974 - Thieves
  • 1975 - Same Time, Next Year
  • 1977 - Unexpected Guests


  • Grodin, Charles. Price of Fame: A Play. New York: Samuel French, 1991
  • Grodin, Charles. One of the All-Time Greats: A Comedy. New York: S. French, 1992
  • Grodin, Charles. The Right Kind of People. New York: Samuel French, 2008

Books List 

  • "It Would Be so Nice If You Weren't Here: My Journey Through Show Business". New York: Morrow, 1989. 
  • "How I Get Through Life: A Wise and Witty Guide". New York: Morrow, 1992. 
  • "Freddie the fly". New York : Random House, 1993. 
  • "We're Ready for You, Mr. Grodin: Behind the Scenes at Talk Shows, Movies, and Elsewhere". New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1994. 
  • "I Like It Better When You're Funny: Working in Television and Other Precarious Adventures". New York: Random House, 2002. 
  • "If I Only Knew Then... Learning from Our Mistakes". New York: Springboard Press, 2007. 
  • "How I Got to Be Whoever It Is I Am". New York: Springboard Press, 2009. 
  • "Just When I Thought I'd Heard Everything: Humorous Observations on Life in America". Santa Monica, Calif: Homina Publishing, 2013. 

Awards and Achievements

  • Nominated Golden Globe Award for his work in 'The Heartbreak Kid'
  • Won Primetime Emmy Award for his work in 'The Paul Simon Special' in 1978
  • Nominated Golden Raspberry Award for his work in 'Seems Like Old Times' in 1980
  • Won Valladolid International Film Festival for his work in 'Midnight Run' in 188
  • Won American Comedy Award in the year 1993 for his work in 'Dave'
  • Nominated for Saturn Awards in 'Heart and Souls' in 1993
  • Won William Kunstler Award in the year 2006

Death Cause

On 18th May 2021, Charles Grodin dies at 86 in his home (Wilton, Connecticut, U.S). His cause of death is due to bone marrow cancer. He is survived by his wife and his kids. "Chuck was as good a person as he was an actor," De Niro said in a statement issued through his publicist. "'Midnight Run' was a great project to work on, and Chuck made it an even better one. He will be missed. I am very very sad to hear of his passing." 

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