R.I.P. The Heartbreak Kid and Beethoven actor Charles Grodin

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Charles Grodin
Charles Grodin


As per the New York Times, Charles Grodin—the actor known for his roles in The Heartbreak Kid, Midnight Run, and Beethoven—has died from bone marrow cancer at his home in Connecticut. Grodin’s son, Nicholas, confirmed the news. He was 86.

Grodin’s big film break came in 1968 when he played the obstetrician in Rosemary’s Baby. A few years later, he played the leading role in The Heartbreak Kid in 1972.

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The actor, who delivered deadpan comedy with ease, also was a longtime lover of talk shows. He had his own talk show for a while and made nearly 40 appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and made 17 appearances on Late Night With David Letterman.

Grodin also had a long list of Broadway roles under his belt. In 1962, he scored a part in “Tchin-Tchin.” He was also in 1964's “Absence of a Cello,” 1975's “Same Time, Next Year” and he served as Broadway director for “Lovers and Other Strangers” in 1968 and “Thieves” in 1974. His career was as much about writing and directing as it was about appearing in front of the camera.

Some of his other credits include: Catch-22, Heaven Can Wait, The Lonely Guy, All Of Me, The Woman In Red, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, and many, many others.

He is survived by his wife, Elissa, and two children.