Many critics marveled that such a heavyset man could be so nimble in the film's show-stopping song-and-dance number, not realizing Durning had been a dance instructor early in his career. Indeed, he had met his first wife, Carol, when both worked at a dance studio.
--The Associated PressCharles Durning, king of character actors, dies at 89
The Associated Press, December 25, 2012
Charles Durning, Prolific Character Actor, Dies at 89
by Robert Berkvist, The New York Times, December 25, 2012