Pair For The Stares, Jack Klugman , Charles Durning Both Died Christmas Eve

Men of character but not much to look at, as movie stars go, Jack Klugman and Charles Durning were characters with character. Both exited the set of Life on Christmas Eve.

Durning, 89, played crooked cop Lt. Snyder in "The Sting" in 1973, the dancing governor of Texas in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" in 1982, and mocked Justin Hoffman as his would-be suitor in "Tootsie."
"I was born a character actor," Durning ventured when he starred as Big Daddy in the Broadway revival of "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" in 1990. "I was born looking older -- and I've been aging since I was a teenager."

"Everyone was crying," Klugman told USA TODAY about his team-up with Tony Randall for an "Odd Couple" reunion after his bout with cancer of the vocal cord.

The only member of his U.S. Army unit to survive the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II, Charles Durning received The Silver Star and Purple Heart. "There's no nobility with war," he said with an exhale of breath.