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Charles Grodin

Charles Grodin

Charles Grodin (born April 21, 1935) is an American actor, comedian, author, and former television 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 (1972) and supporting roles in Catch-22 (1970) and Heaven Can Wait (1978). He became a familiar face as a supporting actor in many Hollywood comedies of the era, including Real Life (1979), Seems Like Old Times (1980), The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Woman in Red (1984), The Lonely Guy (1984), Ishtar (1987), The Couch Trip (1988), Taking Care of Business (1990), and Dave (1993). Grodin co-starred alongside Robert De Niro in the classic action comedy Midnight Run (1988), and played George Newton in the 1990s Ivan Reitman-produced comedy franchise Beethoven. He made frequent appearances on The Tonight Show and The Late Show. Grodin has won several acting awards, including American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for Dave, Best Actor at the 1988 Valladolid International Film Festival for Midnight Run. He was nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for The Heartbreak Kid in 1972. He also shared a 1978 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program for his work on The Paul Simon Special. In the mid-1990s, Grodin retired from acting to become a talk show host on CNBC and in 2000 a political commentator for 60 Minutes II. He has written several autobiographical and acting related works, including 1990's It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here: My Journey Through Show Business and 1994's We're Ready for You, Mr. Grodin. He returned to acting with a handful of roles in the mid-2010s.