Actor Charles Durning finally got his star on Hollywood’s walk of fame.
Durning was a World War II hero who came back from war to achieve great things in Hollywood. Durning was just 17 when he went to war, along with his three brothers.
He was a trained dancer and award-winning actor, and has starred in hundreds of film and smallscreen projects. Charles Durning appeared in Denis Leary’s “Rescue Me” on FX network, and films such as “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “The Sting” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
The 85-year-old told The Associated Press reporters he was over the moon by having his star placed next to his own cinematic idol, James Cagney.
“Cagney was my favorite actor and favorite person, I met him once and he was very kind to me. I never got a chance to tell him what I thought, that he was my hero.”
“I never thought this would happen,” Durning told the AP. “This is one of the secret awards I wanted. I was hoping this would happen in my lifetime and it did.”
Durning was seriously wounded on Omaha Beach by German gunfire during the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. He was taken prisoner during the Battle of the Bulge and was one of a few survivors of the attack on American POWs at Malmedy, Belgium. For his service to his country he was honored with three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star.
The Screen Actors Guild honored Durning with a life achievement award in January.