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    RIP Charles Grodin

    I'm not quite old enough to remember much of his work as an actor, or maybe I just didn't see a lot of his movies...

    I did find his talk show fascinating- mainly the way he would talk to the camera was so strange, his style was a bit off....but I watched him religiously.

    Wasn't that show part of the Geraldo lineup on CNBC during the OJ trial? I could be recalling incorrectly.

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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    I remember him being a pretty good proverbial Abbott to someone's Costello. Midnight Run being a good example. I never saw his talk show.

    He was 86 and died of Bone Marrow cancer. Which sucks, even by cancer standards, from what I have read about it.
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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    Underrated actor. Stood out every time he was on screen, even in really bad movies. Clifford comes to mind. RIP.
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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    I'm not quite old enough to remember much of his work as an actor, or maybe I just didn't see a lot of his movies...

    I did find his talk show fascinating- mainly the way he would talk to the camera was so strange, his style was a bit off....but I watched him religiously.

    Wasn't that show part of the Geraldo lineup on CNBC during the OJ trial? I could be recalling incorrectly.
    Your recollection is correct. I didn't think he was a good actor or a good talk show host. I'm not a big movie person so I must say I haven't seen a lot of his work on the big screen but I often had his show on after Geraldo and it never grew on me. He'd always thank his Mom afterwards as if to acknowledge that he knew he wasn't very good at it

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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea Ray View Post
    Your recollection is correct. I didn't think he was a good actor or a good talk show host. I'm not a big movie person so I must say I haven't seen a lot of his work on the big screen but I often had his show on after Geraldo and it never grew on me. He'd always thank his Mom afterwards as if to acknowledge that he knew he wasn't very good at it
    He would do this monolog thing where he would talk and then just shake his head....it always came off awkward.

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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    We recently lost Alonzo Mosely (Yaphet Kotto), and now Jonathan "The Duke" Mardukas (Grodin). Somebody keep an eye on De Niro.
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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    I remember him being one of Carson's favorite guests back before he had his own talk show. He was a much better guest than host.
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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    Quote Originally Posted by marcshoe View Post
    I remember him being one of Carson's favorite guests back before he had his own talk show. He was a much better guest than host.
    Antenna TV had quite a few of the old Carson shows with Grodin on it. I didn't really care for him. He came off as very arrogant to me.
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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    Quote Originally Posted by cumberlandreds View Post
    Antenna TV had quite a few of the old Carson shows with Grodin on it. I didn't really care for him. He came off as very arrogant to me.
    That was the joke
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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    Quote Originally Posted by RedTeamGo! View Post
    That was the joke
    oh and it was a great one. the letterman where he brought his attorney- gold.

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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner View Post
    oh and it was a great one. the letterman where he brought his attorney- gold.
    I watched a Carson one earlier that had me rolling.

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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    Quote Originally Posted by RedTeamGo! View Post
    That was the joke
    I guess I just don't like arrogancy even if its a joke.
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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    He and Miss Piggy's unbridaled lust in "The Great Muppet Caper" is still talked about in Hollywood to this day

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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    I only know about this guy because he was featured in a Seinfeld episode.

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    Re: RIP Charles Grodin

    One of Hollywood’s greatest actors with a long career in secondary roles. Midnight Run was his breakthrough role which should have won him multiple awards. He was also outstanding in Heaven Can Wait and Dave.

    His first big role was a rare lead in The Heartbreak Kid (not the remake) where he played a very complex, somewhat creepy romantic lead. He did get a Golden Globe nomination for that role.

    And yes, his Letterman and Carson appearances were legendary. He played the role of an arrogant prick, but was actually considered one of the better people in Hollywood, it was just a bit for the audience.
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