Charles Grodin, who had a long and fruitful film career, died today. Primarily a comedic actor, he had major roles as the villains in King Kong (1976) and The Great Muppet Caper, as well as smaller parts in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Rosemary's Baby, Heaven Can Wait, and Heart and Souls; and many other non-genre productions. His most famous role may have been in the action-comedy Midnight Run, opposite Robert De Niro.

The Stars of Midnight Run

Here he is, as I will always remember him, singing to Miss Piggy (in the greatest Busby Berkeley parody every produced).

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    One of my favorite roles of his was as Murray Blum in the 1993 film "Dave". "Who does these books? If I ran my business this way, I'd be OUT of business!"
    – Helbent IV
    Commented May 19, 2021 at 9:42
  • Awww, I need to re-watch Beethoven now!
    – Möoz
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 5:32
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    @Möoz Oddly enough, I just watched Midnight Run about a week and a half ago, which I think made Grodin's death especially poignant.
    – Buzz
    Commented May 20, 2021 at 5:43
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    Wow, TIL he was in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Commented May 28, 2021 at 18:10

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I remember him well from HB Kid. He was a young man; Cybil S. was just out of her teens and even Eddie Albert was not that old. Time is a heck of a thing.

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