Charles Grodin, the versatile actor acquainted from “Same Time, Next Year” on Broadway, common films like “The Heartbreak Kid,” “Midnight Run” and “Beethoven” and quite a few tv appearances, died on Tuesday at his residence in Wilton, Conn. He was 86.
His son, Nicholas, mentioned the trigger was bone marrow most cancers.
With a terrific sense of deadpan comedy and the sort of Everyman beauty that lend themselves to taking part in businessmen or curmudgeonly fathers, Mr. Grodin discovered loads of work as a supporting participant and the occasional lead. He additionally had his personal speak present for a time within the 1990s and was a frequent visitor on the speak reveals of others, making 36 appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” and 17 on “Late Night With David Letterman.”
Mr. Grodin was a author as effectively, with quite a few performs and books to his credit score. Though he by no means received a status performing award, he did win a writing Emmy for a 1977 Paul Simon tv particular, sharing it with Mr. Simon and 6 others.
Mr. Grodin, who dropped out of the University of Miami to pursue performing, had managed to land a smattering of stage and tv roles when, in 1962, he acquired his first massive break, touchdown a component in a Broadway comedy referred to as “Tchin-Tchin” that starred Anthony Quinn and Margaret Leighton.
“Walter Kerr called me impeccable,” Mr. Grodin wrote years later, recalling a assessment of the present that appeared in The New York Times. “It took a trip to the dictionary to understand he meant more than clean.”
Another Broadway look got here in 1964 in “Absence of a Cello.” Mr. Grodin’s subsequent two Broadway credit have been as a director, of “Lovers and Other Strangers” in 1968 and “Thieves” in 1974. Then, in 1975, got here a breakthrough Broadway function reverse Ellen Burstyn in Bernard Slade’s “Same Time, Next Year,” a sturdy two-hander a couple of man and girl, every married to another person, who meet every year in the identical inn room.
“The play needs actors of grace, depth and accomplishment, and has found them in Ellen Burstyn and Charles Grodin,” Clive Barnes wrote in a rave in The Times. “Miss Burstyn is so real, so lovely and so womanly that a man wants to hug her, and you hardly notice the exquisite finesse of her acting. It is underplaying of sheer virtuosity. Mr. Grodin is every bit her equal — a monument to male insecurity, gorgeously inept, and the kind of masculine dunderhead that every decent man aspires to be.”
The present ran for 3 and a half years, with an ever-changing forged; the 2 unique stars left after seven months. Mr. Grodin by that time was in demand in Hollywood.
He had already appeared in Mike Nichols’s “Catch-22” in 1970 and had turned in one in all his better-known movie performances within the 1972 comedian romance “The Heartbreak Kid,” through which he performed a self-absorbed sporting items salesman who marries in haste, instantly loses curiosity in his bride (Jeannie Berlin), and falls in love with one other girl (Cybill Shepherd) on his honeymoon. (Elaine May, Mr. Nichols’s longtime comedy associate and Ms. Berlin’s mom, directed.)
In 1978 he had a supporting function within the Warren Beatty car “Heaven Can Wait.” Another signature function was in “Midnight Run” in 1988, through which Mr. Grodin performed an accountant who has embezzled a fortune from the mob and is being pursued by a bounty hunter, performed by Robert De Niro.
A full obituary will observe shortly.