Charles Grodin Biography (1935-)

Real name, Charles Grodinsky; born April 21, 1935, in Pittsburgh, PA; son ofTed (in sales) and Lana (a volunteer for disabled veterans) Grodinsky; married Julia (divorced); married Elissa, March, 1985; children: (first marriage) Marion (a screenwriter); (second marriage) one child. Career: Actor, director, producer, and writer. Member: American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors' Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild. Awards, Honors: Golden Globe Award, 1973, for The Heartbreak Kid;Outer Critics Circle Award, 1975, for Same Time Next Year; Actors FundAward of Merit, 1975; Emmy Award, outstanding writing in a comedy-variety ormusic special, 1977, for The Paul Simon Special. Addresses: Office: United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., 5th Floor, Beverly Hills, CA90212.

Actor, director, producer, writer
Birth Details
April 21, 1935
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Bob, Sex and the College Girl(also known as The Fun Lovers), Entertainment Enterprises, 1964
  • Dr. C.C. Hill, Rosemary's Baby, Paramount, 1968
  • Aarfy Aardvark, Catch-22, Paramount, 1970
  • Lenny Cantrow, The Heartbreak Kid, Palomar/Twentieth Century-Fox,1972
  • Chesser, 11 Harrowhouse(also known as Anything for Love andFast Fortune), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974
  • Fred Wilson, King Kong, Paramount, 1976
  • Martin Cramer, Thieves, Brut/Paramount, 1977
  • Tony Abbott, Heaven Can Wait, Paramount, 1978
  • Warren Yeager, Real Life, Paramount, 1979
  • Jake Dekker, Sunburn, Tuesday/Paramount, 1979
  • Homer, It's My Turn, Rastar-Martin Elfand/Columbia, 1980
  • Homer, A Perfect Circle,1980
  • District Attorney Ira J. Parks, Neil Simon's Seems Like Old Times, Columbia, 1980
  • Nicky Holiday, The Great Muppet Caper, Universal, 1981
  • Vance Kramer, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Lija/Universal, 1981
  • All of Me, Universal, 1984
  • Warren Evans, The Lonely Guy, Universal, 1984
  • Buddy, The Woman in Red, Woman in Red Productions/Orion, 1984
  • Herb Derman, Movers and Shakers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985
  • George Lollar, The Last Resort(also known as She Knew No OtherWay), Concorde-Cinema Group-Trinity, 1986
  • Club Sandwich,1986
  • Greetings from LA,1987
  • Jim Harrison, CIA agent, Ishtar, Columbia/Delphi V, 1987
  • Jonathan Mardukas, Midnight Run, Universal, 1988
  • George Maitlin, The Couch Trip, Orion, 1988
  • Mr. Glerman, You Can't Hurry Love(also known as Greetings from L.A. and Lovestruck), Lightning Pictures, 1988
  • Left Brain, Cranium Command,1989
  • Spencer Barnes, Taking Care of Business(also known as Filofax), Disney, 1990
  • George Newton, Beethoven, Universal, 1992
  • George Newton, Beethoven's 2nd, Universal, 1993
  • Murray Blum, Dave, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Harrison Winslow, Heart and Souls, Universal, 1993
  • Commandeered car driver, So I Married an Axe Murderer, TriStar, 1993
  • Martin Daniels, Clifford, Orion, 1994
  • Old man, It Runs in the Family(also known as My Summer Story), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1994
  • Film Work
  • Producer
  • Sorceress, New World Pictures, 1983
  • (With William Asher, Richard Carrothers, and Dennis D. Hennessey), Movers and Shakers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Matt Crane Stevens, The Young Marrieds, ABC, 1964-66
  • Host, Charles Grodin, CNBC, 1994-97 then MSNBC, 1998-
  • Movies
  • Michael, Just Me and You, NBC, 1978
  • Jim Benson, The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank, CBS,1978
  • Miniseries
  • Cane Kensington, Fresno, CBS, 1986
  • Specials
  • Bill Foster, Paradise, CBS, 1974
  • The Paul Simon Special, NBC, 1977
  • Night of 100 Stars,1982
  • Him, Love, Sex ... and Marriage, ABC, 1983
  • Jake, Grown Ups,1985
  • King Kong: The Living Legend,1986
  • Lord Fancourt Babberly, Charley's Aunt, syndicated, 1988
  • The American Comedy Awards,1989
  • What's Up Dr. Ruth,1989
  • The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards,1989
  • The Muppets at Walt Disney World,1990
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: 28th Anniversary Special,1990
  • Jessica Lange: It's Only Make-Believe,1991
  • Donahue: The 25th Anniversary, NBC, 1992
  • Lassie Unleashed: 280 Dog Years in TV(also known as Lassie: A Dog Star--40 Years in Television), ABC, 1994
  • Chaz, Sesame Street's All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!, ABC, 1994
  • Talk Back America III, syndicated, 1995
  • 50 Years of Television: A Celebration of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary, HBO, 1997
  • Episodic
  • "Black Monday," Play of the Week, syndicated, 1961
  • "Autumn Garden," Sunday Showcase, CBS, 1966
  • Mark Dunigan, "The Good Thieves," The Big Valley,1968
  • What's Up, Dr. Ruth?,1989
  • Narrator, "Rotten Island," Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories(animated), Showtime, 1992
  • Also appeared in The Defenders, CBS; Camera Three, CBS; Armstrong Circle Theatre, NBC; The Nurses, CBS; My True Story, CBS; Love of Life, CBS; Trials of O'Brien, CBS; My Mother the Car; The FBI; Guns of Will Sonnett.
  • Television Work
  • Episodic
  • Producer and director of episodes of Candid Camera.
  • Specials
  • Director, Songs of America,1969
  • Producer and director, Acts of Love and Other Comedies, ABC, 1973
  • Producer and director, Paradise, CBS, 1974
  • Also directed and produced a television special for Marlo Thomas.
  • Stage Appearances
  • (Broadway debut) Robert Pickett, Tchin-Tchin, Plymouth Theatre, 1962
  • Perry Littlewood, Absence of a Cello, Ambassador Theatre, New YorkCity, 1964
  • Tandy, Steambath, Truck and Warehouse Theatre, New York City, 1970
  • George, Same Time Next Year, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1975
  • Night of 100 Stars, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, 1982
  • Toured as George, Same Time Next Year, U.S. cities.
  • Stage Director, Except Where Indicated
  • Hooray! It's a Glorious Day ... and All That, Theatre Four, New York City, 1966
  • Lovers and Other Strangers, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 1968
  • And producer, Thieves, Broadhurst Theatre, New York City, 1974
  • And producer, Unexpected Guests, Little Theatre, New York City, 1977
  • Plays
  • Author of book and lyrics (with Maurice Teitelbaum), Hooray! It'sa Glorious Day ... and All That, Theatre Four, 1966
  • One of the All Time Greats, Nyack, NY, 1972 then Vineyard Theatre,New York City, 1992
  • Price of Fame,1990
  • Screenplays
  • (With Jeffrey Bloom) 11 Harrowhouse(adapted from the novel of thesame title; also known as Anything for Love and Fast Fortune),Twentieth Century-Fox, 1974
  • Movers and Shakers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985
  • Television Specials
  • (With others) The Paul Simon Special, NBC, 1977
  • Love, Sex ... and Marriage, ABC, 1983
  • Also wrote a television special for Marlo Thomas.
  • Television Episodes
  • Writer for episodes of Candid Camera.
  • Autobiography
  • It Would Be So Nice If You Weren't Here,1989
  • Children&rsquo
  • s Books
  • Freddie the Fly,1993
  • Nonfiction
  • How Can I Get through Life: A Wise and Witty Guide,1992
  • We're Ready for You, Mr. Grodin,1994

Further Reference


    • Esquire, January, 1994, p. 76.
    • People Weekly, February 17, 1997, p. 45.
    • Time, June 29, 1998, p. 78.*

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