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.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, director, producer, writer
Birth Details
April 21, 1935
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • 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
  • WRITINGS
  • 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

OTHER SOURCES

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

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