American actor Charles Grodin passed away yesterday, May 18, 2021, at the age of 86. A prominent figure in 80s and 90s comedies, Grodin was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1973 in the Comedy or Musical Actor category for the film Hearts in Alta, and won an Emmy Award as a Writer for Comedy Programs and variety in 1978. for the Paul Simon special.
Actor and comedian, Charles Grodin began his career on the screens again in 1954, at an uncredited point in the adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Grodin added 70 credits to his program, including participation in cinema, series and films for television. To pay tribute to this great artist who marked the hearts of moviegoers, we have selected the most important films of his filmography. You certainly know some. Check.
The lesser known version of King Kong, this is the first remake of the absolute classic from 1933. The film was produced by Dino De Laurentiis, directed by John Guillermin (Inferno na Torre), won the Oscar for Best Cinematography and sound nominations, upcoming winner of the visual effects award. In the plot, Charles Grodin plays the ambitious Fred Wilson, replacement character for Carl Denham, played by Robert Armstrong in the classic and Jack Black in the 2005 film.
Dog movies are popular with audiences, whether they are the most dramatic or the most comedic. After all, anyone who doesn’t like animals is not a good guy. Beethoven is perhaps the most famous film of Charles Grodin’s career and the one that marked him the most. Written by John Hughes, the feature film presents the woes of the Newton family with their new pet, a giant São Bernardo named after the title. Grodin plays the patriarch George, which he will resume the following year in Beethoven 2 (1993).
Extremely popular in its television shows opened in the 90s, this action-comedy film can be discovered by new generations today, since it is currently part of the Netflix collection. In the plot, Robert De Niro plays a former policeman working as a bounty hunter whose last mission is to bring to justice a mafia accountant (Grodin). Very influential, the script has inspired comedies like Bounty Hunter (2010), with Jennifer Aniston, and Uma Ladra Sem Limites (2013), with Melissa McCarthy.
A flawless horror classic, directed by Roman Polanski, this film brought Charles Grodin into one of his first movie roles. In the story, the actor plays Dr. Hill, the good doctor who unsuccessfully tries to help the protagonist.
In his first leading film role, Charles Grodin received a Golden Globe nomination for his work. In the plot he saw a newly married man who, going on his honeymoon, begins to doubt his marriage, while falling in love with another woman. The film won a remake in 2007, in the form of the crass comedy Before Just That Badly Married, starring Ben Stiller.
An absolute classic of the Afternoon of the late 1980s, this comedy is the remake of a French work, written, directed and performed by the late Gene Wilder. In the story, a married father (Wilder) finds himself completely in love with a mysterious woman in red (Kelly LeBrock) and does everything he can to meet her. In the film, Charles Grodin has one of the best characters of his career, Buddy, one of the protagonists’ friends who, among incredibly macho men, turns out to be gay.
Hitchhiking on the plot of the classic 18th century Trocando like Bolas (1983), this film was written by JJ Abrams early in his career. In history, a wealthy executive (Charles Grodin) loses his most precious asset: his agenda with all his documents and professional contacts. Who finds them is the ex-convict played by James Belushi, who begins to use them by posing as the rich man.
Directed by Joel Schumacher and written by science fiction expert Richard Matheson, this comedy is another that marked the 80s. Lily Tomlin plays a housewife who starts to shrink all the time after being exposed to chemicals cleaning and cosmetics. Charles Grodin saw her desperate husband.
It is the most prestigious film of Charles Grodin’s career. Based on the play by Harry Segall, the film is written, directed and performed by Warren Beatty and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, coming out victorious in the Artistic Direction category. In the plot, Beatty saw a man ending up in the sky ahead of time and returning to Earth as a millionaire who had been poisoned by his wife and lover, the role of Charles Grodin.
In this war comedy, Alan Arkin plays a soldier who tries to be declared insane in order to escape his service during World War II. On screen, a true Hollywood constellation parades, with names like Orson Welles, Anthony Perkins, Jon Voight, Martin Sheen, Art Garfunkel and Charles Grodin, who plays Captain “Aarfy” Aardvark.
Al Pacino’s return to the right roles, the star saw a veteran theater actor facing old age, at the same time as he began his relationship with a young woman (role of Greta Gerwig). Charles Grodin plays the actor’s manager.
Directed by Noah Baumbach (the same as the story of a wedding), Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts play a couple going through their midlife crisis and falling in love with two young hipsters and their lifestyle (played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried). In the film, Charles Grodin plays the father of Watts’ character.
Here, Charles Grodin and Robert De Niro meet in a film 28 years after Escape at Midnight. The protagonist is De Niro as a veteran comedian trying to recover in his career. Martin Scorsese would direct the film and Jennifer Aniston co-star – works that ended in the hands of Taylor Hackford and Leslie Mann.
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