Charles Durning was an American actor and World War II veteran.

His Disney roles included Doc Hopper in The Muppet Movie, Chief Brandon in Dick Tracy, Det. Lt. Bobby Mallory in V.I. Warshawski, and The Director in Spy Hard. He also made a brief appearance in the 1979 special The Muppets Go Hollywood, aired as a promotion for The Muppet Movie. In contrast to his Doc Hopper role, and referencing his experience as a hoofer, he dances with Miss Piggy, who must discourage a persistent Christopher Reeve from cutting in. He was on the short list of actors that Jim Henson considered for the role of Mike Tarkenian in The Great Muppet Caper.[1]



  1. Jim’s list of possible actors to cast in the Editor role.
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