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Jack Klugman (left) and Charles Durning both built catalogs of roles that classed them indisputably as “character actors.” Both men died Monday. (Associated Press)

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Jack Klugman (left) and Charles Durning both built catalogs of roles that classed them indisputably as “character actors.” Both men died Monday. (Associated Press)

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Charles Durning (left, with Elliott Gould and Ed Asner in 1984) was a two-time Oscar nominee dubbed the king of the character actors for his skill in playing everything from a Nazi colonel to the pope to a romantic smitten with a man in drag. (Associated Press)

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Charles Durning holds his Life Achievement Award at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in 2008. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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Charles Durning holds his Life Achievement Award at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in 2008. (Associated Press)