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Charles Grodin, star of ‘Midnight Run’ and ‘Beethoven,’ dies at 86

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Los Angeles (AFP) – US actor, talk-show host and writer Charles Grodin, best known for his comic deadpan performances in films such as “Midnight Run” and “Beethoven,” has died aged 86 from bone marrow cancer, his son told AFP Tuesday. Grodin starred alongside Robert De Niro in action-comedy “Midnight Run,” as well as in the 1976 remake of “King Kong” and a Golden Globe-nominated lead role in rom-com “The Heartbreak Kid.” Early in his career he had a minor role as a doctor in Roman Polanski’s horror classic “Rosemary’s Baby,” and he later played a suburban dad in the popular canine family comed…

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