An obit for the character actor and war hero is here.He played tough guys and lovable sorts in an array of roles. "Tootsie" comes to mind as an especially good one. In ffact, he did not even have to be seen to make an impression, In the Al Pacino "Scarface," Durning's and Dennis Franz's voices were dubbed in for a couple of other actors playing Pacino's interrogators.
Durning served nobly during World War II, though he reportedly did not talk about it much until late in life. I remember being in L.A. once and seeing signs for an event honoring Durning, with a description of his military experiences, and being astonished by all he had done. Was this the same man who had danced so merrily in "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"? Indeed it was. Durning, it was clear, could do anything asked of him.