Charles Grodin is an American actor, comedian, and author with an estimated net worth of $3 million dollars. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Charles Grodin attended the University of Miami, but finally dropped out so that you can focus on an acting career full time. The American actor started both his professional on camera and stage professions in the mid-1950s, appearing in the movie “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and the Broadway production of “Tchin-Tchin”.
Charles Grodin Net Worth $3 Million Dollars
From there, the American actor went on to appear in multiple television productions through the 60s, including, “The Young Marrieds”, “Shane”, “The Virginian”, “N.Y.P.D”, and “The Big Valley”. Charles also composed and directed multiple endeavors on Broadway, before deciding to divide his focus between movie and theatre work throughout the 70s. The American actor gained a reputation as an excellent comedic actor together with his performances in “The Heartbreak Kid” and “Heaven Can Wait”, among other jobs. He’s most commonly recognized by present audiences for his work in “Beethoven” and “Beethoven’s 2nd”.
Turned down a $500 a week offer to star in "The Graduate.".
His direction of "Lovers and Other Strangers" introduced him to Elaine May who became his 'professional benefactor' Elaine May, who cast him in "The Heartbreak Kid.".
His father, Theodore Isadore Grodin, was born in Pennsylvania, to Russian Jewish parents. His mother, Lena (Singer), was a Jewish immigrant from Yanov, Tatsinsky District, Russia (her father was born in Brest, Belarus and her mother was born in Poland).
Longtime resident of Fairfield County's Wilton, Connecticut. [May 2007]
Attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
Studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Admitted in a 2006 interview on Late Show with David Letterman (1993) that the surly attitude he adopts on talk shows is an act he developed in order to be a more interesting guest. According to Grodin, he was scheduled to make his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) in 1973, and was to be in the segment immediately following Diana Ross performing a medley of her hits. Realizing that he would bomb if he followed her as himself, he adopted this churlish character who has little patience for the questions of the host. Carson loved it and it became his trademark.
He auditioned as Benjamin Braddock in The Graduate (1967), but was never offered the role. Mike Nichols still offered him a role in Catch-22 (1970), which he was already scheduled to direct at the time.
Having already been cast as Captain Aarfy Aardvark in Catch-22 (1970), director Mike Nichols asked him to take over the role of Colonel Cathcart when the original actor did not work out. As the role was written for an older man, old age make-up was experimented with for several days, until it was decided to cast Martin Balsam instead, and Grodin returned to his original role.
Frequently portrays uptight, bland and world-weary white-collar professionals.
Grodin's trademark is his petulant loutishness that he employs as a guest on various talk shows. Seemingly miffed or angry, his act is strictly tongue-in-cheek as he lobs offensive verbal attacks at his hosts.
I'm not that easy to insult, believe me, but cracks about people on movies who are there to pick up paychecks or actors who look like they phoned it in get me. People who write this stuff obviously have never been on the set of a movie from beginning to end. Just showing up somewhere every day for twelve to sixteen hours for three or four months should be enough to disqualify movie people from those cracks. The only thing about a movie that can be phoned in is a review.