Charles Grodin–whose acting chops served him well in everything from comedy to horror staples–this week passed away at age 86.
The actor and activist succumbed to bone marrow cancer at his Connecticut home, as confirmed by his son Nicholas to the New York Times. A spokesperson said Grodin passed peacefully.
Grodin’s big-screen debut was in Roman Polanski’s horror classic Rosemary’s Baby (1968), playing Dr. Hill, an obstetrician who turns Rosemary (Mia Farrow) over to a coven of witches.
And this wasn’t Grodin’s only foray into genre films. He appeared opposite Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges in 1976’s remake of King Kong, in which be played Fred Wilson–a greedy showman who brings the great ape to New York. And we all know what happened after that.
Following these films, Grodin began to develop his deadpan comedic skills, starring in such movies as The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Beethoven (1992) and Midnight Run (1988)–in which he co-starred with Robert De Niro as a bail-jumping accountant for the mob.
Grodin is survived by wife Elissa Durwood Grodin, son Nicholas, daughter Marion, daughter-in-law Aubrey and granddaughter Geneva. The family has asked fans to consider making a donation to The Innocence Project in his memory.
The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to Grodin’s family, friends and colleagues.