Facts about Charles Grodin
Charles Grodin Biography
Writer, director, producer and comic actor Charles Grodin was known to most film audiences as the annoying accountant in 1988’s Midnight Run and the angry dad in the kids’ movie Beethoven (1992).
Grodin grew up in Pittsburgh and attended the University of Miami before deciding on acting. He studied drama in New York and much of his career was centered there.
Early in his screen career, Grodin was in the Elaine May and Mike Nichols set. He appeared in Nichols’s Catch-22 (1970) and then starred in May’s The Heartbreak Kid (1972) to good reviews.
Over the years Grodin was in many television and film productions, often as a sensitive and gentle-but-cynical character.
His films of the 1970s and ‘80s included King Kong (1976); Heaven Can Wait (1978); The Great Muppet Caper (1981, with Miss Piggy); The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981, starring Lily Tomlin); and the famous flop, Ishtar (1987, with Dustin Hoffman).
On TV Grodin had his own talk show (1995-98) and could be seen occasionally playing Louis C.K.’s doctor in Louie (2014-15).
Grodin also authored several books, including It Would Be So Nice If You Weren’t Here (1990), We’re Ready For You, Mr. Grodin (1994) and If I Only Knew Then… Learning From Our Mistakes (2007).