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Farewell to screen king Durning.

THE Sting star and World War II hero Charles Durning has died aged 89.

The "king of the character actors" passed away at home in New York from natural causes.

He was twice nominated for an Oscar - first for playing a corrupt governor in 1982's The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

He won his second nod a year later for his turn as a Nazi official in Mel Brooks's To Be Or Not To Be.

In a 50-year career, he also starred in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Tootsie and Dog Day Afternoon.

In 2008, decorated Durning - who was among the first US soldiers in the D-Day landings - said he wanted to keep working, adding: "They're going to carry me out if I go."

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