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Charles Grodin: Beethoven star dies at 86

Charles Grodin has died at the age of 86.

The actor – who has starred in such films as ‘Midnight Run’ and ‘Beethoven’ – died on Tuesday (6:05 p.m.) of bone marrow cancer at his home in Wilton, Connecticut.

The late star has appeared in many Hollywood comedies during his career, and Steve Martin has already paid tribute to the actor by describing him as “one of the funniest people” he has ever met.

He wrote on Twitter: “I said I heard that. One of the funniest people I’ve ever met: Charles Grodin, Star of” Beethoven “and” Heartbreak Kid “Dies at 86 (sic)”

Grodin took up acting after graduating from the University of Miami.

And after landing roles in several Broadway productions, he quickly established himself in the TV and film world, including a small role in the Roman Polanski-directed thriller “Rosemary’s Baby.”

However, his career really took off in the 1970s, when he starred in ‘Catch-22’ and ‘The Heartbreak Kid’, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.

But despite becoming one of Hollywood’s favorite comedy stars, Grodin was always grateful for his success, recognizing that many “very gifted people” never make it in the movie world.

He said during an interview in 2009, “I never complain about anything because I am aware of what is going on around me, and I am also aware that there are many very gifted people who never even get a job in the get show business.

“It’s just because they can’t handle the rejection, and I can handle it, and I’m used to it.”

Grodin starred alongside Robert De Niro in ‘Midnight Run’ and played a short-tempered father in the popular family movie ‘Beethoven’.

Plus, the actor – who also played Miss Piggy’s love interest in ‘The Great Muppet Caper’ – was a fixture on late-night chat shows.

Grodin is survived by his daughter Marion and son Nicholas.