Charles Grodin, the offbeat actor and writer who scored as a newlywed cad in The Heartbreak Kid and the father in the Beethoven comedies, has died. He was 86.
Grodin’s son, Nicholas, said his father died Tuesday at his home in Wilton, Conn., from bone marrow cancer.
Grodin appeared in a string of notable films from the 1970s onward, including Midnight Run, The Woman in Red and Heaven Can Wait. On Broadway, he starred with Ellen Burstyn in the long-running 1970s comedy Same Time, Next Year.
He also made his mark in other fields, including as a political commentator on radio and TV and author of several books. His return to acting included a stint on the FX series Louie.
He first gained wide notice in the 1972 Elaine May comedy The Heartbreak Kid, as a newlywed who abandons his bride on their honeymoon for a character played by Cybill Shepherd.