Charles Grodin Dies; the ROSEMARY’S BABY Actor Was 86

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Charles Grodin (Rosemary’s Baby) died yesterday at his home in Wilton, Conn. He was 86. His son, Nicholas said the cause of death was bone marrow cancer. Grodin died peacefully at his home. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, author Elissa Durwood Grodin, their son Nicholas, daughter-in-law Aubrey and granddaughter Geneva, and daughter Marion by a previous marriage.

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His big-screen debut in the small role as the duped obstetrician who turns Mia Farrow’s Rosemary over to a coven of witches in Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby.

The family requests that friends and fans consider making a donation to The Innocence Project in his memory. Grodin received the William Kunstler Racial Justice Award. Governor Pataki praised him for helping revise New York’s Rockefeller Drug Laws. He often said the accomplishment was that of which he was most proud because of its direct impact on improving the lives of others.

He’s also known for his roles in Catch-22, Heaven Can Wait, Ishtar, Midnight Run, and also Beethoven.

More recently, Grodin had a recurring role as Louis C.K.’s doctor on FX’s Louie. He also appeared in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young. He played a cheated Ponzi scheme investor in ABC’s 2016 miniseries Madoff.

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