'The Heartbreak Kid' fame Charles Grodin, who was celebrated for his highly witty on-screen characters, died on Tuesday at the age of 86. The actors most appreciated roles were in American classics such as the 'Beethoven' series and 'Midnight Run'.
The actor succumbed to a fight against bone marrow cancer, New York Times reported, quoting the actor's son.
Grodin's career in the show business started to gain momentum after the actor was featured in 'Tchin Tchin', a 1962 Broadway show, where he garnered significant praise. The role was followed by another one two years later in 'Absence of a Cello'.
Grodin went to Peabody High School in Pennsylvania's Pittsburgh, which is also his birthplace, and graduated top of his class securing the valedictorian title for himself.
In order to complete his higher studies, which were now streamlined towards a career in the entertainment industry, he attended the University of Miami for nearly one semester before being offered a scholarship in the Pittsburgh Playhouse School of the Theater, reported Variety.
The 86-year-old veteran actor's next of kin includes his wife Elissa Grodin along with son and daughter-in-law, Nicholas and Aubrey, who have a daughter named Geneva. The actor also had a daughter named Marion from his previous marriage.