Charles Durning, one of Hollywood's top character actors in films such as The Sting and Tootsie, has died. He was 89.

Durning, who was nominated for nine Emmys for his television work as well as two Academy Awards, died of natural causes at his New York City home on Monday, his agent told People magazine.

Durning's first major exposure came playing a crooked cop conned by Robert Redford in the hugely successful 1973 movie The Sting.

He got the role after impressing director George Roy Hill with his work in the Pulitzer- and Tony-winning Broadway play That Championship Season.

Durning had everyday looks - portly, thinning hair and a bulbous nose - and was a casting director's delight, equally adept at comedy and drama.

He was nominated for supporting-actor Oscars for playing a Nazi in the 1984 Mel Brooks comedy To Be or Not to Be and the governor in the musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in 1983.

Other notable Durning movie roles included a cop in Dog Day Afternoon, Dick Tracey, O Brother Where Art Thou? and the man who falls in love with Dustin Hoffman's cross-dressing character in Tootsie.

He was nominated for several Emmys for various performances in TV shows such as Rescue Me, NCIS, and Homicide: Life on the Street.