Grodin began his acting career in the 1960s appearing in TV serials including The Virginian. He had a small part as an obstetrician in Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby in 1968. In the 1970s he moved into film acting, including playing the lead in The Heartbreak Kid and supporting roles in Catch-22 and Heaven Can Wait. He became a familiar face as a supporting actor in many Hollywood comedies of the era, including King Kong, Real Life, Seems Like Old Times, The Great Muppet Caper, The Woman in Red, The Lonely Guy, Ishtar, The Couch Trip, Taking Care of Business, and Dave. He is perhaps best known for his iconic appearances on The Tonight Show and The Late Show, for co-starring alongside Robert DeNiro in the classic action comedy Midnight Run, and for his role as George Newton in the 1990s John Hughes comedy franchise Beethoven.
Grodin has won several acting awards, including American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for 1993's Dave, Best Actor at the 1988 Valladolid International Film Festival.
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