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Jack Klugman, 1922-2012

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By Craig Hubert | The New York Times is reporting that Jack Klugman, the character-actor famous for his role as Oscar Madison, opposite Tony Randall, in the television adaptation of Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” passed away on Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90. Before his stint on “The Odd Couple,” the deep-voiced actor had an impressive career in film and television, where he won in Emmy for his performance in the 1964 legal drama “The Defenders,” and co-starred in such films as “Days of Wine and Roses” and Sidney Lumet’s “12 Angry Men.” Klugman would later star in the successful “Quincy, M.E,” which ran from 1976 to 1983. Klugman would return to the theater, where he began his career, in the 1980s, where he toured in a one-man show based on the life of former president Lyndon B. Johnson and as the star of Herb Gardner’s “I’m Not Rappaport.” He reunited with Randall in 1997 for a revivial of Neil Simon’s “The Sunshine Boys,” and in 2005, the year after Randall passed away, would publish his memoir, “Tony and Me.” Klugman is survived by his wife, two sons, two stepsons, and two grandchildren.

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