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Jack Klugman Dead At 90
Posted by Ivetta Babadjanian on Dec 25, 2012 - 4:38:49 PM
MALIBU—Actor Jack Klugman, known for his role as Oscar Madison in the sitcom "The Odd Couple," died on Monday, December 24 at his home in Malibu. He was 90.
Jack Klugman and Tony Randall in the 1972 publicity photo of "The Odd Couple."
Klugman began his acting career with numerous stage, television and film productions. In 1950, he had a small role in the "Mr. Roberts" road company at the Colonial Theatre in Boston. That same year, he had his television debut in an episode of "Actors Studio." It wasn't until 1952, however, that he made his Broadway debut in "Golden Boy" as Frank Bonaparte.
Klugman starred in a number of classic films such as the Oscar-award winning film, "12 Angry Men." He received a Tony nomination in 1960 for Best Featured Actor (Musical) for his role in "Gypsy." He remained in the production until it closed in March 1961.
He received his first Primetime Emmy Award for his guest starring role in "The Defenders." In 1965, Klugman replaced Walter Mathau in the original Broadway production of "The Odd Couple." He reprised the role in the television adaption of the play of the same name.
The series premiered on ABC in 1970 and ran until 1975. Klugman and co-star Tony Randall recorded an album titled "The Odd Couple Sings" in 1973. Over the show's five year run, Klugman received two Primetime Emmy Awards for his role on the series.
Klugman returned to television in 1976 with his portrayal of Dr. Quincy in "Quincy, M.E." which aired on NBC for a total of seven season, ending in 1983. He won another two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on television.
Klugman was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1974 and soon after went into remission. In 1989 the cancer returned and put a halt to his career for the next four years as he lost a vocal cord and had to train himself to speak again.
He returned to acting in 1993 with the television film "The Odd Couple: Together Again" and the Broadway revival of "Three Men on a Horse."
Klugman married in 1953 to Brett Somers and together had two children, Adam and David. The couple legally separated in 1973, but never divorced. In 1988, Klugman began living with Peggy Crosby, ex-wife of Phillip Crosby. He married Crosby in February 2008 at the age of 85.
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