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Also Known As: Died: December 24, 2012
Born: April 27, 1922 Cause of Death: Prostate Cancer
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, writer

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Emmy Award-winning actor Jack Klugman was known primarily for his portrayals of two of television's most memorable characters, although his career also boasted more than 50 years of credits in film and on Broadway. The actor's early years were comprised of work on the stages of New York, on television anthologies such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (CBS, 1955-1962), and in features films like "12 Angry Men" (1957), alongside Henry Fonda. Several guest turns on the "Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1971) and a supporting role in the comedy-drama "Goodbye, Columbus" (1969) preceded his long-running portrayal of the cretinous Oscar Madison opposite Tony Randall's fastidious Felix Unger on "The Odd Couple" (ABC, 1970-75). Klugman went on to win two Emmy Awards for his hilarious personification of the sports-loving vulgarian, only to embody another iconic television character in the form of the crime-solving "Quincy, M.E." (NBC, 1976-1983). Although the actor's love of fine cigars led to serious health problems later in life, he persevered, even returning to Broadway for a revival of "The Sunshine Boys" in 1997 and penning a memoir about his former co-star Tony and Me: A Story of Friendship in 2005. Whether...

Emmy Award-winning actor Jack Klugman was known primarily for his portrayals of two of television's most memorable characters, although his career also boasted more than 50 years of credits in film and on Broadway. The actor's early years were comprised of work on the stages of New York, on television anthologies such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (CBS, 1955-1962), and in features films like "12 Angry Men" (1957), alongside Henry Fonda. Several guest turns on the "Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1971) and a supporting role in the comedy-drama "Goodbye, Columbus" (1969) preceded his long-running portrayal of the cretinous Oscar Madison opposite Tony Randall's fastidious Felix Unger on "The Odd Couple" (ABC, 1970-75). Klugman went on to win two Emmy Awards for his hilarious personification of the sports-loving vulgarian, only to embody another iconic television character in the form of the crime-solving "Quincy, M.E." (NBC, 1976-1983). Although the actor's love of fine cigars led to serious health problems later in life, he persevered, even returning to Broadway for a revival of "The Sunshine Boys" in 1997 and penning a memoir about his former co-star Tony and Me: A Story of Friendship in 2005. Whether remembered for playing a slovenly sportswriter, a tenacious medical examiner, or one of his dozens of other portrayals, Klugman's acting legacy was one of humor, insight and humanity.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 When Do We Eat? (2006)
2.
 Twilight of the Golds, The (1997) Mr Stein
3.
 Dear God (1996) Jemi (Miracle People)
4.
 Parallel Lives (1994) Senator Robert Ferguson
5.
 Odd Couple: Together Again, The (1993) Oscar Madison
6.
 Two-Minute Warning (1976) Stu Sandman
7.
 One of My Wives Is Missing (1976) Murray Levine
8.
 Underground Man, The (1974) Sheriff Tremaine
9.
 Poor Devil (1973) Burnett Emerson
10.
 Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow! (1971) Barney [Morovitz]
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Worked various menial jobs while training at the American Theatre Wing
1949:
Made stage debut in the Equity Library Theatre production of "Stevedore"
1952:
Made Broadway debut in revival of "Golden Boy"
1955:
Understudied in "Mister Roberts"; took over the doctor's role
1956:
Feature debut, "Timetable"
1957:
Cast as Juror No. 5 in Sidney Lumet's "12 Angry Men"
1959:
Originated role of the soft-hearted theater agent Herbie in Broadway production of "Gypsy"
1963:
Made guest appearance on "Blacklist" episode of "The Defenders" (CBS)
1965:
Starred on stage in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" on tour and stock
1970:
Played sloppy sports writer Oscar Madison opposite Tony Randall's Felix Unger on "The Odd Couple" (ABC)
1976:
Starred as a tough-minded medical examiner on long-running series "Quincy, M.E." (NBC)
1986:
Starred with John Stamos on short-lived sitcom "You Again?" (NBC)
1992:
Starred with Randall in a one night all-star benefit production of "The Odd Couple" in Los Angeles, CA
1993:
Reprised role of Oscar Madison for CBS TV movie "The Odd Couple: Together Again"
1995:
Directed "Asphalt," a play by son Adam Somers in Los Angeles
1996:
Last film appearance for nine years, "Dear God"
1997:
Again acted opposite Tony Randall in Broadway revival of "The Sunshine Boys"
1998:
Played Willy Loman in Burbank, CA production of "Death of a Salesman"
2005:
Published <i>Tony And Me: A Story of Friendship</i>, about his real-life friendship with co-star Tony Randall
2005:
Returned to feature films in Jewish comedy "When Do We Eat?"
2010:
Final film appearance, "Camera Obscura"
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Education

Carnegie Institute of Technology: Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania -
American Theatre Wing: New York , New York -

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wife:
Brett Somers. Actor. Married in 1956; legally separated in 1974; played his ex-wife on "The Odd Couple"; frequent celebrity panelist on "The Match Game".
companion:
Barbara Neugass. Together from 1974 until 1992; filed 1997 lawsuit contending that Klugman breached an oral contract in which he had promised to support her; in 1998 judge agreed to allow palimony suit to proceed; after 12-day trial in late November, early December 1999, jury found in favor of Klugman.
companion:
Peggy Crosby. Actor.

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father:
Max Klugman. Housepainter.
mother:
Rose Klugman. Milliner.
son:
Adam Klugman. Writer, director. Mother, Brett Somers.
son:
David Klugman. Mother, Brett Somers.
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