Jack Klugman, best known for his role on The Odd Couple, has died. He was 90.
Klugman died Monday afternoon in his Northridge, Calif., home, his son, Adam, told The Associated Press.
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Born in Philadelphia, Klugman began acting after he was discharged from the Army in 1945. He started on the stage in a Broadway revival of Golden Boy in 1952 and eventually scored his first film role in 1957 as Juror No. 5 in the seminal Sidney Lumet film 12 Angry Men.
Jack Klugman, 85, whose wife Brett Somers (famous for her Match Game quippiness) passed away last year, married Peggy Crosby, his partner of 20 years, on Saturday, according to Entertainment Tonight. Confused? It seems that the star of Quincy, M.E. separated from Somers in 1974, but they never divorced. Incidentally, Crosby is the ex-wife of Philip Crosby, the son of Bing Crosby. (Klugman's Odd Couple costar, Tony Randall, also remarried late in life. At 75, Randall married 25-year-old Heather Harlan, with whom he had two children before he died in 2004.) Mickey O'Connor
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Question: Just out of curiosity, were Jack Klugman and Tony Randall anything like their Odd Couple characters? I mean, was Klugman that big a slob and was Randall that fussy? Thanks for answering this. Robbie R., Charlotte, N.C.
Televisionary: I can't say if Klugman was as much of a slob as sportswriter Oscar Madison, who he played on the hit ABC comedy from September 1970 to July 1975, but I can say that at the time, at least, he shared the character's deeply rumpled look. In fact, he said he couldn't shake it if he tried and try he did.
Take the time he met with the Odd Couple producers to sign his first contract and showed up in a sports coat and slacks. "That's great," they said when they saw him. "We've been looking all over for this kind of sloppy stuff. It's classic. We'll buy it from you." Which would've been fine, except the coat was new and Klugman considered the pants t