Fast Facts

  • Following his first audition, was told he was better suited to be a truck driver.
  • Roomed with Charles Bronson at the start of their acting careers.
  • Tied with Burgess Meredith for the most appearances (four) on The Twilight Zone.
  • Was part of the original 1959 Broadway cast of the musical Gypsy with Ethel Merman. But because he had no singing voice, he had no solo numbers.
  • Replaced Walter Matthau on Broadway during the production of The Odd Couple before playing Oscar on the TV series (and winning two Emmys for it).
  • Though he and wife Brett Somers legally separated in 1974, the two never divorced.
  • Slowly regained his voice following surgery for throat cancer in 1989; credits Tony Randall with helping to get his career back on track with a one-night stage performance of The Odd Couple in 1991 to benefit Randall's National Actors Theatre.
  • Published the memoir Tony and Me: A Story of Friendship, which documented his relationship with Tony Randall, in 2005.

Awards

  • 1973, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1974, Emmy — Best Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1979, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1964, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1972, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1975, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1971, Emmy — Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1980, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1972, Golden Globe — Actor in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy Series or Television Movie: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1969, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 1960, Tony — Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical): Nominee

Relationships

  • Maurice Klugman — Brother
  • Barbara Neugass — Ex-significant Other
  • David Klugman — Son
  • Adam Klugman — Son
  • Rose Klugman — Mother
  • Brett Somers — Wife (deceased)
  • Peggy Crosby — Wife
  • Max Klugman — Father

College

  • Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA (1948)