Jack Klugman

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Jacob Joachim Klugman
  • Birth Place: Philadelphia, PA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 04/27/1922, Taurus
  • Date of Death: 12/24/2012
  • Profession: Actor
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Jack Klugman 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.
  • Jack Klugman Relationships:
  • Maurice Klugman - Brother
  • Max Klugman - Father
  • Peggy Crosby - Wife
  • Adam Klugman - Son
  • Rose Klugman - Mother
  • Barbara Neugass - Ex-significant Other
  • David Klugman - Son
  • Brett Somers - Wife (deceased)
  • Jack Klugman Awards:
  • 1977 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 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
  • 1964 Emmy: Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Winner
  • 1980 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Nominee
  • 1971 Emmy: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series - Winner
  • 1979 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
  • 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
  • 1972 Golden Globe: Actor in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy Series or Television Movie - Nominee
  • 1969 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Nominee
  • 1960 Tony: Actor, Supporting or Featured (Musical) - Nominee
  • College:
  • Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, PA (1948)

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