The actor Jack Klugman has died aged 90. He was best known for playing TV medic Quincy, and appearing in the sit-com 'The Odd Couple'.
The BBC has reported that US actor Jack Klugman, who starred in hit TV series in the 1970s and 80s, has died at the age of 90. Klugman appeared in several hit TV series, including Felix Unger's sloppy roommate Oscar Madison in the American television series 'The Odd Couple' (1970–1975), for his starring role in 'Quincy, M.E'. (1976–1983). He also appeared in several episodes of 'The Twilight Zone'. The New York Times states that he had more than 100 television credits behind him.
He was also the last surviving juror from the movie '12 Angry Men', where played Juror #5. '12 Angry Men' is a film drama concerning the jury of a homicide trial, which starred Henry Fonda. It was nominated for Academy Awards in the categories of Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Writing of Adapted Screenplay.
Jacob Joachim "Jack" Klugman was born on April 27, 1922 in Philadelphia. According to the International News, Klugman grew up in relative poverty. Whilst he was making his stage debut in small productions, Klugman was said to have even sold his blood for $5 a pint.
From staring out in small theater Klugman moved onto bigger productions and later, in the mid-1950s, he appeared in several small television roles. In the 1960s, he featured in several movies including '12 Angry Men' (1957), 'Days of Wine and Roses' (1962), and 'Goodbye, Columbus' (1969).
He was perhaps best known for two TV series. The first was 'The Odd Couple', made by ABC. The Odd Couple" was based on Neil Simon's play about two disparate divorced men forced to share an apartment. The series ran for 114 episodes. Here Klugman featured alongside Tony Randall. As reported by Fox News, Klugman was fond of the role as well as his praise for Randall:
"There's nobody better to improvise with than Tony," Klugman said. "A script might say, `Oscar teaches Felix football.' There would be four blank pages. He would provoke me into reacting to what he did. Mine was the easy part."
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The second was 'Quincy, M.E' (later simply 'Quincy'), which ran for 82 episodes. His role as Quincy was a popular international hit.
Klugman died at the age of 90 at his home in Woodland Hills, California on December 24, 2012