‘Odd Couple’ Star Jack Klugman Dies At 90

Tue, December 25, 2012 8:32am EST by 5 Comments
Jack Klugman Dead
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So sad. Legendary TV actor Jack Klugman died on Mon. Dec. 24 with his wife by his side.

Jack Klugman, star of The Odd Couple and Quincy, M.E., died on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, Us Weekly reports.

Jack won two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe at the height of his career, when he played Oscar Madison, the brash, hard-living, slovenly man who, recently divorced, shares an NYC apartment with his polar opposite: also-divorced Felix Unger (Tony Randall), a fussy, intellectual neat-freak. The hit series was based off of a successful play and film.

Jack reunited with Tony in 1997 for a revival of The Sunshine Boys, however, Jack had to be convinced to return to the stage because he had lost a vocal chord to cancer in 1989.

“My career was over,” Jack told USA Today in 1997. “I couldn’t even swallow: I had to lay on my side. I lived alone, could barely whisper. I cut off everybody.” But when they reunited, “everybody was crying . . . The cast, the audience, these people who had paid $1,000 a seat.”

Jack is survived by his wife Peggy Klugman and their sons Adam and David Klugman, as well as stepsons Randy Wilson and Phil Crosby Jr. and two grandchildren.

“He had a great life and he enjoyed every moment of it and he would encourage others to do the same,” Jack’s son Adam told the Associated Press of his father, who had lost his voice to throat cancer in 1980 and then taught himself to speak again through breath control.

Our thoughts are with Jack’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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Posted at 10:36 PM on January 6, 2013  


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Posted at 11:54 PM on January 4, 2013  

Adam and David aren’t Jack and Peggy’s sons…they’re Jack’s sons with his first wife, Brett.

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Posted at 1:17 PM on December 25, 2012  

He will be missed,i liked him.

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mary helen cook

Posted at 12:48 PM on December 25, 2012  

i loved this man he was a favret of mine love quincy i bot a dvd box set of it and he was so good at the part you think he was the real thing now look what come out of that show we have bones nci and thats usa crim shows we hear in the uk have silant witness waking the dead and this is what jack startd jack to me was the best actor the usa brot to us he wood be so missed buy us all i wood have like to to tell him that i liked his work no one can do what he has dun for film and tv you see he is the best rest in pece you wood be so missd

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Jack Meoff

Posted at 8:40 AM on December 25, 2012  

Jack Klugman is dead? My God, I didn’t even know that he was sick! Damn it, I told you all that you have to keep me in the loop!

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