Mostly Credited As: Jack Klugman Birth Name: Jacob Joachim Klugman Date Of Birth: April 27, 1922 (Age 90) Country Of Birth: USA Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Date Of Death: December 24, 2012 Cause Of Death: prostate cancer Height: 5' 8 ½" (1.73 m)
Jack began his acting career soon after serving in WWII. He struggled at first along with his NY roommate Charles Bronson. A number of guest appearances on popular TV series got him noticed and he soon started appearing in major motion pictures such as "12 Angry Men" and "I Could Go On Singing.' His career now taking off, Jack would then appear in such acclaimed series as "The Twilight Zone" and "The Defenders." His most well recognized parts were as sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison on "The Odd Couple" and in the title role as "Quincy, M.E." A bout with throat cancer in 1994 led to the removal of part of his larynx, which left him with a gruff, weakened voice. But this would not stop Jack from acting. He would appear on stage with fellow "Odd Couple" mate Tony Randall in a production of "The Sunshine Boys."
Jack Klugman, the prolific, craggy-faced character actor and regular guy who was loved by millions as the messy one in TV's "The Odd Couple" and the crime-fighting coroner in "Quincy, M.E.," died Monday 24 december 2012, a son said. He was 90.
Klugman, who lost his voice to throat cancer in the 1980s and trained himself to speak again, died with his wife at his side.
Never anyone's idea of a matinee idol, Klugman remained a popular star for decades simply by playing the type of man you could imagine running into at a bar or riding on a subway with — gruff, but down to earth, his tie stained and a little loose, a racing form under his arm, a cigar in hand during the days when smoking was permitted.
He brought a city actor ideal for "The Odd Couple," which ran from 1970 to 1975 and was based on Neil Simon's play about mismatched roommates, divorced New Yorkers who end up living together. The show teamed Klugman — the sloppy sports writer Oscar Madison — and Tony Randall — the fussy photographer Felix Unger — in the roles played by Walter Matthau and Art Carney on Broadway and Matthau and Jack Lemmon in the 1968 film. Klugman had already had a taste of the show when he replaced Matthau on Broadway and he learned to roll with the quick-thinking Randall, with whom he had worked in 1955 on the CBS series "Appointment with Adventure."
In "Quincy, M.E.," which ran from 1976 to 1983, Klugman played an idealistic, tough-minded medical examiner who tussled with his boss by uncovering evidence of murder in cases where others saw natural causes.
With the death of Jack Warden on July 19, 2006, he is the last of the twelve stars of "12 Angry Men" who is still alive. Jack appeared with Jack Lemmon in the motion picture "12 Angry Men" and then appeared on the "Odd Couple" TV series in which Jack Lemmon had a role in screen version.
Jack Klugman Quotes I always loved to gamble. I never got close to a horse. Fate dealt me a terrible blow when it gave me a good horse the first time out. I thought how easy this is. Now I love being around them. A world without Tony Randall is a world that I cannot recognize.