Odd Couple Star Jack Klugman Dies

Gruff actor died this afternoon at age 90, family says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 24, 2012 5:33 PM CST
Odd Couple Star Jack Klugman Dies
Jack Klugman is shown in New York in this 2004 file photo.   (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

Jack Klugman, who made an art of gruffness in TV's The Odd Couple and Quincy, M.E., has died at the age of 90. The actor's son Adam says his father died this afternoon in Los Angeles. In the 1970s sitcom The Odd Couple, Klugman played sloppy sports writer Oscar to co-star Tony Randall's Felix, a fussy photographer. Quincy, M.E., which aired from 1976 to 1983, spotlighted an idealistic, tough-minded medical examiner.

Klugman lost his voice to throat cancer in the 1980s but trained himself to speak again. He returned to acting in a 1993 Broadway revival of Three Men on a Horse. Klugman split his time between TV, movies, and the New York stage. (More Jack Klugman stories.)

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