Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman (April 27, 1922 – December 24, 2012) was an American stage, film, and television actor.[2]

He began his career in 1950, and started television and film work with roles in 12 Angry Men (1957) and Cry Terror! (1958). During the 1960s, he guest-starred on numerous television series. Klugman won his first Primetime Emmy Award for his guest-starring role on The Defenders, in 1964. He also made a total of four appearances on The Twilight Zone from 1960 to 1963. In 1970, Klugman reprised his Broadway role of Oscar Madison in the television adaptation of The Odd Couple, opposite Tony Randall. The series aired from 1970 to 1975. Klugman won his second and third Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for his work on the series. From 1976 to 1983, he starred in the title role in Quincy, M.E. for which he earned four Primetime Emmy Award nominations.

Jack Klugman
Klugman in November 2009
Jack Klugman[1][2][3]

April 27, 1922
DiedDecember 24, 2012 (aged 90)
Resting placeWestwood Village Memorial Park[4][3]
EducationCarnegie Mellon University (BFA)
Years active1950–2012
Brett Somers
(m. 1953; div. 1977)
Peggy Crosby
(m. 2008; his death 2012)
Children2, including Adam Klugman
RelativesBrian Klugman (great-nephew)
AwardsEmmy Award (1964, 1971, 1973)[6][7]
Golden Globe Award (1974)[8] Military career
AllegianceUnited States United States
Service/branchFlag of the United States Army.gif Army of the United States Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg
Years of service1943–46 [9]

Early life

Klugman was born in Philadelphia, the youngest of six children born to Rose, a hat maker, and Max Klugman, a house painter.[10] His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Klugman served in the United States Army during World War II.[11] He attended Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, graduating in 1948.[2] While there, his drama teacher told him, "Young man, you are not suited to be an actor. You are suited to be a truck driver."[12] After the war, he pursued acting roles in New York City, while sharing an apartment with friend and fellow actor Charles Bronson.[11]


1950s and 1960s

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Klugman in a publicity photo for The Twilight Zone, September 1963

Klugman was active in numerous stage, television, and film productions during the 1950s and '60s. In 1950, he had a small role in the Mr. Roberts road company at the Colonial Theatre in Boston. Later that same year, he made his television debut in an episode of Actors Studio. In March 1952, Klugman made his Broadway debut in Golden Boy, as Frank Bonaparte.

In 1954, he played Jim Hanson on the soap opera, The Greatest Gift.[13] The following year, he appeared in the live television broadcast of Producers' Showcase, in the episode "The Petrified Forest" with Humphrey Bogart and Henry Fonda. Klugman later said the experience was the greatest thrill of his career. He went on to appear in several classic films, including 12 Angry Men (1957), as juror number five. In 1959, he returned to Broadway in the original production of Gypsy: A Musical Fable. In 1960, Klugman was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor (Musical) for his role in the show, but lost to Tom Bosley in Fiorello!.[14] He remained with Gypsy until it closed in March 1961.

From 1960 to 1963, Klugman appeared in four episodes of The Twilight Zone series: "A Passage for Trumpet" (1960), "A Game of Pool" (1961), "Death Ship" (1963), and "In Praise of Pip" (1963), tying with Burgess Meredith for the most appearances in a starring role on the series. In 1964, he won his first Primetime Emmy Award for his guest starring role on The Defenders. That same year, Klugman landed the starring role in the sitcom Harris Against the World. The series was a part of an experimental block of sitcoms that aired on NBC entitled 90 Bristol Court. Harris Against the World, along with the other sitcoms that aired in the block, were canceled due to low ratings the following year.

Klugman continued the decade with multiple guest roles on television including The F.B.I., Ben Casey, The Name of the Game, and Insight. He also appeared on Broadway in Tchin-Tchin, from October 1962 to May 1963. From 1960 to 1963, Klugman appeared in two episodes of The Untouchables series: "Loophole" (1961), and "An Eye for an Eye" (1963).

The Odd Couple

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Tony Randall and Klugman in the publicity photo of The Odd Couple, 1972

In 1965, Klugman replaced Walter Matthau in the lead role of Oscar Madison in the original Broadway production of The Odd Couple.[15] He reprised the role when the play was adapted as a television series, which was broadcast on ABC from 1970 to 1975. Over the course of the show's five-year, 114-episode run, Klugman won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the series. In 1973, during the run of the series, Klugman and Odd Couple co-star Randall recorded an album titled The Odd Couple Sings for London Records. Roland Shaw and The London Festival Orchestra and Chorus provided the music and additional vocals.[16]

1970s and 1980s

After the cancellation of The Odd Couple in 1975, Klugman returned to television in 1976 in Quincy, M.E., initially broadcast as part of the NBC Mystery Movie umbrella series, before becoming a weekly program. Klugman portrayed Dr. Quincy, a forensic pathologist who worked for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office and solved crimes. He was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on the series and also wrote four episodes. Quincy aired for a total of 148 episodes over eight seasons, ending in 1983. In 1986, Klugman starred in the sitcom You Again?, co-starring John Stamos as Klugman's character's son. The series was broadcast on NBC for two seasons before being canceled. During the show's run, Klugman also appeared on Broadway in I'm Not Rappaport. The show closed in 1988. The following year, he co-starred in the television miniseries Around the World in 80 Days.

1990s to 2010s

In 1989, Klugman's throat cancer (with which he was first diagnosed in 1974) returned. His illness sidelined his career for the next four years. He returned to acting in a 1993 Broadway revival of Three Men on a Horse.[17] That same year, he reunited with Tony Randall in the television film The Odd Couple: Together Again. The next year, Klugman co-starred in the television film Parallel Lives.

In 1993, he appeared on a special "celebrity versus regulars" version of the British quiz show Going for Gold, emerging as the series winner.[18]

In 1996, he co-starred in The Twilight of the Golds and the comedy film Dear God. He resumed his television career with guest spots on Diagnosis: Murder. He also starred in The Outer Limits episode "Glitch," and appeared in an episode of the TV series Crossing Jordan. In 1997, Klugman starred in the Broadway, then in 2007, Off-Broadway revival of The Sunshine Boys.[19][20]

In 2005, Klugman co-starred in the comedy film When Do We Eat?. That same year, he published Tony and Me: A Story of Friendship, a book about his long friendship with his The Odd Couple co-star Tony Randall.[21][22] Klugman gave the eulogy at Randall's memorial service in 2004.[21] Klugman, who liked the same New York Mets whose cap he wore as Oscar Madison, started an MLB.com PRO Blog called Klugman's Korner to talk about baseball and Randall.[23]

Klugman in August 2005

In 2008, he sued NBC Television concerning missing profits from his show Quincy M.E.[24] The lawsuit was filed in California Superior Court, with Klugman requesting NBC to show him the original contract.[24] Klugman stated that his production company, Sweater Productions, should have received 25% of the show's net profits. NBC Universal and Klugman settled the lawsuit on undisclosed terms in August 2010.[24]

His last on-screen role was in the 2010 horror film Camera Obscura.[25] His final acting job was in a stage production of Twelve Angry Men at the George Street Playhouse, which opened on March 13, 2012.[26]


Cancer battle

Klugman was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1974.[27]

In 1988, he lost a vocal cord to throat cancer surgery, but continued to act on stage and television, though he was left with a quiet, raspy voice.[28] In later years subsequent to his operation, he regained limited strength in his voice.[29]

Personal life

Marriage and children

Klugman married actress Brett Somers in 1953. The couple had two children, Adam (who had a cameo as Oscar Madison as a child in a flashback on The Odd Couple) and David, before separating in 1974. He had a stepdaughter, Leslie Klein, from Somers' first marriage. Klein was married to Jim Fyfe, an actor and theater director. It was long reported that Somers and Klugman separated in 1974 but remained legally married until her death.[30] However, California records indicate the couple divorced in August 1977.[31][5] In 2007, Somers died from cancer at age 83.[32]

Klugman began living with Peggy Crosby[33] in 1988. They married in February 2008, shortly after Somers' death.[34][35]

Business interests

  • Klugman was an avid Thoroughbred racing fan. He owned Jaklin Klugman, which finished third in the 1980 Kentucky Derby behind the great filly Genuine Risk and Grade 1 stakes winner Akinemod. Klugman said Jaklin Klugman's success was the biggest thrill in his life.[36]
  • In the 1980s, Klugman lent his name to a popcorn franchise named "Jack's Corn Crib".[37]


Klugman died at the age of 90 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, from prostate cancer on December 24, 2012.[2] The New York Times referred to him and actor Charles Durning, who died the same day, as "extraordinary actors ennobling the ordinary".[38] The Huffington Post compared the two men, calling them "character actor titans".[39]

Broadway credits

Date Production Role
March 12 – April 6, 1952 Golden Boy Frank Bonaparte
November 14–17, 1956 A Very Special Baby Carmen
May 21, 1959 – March 25, 1961 Gypsy: A Musical Fable Herbie
Apr 22, 1963 – May 18, 1963 Tchin-Tchin Caesario Grimaldi (Replacement)
November 8, 1965 – July 2, 1967 The Odd Couple Oscar Madison (Replacement)
December 18, 1968 – December 21, 1968 The Sudden & Accidental Re-Education of Horse Johnson Horse Johnson
November 19, 1985 – January 17, 1988 I'm Not Rappaport Nat (Replacement)
April 13 – May 16, 1993 Three Men on a Horse Patsy
December 8, 1997 – June 28, 1998 The Sunshine Boys Willie Clark


Year Title Role Notes
1952 Grubstake Alternative title: Apache Gold
1956 Time Table Frankie Page
1957 12 Angry Men Juror #5
1958 Cry Terror! Vince, a thug
1962 Days of Wine and Roses Jim Hungerford
1963 I Could Go On Singing George
1963 The Yellow Canary Lt. Bonner
1963 Act One Joe Hyman
1965 Hail, Mafia Phil Alternative title: Je vous salue, mafia!
1968 The Detective Dave Schoenstein
1968 The Split Harry Kifka
1969 Goodbye, Columbus Ben Patimkin
1971 Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow! Barney
1976 Two-Minute Warning Sandman
1996 The Twilight of the Golds Mr. Stein
1996 Dear God Jemi
2005 When Do We Eat? Artur
2010 Camera Obscura Sam (final film role)
Year Title Role Notes
1950 Suspense Louie Episode: "Murder at the Mardi Gras"
1953 Colonel Humphrey Flack 2 episodes
1954 Rocky King Detective Episode: "Return for Death"
1954 Inner Sanctum Various roles 3 episodes
1954–1956 Justice 3 episodes
1955 Producers' Showcase Jackie Episode: "The Petrified Forest"
1955 Treasury Men in Action Episode: "The Case of the Betrayed Artist"
1955–1956 Goodyear Television Playhouse 2 episodes
1955–1956 Armstrong Circle Theatre 2 episodes
1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents George Benedict Episode: "Mail Order Prophet"
1958 Gunsmoke Earl Ticks Episode: "Buffalo Man"
1958 General Electric Theater Murphy Episode: "The Young and Scared"
1957 General Electric Theater Peter Tong Episode: "A New Girl In His Life"
1959 The Walter Winchell File Allie Sunshine Episode: "Death Comes in a Small Package: File #37"
1960–1963 The Twilight Zone 4 episodes
1961 Follow the Sun Steve Bixel Episode: "Busman's Holiday"
1961 Target: The Corruptors! Otto Dutch Kleberg, Greg Paulson 1x02 Pier 60, 1x18 Chase the Dragon
1961 Straightaway Buddy Conway Episode: "Die Laughing"
1962 The New Breed Floyd Blaylock Episode: "All the Dead Faces"
1962 Cain's Hundred Mike Colonni Episode: "Women of Silure"
1962 Naked City Peter Kannick Episode: "King Stanislaus and the Knights of the Round Stable"
1963 The Untouchables Solly Girsch Episode: "An Eye for An Eye"
1963 Naked City Arthur Crews Episode: "Stop the Parade! A Baby Is Crying!"
1963 The Twilight Zone Captain Ross Episode: "Death Ship #108"
1963 Arrest and Trial Celina Episode: "The Quality of Justice"
1963 The Fugitive Buck Harmon Episode: "Terror at High Point," Season 1, Episode 13
1964 The Virginian Charles Mayhew Episode: "Roar from the Mountain"
1964 The Defenders Joe Larch Episode: "Blacklist"
1964 The Great Adventure John Brown Episode: "The Night Raiders"
1964–1965 Harris Against the World Alan Harris 13 episodes
1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre Ozzie Keefer Episode: "Won't It Ever Be Morning? "
1965 Ben Casey Dr. Bill Justin Episode: "A Slave Is on the Throne"
1965 The Fugitive Gus Hendricks Episode: "Everybody Gets Hit in the Mouth Sometimes," Season 2, Episode 24
1966 Fame Is the Name of the Game Ben Welcome Television film
1967 Garrison's Gorillas Gus Manners Episode: "Banker's Hours"
1969 Then Came Bronson Dr. Charles Hanrahan Episode: "The Runner"
1970 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Leland Rogers Episode: "The Diamond Millstone"
1970 The Name of the Game Captain Garrig Episode: "The Time Is Now"
1970–1975 The Odd Couple Oscar Madison 114 episodes
1972 Banyon Episode: "The Lady Killers"
1973 Poor Devil Burnett J. Emerson Television film
1974 The Underground Man Sheriff Tremaine Television film
1976 One of My Wives Is Missing Inspector Murray Levine Television film
1976–1983 Quincy, M.E. Dr. R. Quincy, M.E. 147 episodes
1979 Password Plus Himself Game Show Participant / Celebrity Guest Star
1979 Insight Packy Rowe Episode: "Rebirth of Packy Rowe"
1986–1987 You Again? Henry Willows 26 episodes
1989 Around the World in 80 Days Capt. Bunsby Miniseries
1993 The Odd Couple: Together Again Oscar Madison Television film
1994 Parallel Lives Senator Robert Ferguson Television film
1995 Shining Time Station: Second Chances Max Okowsky Television film
1997 Diagnosis: Murder Dr. Jeff Everden Episode: "Physician, Murder Thyself"
1999 Diagnosis: Murder Lt. Harry Trumble Episode: "Voices Carry"
1999 Brother's Keeper Jack Episode: "An Odd Couple of Days"
2000 The Outer Limits Joe Walker Episode: "Glitch"
2000 Third Watch Stan Brandolini Episode: "Run of the Mill"
2002 Crossing Jordan Dr. Leo Gelber Episode: "Someone to Count On"


Year Award Category Title of work
1974 Golden Globe Award Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy The Odd Couple
1964 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role The Defenders
(For episode: "Blacklist")
1971 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series The Odd Couple
1973 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series The Odd Couple
2004 TV Land Award Quintessential Non-Traditional Family The Odd Couple
(Shared with Tony Randall)


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Brett Somers

Brett Somers (born Audrey Dawn Johnston; July 11, 1924 – September 15, 2007) was a Canadian-American actress, singer, and game-show personality who was born in Canada and raised in Maine. Brett was best known as a panelist on the 1970s game show Match Game and for her recurring role as Blanche Madison opposite her real-life husband, actor Jack Klugman, on The Odd Couple.

Cry Terror!

Cry Terror! is a 1958 thriller film starring James Mason, Inger Stevens, and Rod Steiger.

The crime story was written and directed by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Andrew L. Stone. The cast also featured Neville Brand, Jack Klugman and Angie Dickinson.

Days of Wine and Roses (film)

Days of Wine and Roses is a 1962 drama film directed by Blake Edwards with a screenplay by JP Miller adapted from his own 1958 Playhouse 90 teleplay of the same name.

The movie was produced by Martin Manulis, with music by Henry Mancini, and features Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford and Jack Klugman. The film depicts the downward spiral of two average Americans who succumb to alcoholism and attempt to deal with their problems.

An Academy Award went to the film's theme music, composed by Mancini with lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The film received four other Oscar nominations, including Best Actor and Best Actress. In 2018, Days of Wine and Roses was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Fame Is the Name of the Game

Fame Is the Name of the Game (1966) is an American TV-movie that aired on NBC and served as the pilot episode of the subsequent series The Name of the Game. It was

directed by Stuart Rosenberg. It was produced by Ranald MacDougall, who also wrote the teleplay, from the novel One Woman by Tiffany Thayer.The film stars Anthony Franciosa as investigative journalist Jeff Dillon. It also presents the screen debut of 20-year-old Susan Saint James as Peggy Chan, Dillon's new editorial assistant. (In the series, St. James's character is renamed Peggy Maxwell, and she is the research assistant to all three of the rotating lead characters.) In the film, Jeff Dillon writes for Fame magazine, a publication of Janus Enterprises, and Glenn Howard (George Macready) is just the managing editor. In the subsequent series, Dillon writes for People magazine, a division of Howard Publications, and Glenn Howard (Gene Barry) is head of the whole company.

The telefilm also features Jill St. John, Jack Klugman, and Robert Duvall.

Inner Sanctum (TV series)

Inner Sanctum is a 30-minute U.S. television anthology series based upon Inner Sanctum Mystery, the radio series of the same name. Thirty-nine episodes aired on the National Broadcasting Company in 1954. It was created and produced by Himan Brown. Its host/narrator was Paul McGrath.

Guest stars included Kim Stanley, Jack Klugman, Beatrice Straight, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Jo Van Fleet, E.G. Marshall, and Mildred Dunnock.

Jaklin Klugman

Jaklin Klugman (1977–1996) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He was owned and bred in California by John Dominguez and actor Jack Klugman. He showed promise as a two-year-old, winning the California Breeders' Champion Stakes. At age three, after winning the California Derby at Golden Gate Fields in March, he raced in the Kentucky Derby.Ridden by Champion jockey Darrel McHargue in the 1980 Kentucky Derby, Jaklin Klugman ran third to winner Genuine Risk. That year, he also finished second in the then-Grade I Vosburgh Stakes and third in the Marlboro Cup Invitational Handicap before winning the Jerome Handicap and the Hawthorne Derby in the fall. His performances earned him 1980 California Horse of the Year honors.

In May of 1981, Jaklin Klugman was syndicated for $4 million.

Retired to stud duty, Jaklin Klugman stood at a ranch in Temecula, California, which was purchased by owner Jack Klugman and named El Rancho de Jaklin. Among his offspring was Sky Jack, who won the 2002 Hollywood Gold Cup.

Jaklin Klugman died in March 1996 from a ruptured aorta at El Rancho de Jaklin.

Logie Awards of 1983

The 25th Annual TV Week Logie Awards was held on Friday 22 April 1983 at the Wentworth Regent Hotel in Melbourne, and broadcast on Network Ten. The ceremony was hosted by Michael Willesee. Guests included Dennis Waterman, Pamela Stephenson, Gregory Harrison, David Ogden Stiers, Jack Klugman, Mike Farrell, Erin Gray, Chuck Norris, Peter Davison, Priscilla Presley, Gordon Jackson, Shelley Fabares, Kate Jackson, Stephen Collins and Graham Kennedy.

One of My Wives Is Missing

One Of My Wives Is Missing is a television thriller (ABC, 1976) with Jack Klugman, Elizabeth Ashley, James Franciscus, Joel Fabiani, and others. The teleplay was based on the 1960s stageplay Trap For a Single Man.

Parallel Lives (film)

Parallel Lives is a 1994 American made-for-television mystery-drama film written, directed and produced by Linda Yellen which returns some actors and similar patterns of Yellen's previous work, Chantilly Lace.The film features an all-star cast: James Belushi, LeVar Burton, Lindsay Crouse, James Brolin, Jack Klugman, Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore (in his final film role), Ally Sheedy, Robert Wagner, Patricia Wettig, JoBeth Williams, Jill Eikenberry, Gena Rowlands and Treat Williams.

Parallel Lives was broadcast August 14, 1994 on Showtime.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The award is presented to the best performance by a lead actor in a television comedy series. Beginning with the 18th Primetime Emmy Awards, leading actors in comedy have competed alone. However, these comedic performances included actors from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below:

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§ – Indicates a performance as a guest performer, prior to the category's creation.

Quincy, M.E.

Quincy, M.E. (also called Quincy) is an American medical mystery-drama television series from Universal Studios that aired from 1976 to 1983 on NBC. Jack Klugman stars in the title role, as a Los Angeles County medical examiner.

Inspired by the book Where Death Delights by Marshall Houts, a former FBI agent, the show also resembled the earlier Canadian television series Wojeck, broadcast by CBC Television. John Vernon, who played the Wojeck title role, later guest starred in the third-season episode "Requiem for the Living". Quincy's character is loosely modeled on Los Angeles' "Coroner to the Stars" Thomas Noguchi.Quincy was broadcast as 90-minute telefilms as part of the NBC Sunday Mystery Movie rotation in the fall of 1976, alongside Columbo, McCloud and McMillan (formerly McMillan & Wife). The series proved popular enough that after four episodes of Quincy, M.E. had aired during the 1976–1977 season in the extended format, Quincy was spun off into its own weekly one-hour series without a typical 60-minute pilot. Instead, a two-hour episode kicked off a thirteen-episode shortened run of the series, which concluded the 1976–1977 season, while the Mystery Movie format was discontinued in the spring of 1977.

The Quincy series often used the same actors for different roles in various episodes, a common occurrence on many Glen A. Larson TV programs. Writers Tony Lawrence and Lou Shaw received an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 1978 for the second-season episode "...The Thigh Bone's Connected to the Knee Bone...".

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast was an NBC television special show hosted by entertainer Dean Martin in 1974–1984. For a series of 54 specials and shows, Martin and his friends would "roast" a celebrity. The roasts were patterned after the roasts held at the New York Friars' Club.

The Detective (1968 film)

The Detective is a 1968 color neo-noir crime film in Panavision directed by Gordon Douglas, produced by Aaron Rosenberg and starring Frank Sinatra, based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Roderick Thorp.

Co-stars include Lee Remick, Jacqueline Bisset, Jack Klugman, William Windom and Robert Duvall, with a script by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Abby Mann.

The Detective marked a move towards — and was billed as — a more "adult" approach to depicting the life and work of a police detective while confronting, for one of the first times in mainstream cinema, previously taboo subjects such as homosexuality. Here, the detective in question is Joe Leland, who is trying to juggle marital issues with a murder case that seemed to be open-and-shut at first, but runs much deeper than he could have imagined.

The Detective was Sinatra's fourth collaboration with director Douglas, having worked together on Young at Heart (1954), Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964), Tony Rome (1967), and then later Lady in Cement (1968).

The Odd Couple (film)

The Odd Couple is a 1968 American comedy Technicolor film in Panavision, written by Neil Simon, based on his play of the same name, produced by Howard W. Koch and directed by Gene Saks, and starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. It is the story of two divorced men - neurotic neat-freak Felix Ungar and fun-loving slob Oscar Madison - who decide to live together, even though their personalities clash.

The film was successful with critics and audiences, grossing over $44.5 million, making it the fourth highest-grossing picture of 1968. The success of the film was the basis for the ABC television sitcom of the same name, starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman as Felix and Oscar.

Together (Wherever We Go)

"Together (Wherever We Go)" is a song, now considered a standard, with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, written for the musical play Gypsy in 1959. It was introduced by Ethel Merman, Jack Klugman, and Sandra Church.

Tony Randall

Anthony Leonard Randall (born Aryeh Leonard Rosenberg; February 26, 1920 – May 17, 2004) was an American actor. He is best known for his role as Felix Unger in a television adaptation of the 1965 play The Odd Couple by Neil Simon.In a career spanning about six decades, Randall received six Golden Globe Award nominations and six Primetime Emmy Award nominations (winning one). On the May 9, 1990 episode of The Tonight Show, he added, "This is my 95th time on this show."

Two-Minute Warning

Two-Minute Warning is a 1976 thriller/disaster film directed by Larry Peerce and starring Charlton Heston, John Cassavetes, Martin Balsam, Beau Bridges, Jack Klugman, Gena Rowlands, and David Janssen. It was based on the novel of the same name written by George LaFountaine. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Film Editing.

When Do We Eat? (2005 film)

When Do We Eat? is a 2005 American comedy film directed by Salvador Litvak and starring Michael Lerner, Lesley Ann Warren, Jack Klugman, Shiri Appleby, Mili Avital, Ben Feldman, and Adam Lamberg.

Awards for Jack Klugman

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