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The Odd Couple Star and Gypsy Tony Nominee Jack Klugman Dead at 90

The Odd Couple Star and Gypsy Tony Nominee Jack Klugman Dead at 90
Jack Klugman
Stage and screen star Jack Klugman passed away on December 24.

Famed actor Jack Klugman died at the age of 90 on December 24 at his home in Woodland Hills, California, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Born on April 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, Klugman was perhaps best known for his Emmy-winning turn as Oscar Madison on the hit TV series The Odd Couple. Klugman took over the role in the Broadway production of The Odd Couple in 1965 before the comedy was adaptated for TV in 1970. Previously he earned a Tony nomination as the original Herbie in Gypsy, playing opposite Ethel Merman. He also starred in the 1957 film adaptation of 12 Angry Men.

His other Broadway credits included Golden Boy, A Very Special Baby, Tchin-Tchin, Three Men on a Horse and I'm Not Rappaport. His final Broadway appearance came in 1997 in a revival of show biz comedy The Sunshine Boys, in which he reunited with his Odd Couple co-star Tony Randall. He also lead the TV series Quincy M.E. from 1976 to 1983.

Klugman is survived by his two sons Adam and David, his wife Peggy and two grandchildren.

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