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Emmy Award-winning actor Jack Klugman was known primarily for his portrayals of two of television's most memorable characters, although his career also boasted more than 50 years of credits in film and on Broadway. The actor's early years were comprised of work on the stages of New York, on television anthologies such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (CBS, 1955-1962), and in features films like "12 Angry Men" (1957), alongside Henry Fonda. Several guest turns on the "Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1971) and a supporting role in the comedy-drama "Goodbye, Columbus" (1969) preceded his long-running portrayal of the cretinous Oscar Madison opposite Tony Randall's fastidious Felix Unger on "The Odd Couple" (ABC, 1970-75). Klugman went on to win two Emmy Awards for his hilarious personification of the sports-loving vulgarian, only to embody another iconic television character in the form of the crime-solving "Quincy, M.E." (NBC, 1976-1983). Although the actor's love of fine cigars led to serious health problems later in life, he persevered, even returning to Broadway for a revival of "The Sunshine Boys" in 1997 and penning a memoir about his former co-star Tony and Me: A Story of Friendship in 2005. Whether remembered for playing a slovenly sportswriter, a tenacious medical examiner, or one of his dozens of other portrayals, Klugman's acting legacy was one of humor, insight and humanity.
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Cast (TV Mini-Series)
Made stage debut in the Equity Library Theatre production of "Stevedore"
Made Broadway debut in revival of "Golden Boy"
Understudied in "Mister Roberts"; took over the doctor's role
Feature debut, "Timetable"
Cast as Juror No. 5 in Sidney Lumet's "12 Angry Men"
Originated role of the soft-hearted theater agent Herbie in Broadway production of "Gypsy"
Made guest appearance on "Blacklist" episode of "The Defenders" (CBS)
Starred on stage in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" on tour and stock
Played sloppy sports writer Oscar Madison opposite Tony Randall's Felix Unger on "The Odd Couple" (ABC)
Starred as a tough-minded medical examiner on long-running series "Quincy, M.E." (NBC)
Starred with John Stamos on short-lived sitcom "You Again?" (NBC)
Starred with Randall in a one night all-star benefit production of "The Odd Couple" in Los Angeles, CA
Reprised role of Oscar Madison for CBS TV movie "The Odd Couple: Together Again"
Directed "Asphalt," a play by son Adam Somers in Los Angeles
Last film appearance for nine years, "Dear God"
Again acted opposite Tony Randall in Broadway revival of "The Sunshine Boys"
Played Willy Loman in Burbank, CA production of "Death of a Salesman"
Returned to feature films in Jewish comedy "When Do We Eat?"
Published <i>Tony And Me: A Story of Friendship</i>, about his real-life friendship with co-star Tony Randall
Final film appearance, "Camera Obscura"