Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

'Odd Couple' star Jack Klugman dies in LA at 90
AP ^ | 12/25/12 | ANTHONY McCARTNEY

Posted on 12/25/2012 8:54:31 PM PST by Impala64ssa

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- For many, Jack Klugman will always be the messy one.

His portrayal of sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison on TV's "The Odd Couple" left viewers laughing but it also gave Klugman the leverage to create a more serious character, the gruff medical examiner in "Quincy M.E." His everyman ethos and comic timing endeared him to audiences and led to a prolific, six-decade acting career that spanned stage, screen and television.

Klugman died Monday at age 90 in suburban Northridge with his wife at his side. His sons called on his fans to embrace their father's tenacious and positive spirit.

"He had a great life and he enjoyed every moment of it, and he would encourage others to do the same," son Adam Klugman said.

The cause of Klugman's death was not immediately known. Adam Klugman said his father had been slowing down in recent years, but wasn't battling cancer, which robbed him of his voice in the 1980s. Klugman taught himself to speak again, and kept working

(Excerpt) Read more at hosted.ap.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: hollywood; jackklugman; klugman; obituary; oddcouple
Oscar Oscar Oscar, RIP
1 posted on 12/25/2012 8:54:38 PM PST by Impala64ssa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa
I remember that 1980 Kentucky Derby in which his horse finished third. For a moment or two, I thought he was going to win.
2 posted on 12/25/2012 8:57:07 PM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa

One of the few natural born actors. May he RIP.


3 posted on 12/25/2012 9:01:15 PM PST by doc1019
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa

Really crazy, before clicking and seeing yours, this is what I planned to type:

‘Once there was a man named Oscar. Oscar, Oscar, Oscar. Oscar, Oscar, Oooooooo...

I could probably recite most Oddcouple episodes lines for line. I’m deeply indebted to both Tony Randall and Jack Klugman for many belly laughs. RIP Jack.


4 posted on 12/25/2012 9:03:46 PM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa

Here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gBY7mE2yWg


5 posted on 12/25/2012 9:15:23 PM PST by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa

I know I’m gettin’ old when my 30 something sil asks me who is Jack Klugman and who is Oscar.

He was great in the Days Of Wine And Roses as well.

RIP Jack.


6 posted on 12/25/2012 9:19:23 PM PST by berdie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa

I know I’m gettin’ old when my 30 something sil asks me who is Jack Klugman and who is Oscar.

He was great in the Days Of Wine And Roses as well.

RIP Jack.


7 posted on 12/25/2012 9:19:23 PM PST by berdie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa

I know I’m gettin’ old when my 30 something sil asks me who is Jack Klugman and who is Oscar.

He was great in the Days Of Wine And Roses as well.

RIP Jack.


8 posted on 12/25/2012 9:19:23 PM PST by berdie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: berdie

Sorry for the multiple post!!!


9 posted on 12/25/2012 9:21:09 PM PST by berdie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
You Only Die Twice!


10 posted on 12/25/2012 9:23:17 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: berdie

I also saw him in reruns of some old classic TV shows, The Untouchables, Naked City, Twilight Zone, to call him an accomplished actor is an understatement.


11 posted on 12/25/2012 9:24:07 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa

RIP Jack Klugman, you will be missed!


12 posted on 12/25/2012 10:08:51 PM PST by jocon307
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: berdie

I am in my 20s and know who Jack Klugman is, but I much prefer classic TV when comedy writting involved actual talent. Although I best remember Klugman in the pool episode of Twilight Zone with Johnathan Winters in a rare non comedy role.


13 posted on 12/25/2012 10:28:14 PM PST by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa

Never would have thought back during The Odd Couple days, Jack would wind up outliving Tony Randall.


14 posted on 12/25/2012 10:34:06 PM PST by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dfwgator

I know. Tony Randall was a militant anti-smoker and Klugman was a heavy smoker who lost his vocal cord to cancer. Hard to believe he outlived Randall by several years.


15 posted on 12/25/2012 10:40:09 PM PST by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: berdie

Days of Wine and Roses?

Might you be thinking of Jack Lemmon who also co-starred
in the movie version of The Odd Couple? That Jack
has been dead a number of years........or am I missing a
joke somewhere?


16 posted on 12/25/2012 11:13:16 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa
This was such a great show.


17 posted on 12/26/2012 12:02:33 AM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa

One of the greatest shows on television.good night pip.


18 posted on 12/26/2012 12:04:52 AM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Revolting cat!

Thank God for multiple posts


19 posted on 12/26/2012 12:07:51 AM PST by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa

Oscar and Felix are reunited. RIP old man!

LLS


20 posted on 12/26/2012 2:44:25 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Impala64ssa

RIP Jack, and thanks for all the laughs.


21 posted on 12/26/2012 6:56:05 AM PST by Ancesthntr (Banning guns to prevent crime is like banning cars to prevent drunk driving.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sivad

Nah, no joke.

Klugman had a relatively short but important part in The Days Of Wine as Roses as Lemmon’s intense but compassionate AA sponser.

In a movie that was packed with intense performances (Lemmon/Remick) he really stood out even for the short time he was on the screen.


22 posted on 12/26/2012 7:47:35 PM PST by berdie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson