Veteran actor Jack Klugman died on Monday at the age of 90 in Los Angeles. You might remember the talented icon in his portrayal of Oscar Madison in the hit TV show, The Odd Couple. The Associated Press posted the sad news of his death with his wife Peggy by his side. The cause of his sudden passing is not known just yet. Although he had battled throat cancer back in the 1980s, he had overcome that health crisis and was doing well for his age.
His time on the set of the comedy series that was a huge hit from 1970 to 1975, proved to be a good one for Klugman. He formed a close friendship with co-star Tony Randall until his death in 2004. The funny duo kept American laughing as the Odd Couple. Randall played the role of Felix Unger who was the clean and organized roommate that was often irritated by Klugman’s messy character on the show. The two became a part of classic TV and will both be remembered as two of the most laughable and extremely likable icons on television.
Klugman went on to nab another TV series in 1976, Quincy, M.E. This time he played the role of a medical examiner who also helped to solve tough murder cases. This was also a hit for him until it ended in 1983. His family says that the actor will be known for his tenacious and positive spirit and called on fans to remember that side of him. His son Adam Klugman said, “He had a great life and he enjoyed every moment of it, and he would encourage others to do the same.”
Jack Klugman will definitely be missed.
Photo credit: Phil Konstantin/Flickr