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Jack Klugman, 1922-2012,
Creator of Iconic TV Types

Slate, by June Thomas

Original Article

Posted By:MissMolly, 12/25/2012 6:03:37 AM

In his long acting career, Jack Klugman, who died on Christmas Eve aged 90, created two iconic TV types that have now become stock characters. In the 1970-75 small-screen adaptation of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, he played a jerk who was also the show’s most lovable character. As Oscar Madison, Klugman channeled a bear trapped in a tiny Manhattan apartment with Tony Randall’s mosquito of a neatnik, Felix Unger. No matter how slobbish and inconsiderate Oscar might be, Klugman’s winning smile—and Oscar’s extraordinary patience with Felix’s uptight ways—made it impossible to dislike him.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jsulman, 12/25/2012 6:16:41 AM     (No. 9082769)

Loved both his shows. Thank you Jack. RIP.


Reply 2 - Posted by: MissileMan742, 12/25/2012 7:02:51 AM     (No. 9082800)

Oe of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes starred Jack as a despairing musician who gets a lesson in Life, and the Trumpet, from the Angel Gabriel (John Anderson)


   

 

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 12/25/2012 7:08:27 AM     (No. 9082802)

The Odd Couple was one of my very favorite TV programs. I have to admit, if I were to compare myself to one of the characters in it, I´m definitly an Oscar, while my wife is definitly a Felix. So many laughs, perfectly done. RIP Jack, you´re an original.


Reply 4 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 12/25/2012 8:16:07 AM     (No. 9082844)

Loved both shows. The loveable jerk and the mystery solving M.E. Not many actors out there who could create 2 such different iconic characters. And nobody played the loveable jerk like Jack did either.

He will be missed. RIP Jack.


Reply 5 - Posted by: Labrador Heaven, 12/25/2012 8:30:04 AM     (No. 9082860)

Two favorite episodes of The Odd Couple: Password and The Car. I´m glad Klugman and Randall remained so close and are together again. I´m certain Tony Randall organized quite the heavenly theater group in the meantime.


Reply 6 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/25/2012 10:42:41 AM     (No. 9082974)

That match up between Klugman and Randall was truly inspired. I never grew tired of that show.


Reply 7 - Posted by: Bobn.T, 12/25/2012 11:26:28 AM     (No. 9083020)

My memories of him were one of his TV shows where he did a hatchet job on gun owners and firearms. I´ll never forget that. There is now one less anti-gun nut in Follywood.


   

 

  


 

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