Odd Couple’ actor Jack Klugman has died at ninety. The American stage, film and television actor, known for one of his first roles in the television series ‘The odd Couple’, then in Quincy M.E. and in Angry Men and his many appearances in The Twilight Zone.
The the prolific, craggy-faced character actor and regular guy who was loved by millions as the messy one in TV’s “The Odd Couple” and the crime-fighting coroner in “Quincy, M.E.,” died Monday, a son said.
He was 90. Back in the 1980‘s he had lost his voice to throat cancer an re trained himself to speak.
“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.
Jack Klugman apparently died suddenly, and family members were not sure of the exact cause.He and Tony Randall were best friends, however Randall died in 2004 at the age 84, Klugman told CNN:
“A world without Tony Randall is a world that I cannot recognize.”
Klugman’s wife, actress-comedian Brett Somers, played his ex-wife, Blanche, in the “Odd Couple” series. The couple, who married in 1953 and had two sons, Adam and David, had been estranged for years at the time of her death in 2007.
In February 2008, at age 85, Klugman married longtime girlfriend Peggy Crosby.