Jack Klugman

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Jack Klugman
JackKlugmanNov09.jpg
Klugman in November 2009
Born
Jacob Joachim Klugman[1]

(1922-04-27)April 27, 1922
DiedDecember 24, 2012(2012-12-24) (aged 90)[2]
Cause of deathProstate cancer
Resting placeMount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
OccupationActor
Years active1950 – 2010
Known for12 Angry Men,
Oscar Madison
Height5' 8½" (1.74 m)
TelevisionThe Odd Couple,
Quincy, M.E.
Spouse(s)Brett Somers (m. 1953–2007; her death)
Peggy Crosby (m. 2008-2012, his death)
ChildrenAdam Klugman
David Klugman
AwardsEmmy Award, Golden Globe Award

Jacob Joachim "Jack" Klugman (April 27, 1922 - December 24, 2012) was an American movie, stage and television actor. Klugman played Oscar Madison in the television series The Odd Couple from 1970 to 1975. He played the title character in the television series Quincy, M.E. from 1976 to 1983.

Early life[change | change source]

Klugman was born in Philadelphia to Russian Jewish immigrants.[3] He went to Carnegie Mellon University.[4] He started acting after discharge from the United States Army in 1945.[4]

Personal life[change | change source]

Klugman was married to Brett Somers from 1953 until her death in 2007. They legally separated in 1974, but never divorced.[5] Somers and Klugman had 2 children.[6]

Klugman started living with Peggy Crosby in 1988. They married in February 2008.[7][8] He was the last surviving actor from the cast of jurors in the original 1957 movie 12 Angry Men.[9][10]

Health[change | change source]

Klugman was a heavy smoker. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1974. In 1989, he lost a vocal cord to cancer. He was left with a quiet, raspy voice. He continued to act on stage and television.[11]

Death[change | change source]

Klugman was 90 when he died on December 24, 2012 in Woodland Hills, California from prostate cancer.[12][13]

Awards[change | change source]

He won three Emmy Awards.[14] Two for the television version of The Odd Couple and one for the "Blacklist" episode of The Defenders.[15] He also won a Golden Globe Award for The Odd Couple.[16]

References[change | change source]

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  2. "Actor Jack Klugman dies at age 90". abc13. Archived from the original on 13 February 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  3. Jack Klugman dies
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Jack Klugman". ABC News.com. Archived from the original on 1 May 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  5. "'Match Game's' Brett Somers dies at 83". CNN.COM Entertainment. Archived from the original on 18 September 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  6. "Actor Jack Klugman dies at age 90". ABClocal.com. Archived from the original on 13 February 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  7. "Jack Klugman Marries at 85". Hollywood.com. 7 February 2008. Archived from the original on 25 January 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2010.
  8. "Jack Klugman Is a Newlywed". TV Guide. Retrieved 18 December 2008.
  9. "And then there were none... Jack Klugman, last of the 12 Angry Men, dies aged 90". The Independent.co.uk. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  10. "Jack Klugman, last of the 12 angry men was 90". LA Observer.com. 24 December 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  11. Gliatto, Tom (31 May 2004). "A Neat Guy". People. 61 (21). Archived from the original on 9 January 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
  12. "Jack Klugman Died from Prostate Cancer". tmz.com. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
  13. Bruce Weber (24 December 2012). "Jack Klugman, Actor of Everyman Integrity, Dies at 90". The New York Times.
  14. "Primetime Emmy Award Database". Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  15. Scott Feinberg (8 May 2012). "Jack Klugman Turns 90, Reflects on Life and Legendary Stage, Film and TV Career". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  16. "Awards Search". HFPA. Archived from the original on 25 May 2006. Retrieved 7 August 2012.

Other websites[change | change source]

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