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December 29, 2012
Re “ Jack Klugman, 1922-2012 ,” Obituary, Dec. 25 Jack Klugman was on my flight years ago when I was a flight attendant. I told him: “I've never asked for an autograph, but I couldn't go home without asking for my nephew, who idolizes you.” He signed the autograph and arranged tickets to a taping of his show for my two nephews and me. Afterward, he came over and shook hands with both boys. Needless to say, he had three fans for the rest of his life. B.J. Peterson Big Bear Lake, Calif.
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December 13, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Matthew Perry is looking for a roommate. But, warning: The former "Friends" star is kind of a slob these days. Perry is aiming for a revival of "The Odd Couple," the classic 1970s sitcom based on Neil Simon's play about two divorced men who make unlikely roommates. CBS just made a script commitment to the project - a first step toward a possible series pickup. Perry would executive produce and co-write the script, but the big news is that he would play Oscar Madison, the irrepressible slob played in the original series by Jack Klugman.
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SPORTS
December 24, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Jack Klugman wasn't just known for his acting ability. He loved horses and horse racing. His death Monday in Woodland Hills at the age of 90 comes after he visited the race track several months ago, according to trainer Barry Abrams, who co-owns three horses with Klugman. They are offspring of Klugman's broodmare, Sci Fi Kin , who was sold in January. "He just loved being at the track," Abrams said. "He comes, makes bets and sits all day. That was his life -- horses and show business.
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September 23, 2013 | Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
The days before Sunday's broadcast of the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards were filled with dissension. Not just the usual palaver over who should win and who would win, but also over a departure from the customary "In Memoriam" segment and a question of who had been singled out for special tribute - "special superstar tribute," as it was described in the opening teaser - and who had not. Who was in: James Gandolfini, memorialized by Edie Falco; Jonathan...
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September 21, 2013 | By Scott Collins
"Glee" fans may appreciate the special tribute to the late star Cory Monteith at the Emmys on Sunday, but at least one group isn't so happy. That would be the family of Jack Klugman, the actor who starred in two big 1970s hits, "The Odd Couple" and "Quincy, M.E.," and who died last December. Klugman's son Adam is calling out the Emmy organizers for extending a special honor to Monteith -- the Canadian actor who died in July of heroin and alcohol poisoning at age 31 -- while tossing his father into the routine "In Memoriam" reel that will include many lesser-known actors and behind-the-scenes personnel.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Jack Klugman, who died Monday at the age of 90, was already 48 years old when he became a TV star, playing slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison on ABC's adaptation of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple. " He was not unknown, being by that time the possessor of an Emmy, for his work on episode of "The Defenders" ("The Odd Couple" would earn him two more) and a Tony nomination for the original Broadway production of "Gypsy. " But henceforth, and through seven seasons of NBC's "Quincy, M.E.," he would be better known, and beloved.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before remembering to put in for this week off next year. The Skinny: My father and grandfather were journalists, but growing up if you asked me who made me want to be a reporter I would have said Oscar Madison. Rest in Peace Jack Klugman. Wednesday's stories include a look at how long movies have gotten and early box office results for Christmas. Also remembering Klugman and Charles Durning. Hope everyone had a good Christmas. Daily Dose: The nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Special to The Times
Jack Klugman, the three-time Emmy Award-winning actor best known for his portrayals of slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison on TV's “The Odd Couple” and the title role of the murder-solving medical examiner on “Quincy, M.E.,” died Monday at his home in Woodland Hills. He was 90. Klugman had been in declining health for the last year, his son Adam said. He had withdrawn from a production of “Twelve Angry Men” at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J., in Marchfor undisclosed health reasons.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2007 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
A star vehicle as engaging as it is thematically pointed, Jeffrey Sweet's "The Value of Names" has the kind of dream roles that have attracted name performers ever since it was first mounted in 1983. The current incarnation at the Falcon Theatre stars Jack Klugman, who has performed in several previous productions of the play with his costars, Dan Lauria and Liz Larsen. Lauria also directs the Falcon staging, with original direction credited to James Glossman.
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June 10, 1996 | STEVE COX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I think we've found a home," says Jack Klugman, who has reasons to be excited that the Nickelodeon cable network has just added reruns of "The Odd Couple" to its lineup. "We belong on Nick at Nite." If ever a marriage were made in rerun heaven, it was the cohabitation of Felix Unger and Oscar Madison, otherwise known as "The Odd Couple."
ENTERTAINMENT
September 21, 2013 | By Scott Collins
"Glee" fans may appreciate the special tribute to the late star Cory Monteith at the Emmys on Sunday, but at least one group isn't so happy. That would be the family of Jack Klugman, the actor who starred in two big 1970s hits, "The Odd Couple" and "Quincy, M.E.," and who died last December. Klugman's son Adam is calling out the Emmy organizers for extending a special honor to Monteith -- the Canadian actor who died in July of heroin and alcohol poisoning at age 31 -- while tossing his father into the routine "In Memoriam" reel that will include many lesser-known actors and behind-the-scenes personnel.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
"Suspect," Robert Crais' 19th crime novel, which hit bookstores last week, introduces two new characters (and one new species) to the award-winning L.A. author's repertoire - LAPD cop Scott James and his K-9 partner, Maggie. The former TV writer, born in Louisiana, is perhaps best known for his 15 books featuring unorthodox detective Elvis Cole and his stone-faced partner, Joe Pike. "Suspect" is about an LAPD officer and an ex-military dog who both have PTSD, which makes them suspect.
OPINION
December 29, 2012
Re “ Jack Klugman, 1922-2012 ,” Obituary, Dec. 25 Jack Klugman was on my flight years ago when I was a flight attendant. I told him: “I've never asked for an autograph, but I couldn't go home without asking for my nephew, who idolizes you.” He signed the autograph and arranged tickets to a taping of his show for my two nephews and me. Afterward, he came over and shook hands with both boys. Needless to say, he had three fans for the rest of his life. B.J. Peterson Big Bear Lake, Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before remembering to put in for this week off next year. The Skinny: My father and grandfather were journalists, but growing up if you asked me who made me want to be a reporter I would have said Oscar Madison. Rest in Peace Jack Klugman. Wednesday's stories include a look at how long movies have gotten and early box office results for Christmas. Also remembering Klugman and Charles Durning. Hope everyone had a good Christmas. Daily Dose: The nomination of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Jack Klugman, who died Monday at the age of 90, was already 48 years old when he became a TV star, playing slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison on ABC's adaptation of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple. " He was not unknown, being by that time the possessor of an Emmy, for his work on episode of "The Defenders" ("The Odd Couple" would earn him two more) and a Tony nomination for the original Broadway production of "Gypsy. " But henceforth, and through seven seasons of NBC's "Quincy, M.E.," he would be better known, and beloved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Special to The Times
Jack Klugman, the three-time Emmy Award-winning actor best known for his portrayals of slovenly sportswriter Oscar Madison on TV's “The Odd Couple” and the title role of the murder-solving medical examiner on “Quincy, M.E.,” died Monday at his home in Woodland Hills. He was 90. Klugman had been in declining health for the last year, his son Adam said. He had withdrawn from a production of “Twelve Angry Men” at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J., in Marchfor undisclosed health reasons.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 1998 | JAN BRESLAUER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jack Klugman has been acting for about 50 years now, and where has it gotten him? Onto stages and screens big and small, from Broadway to the box that dwells in America's living room--including, most memorably, in the classic 1970-75 sitcom "The Odd Couple" and the 1976-83 series "Quincy." As recently as June he was back on Broadway in a hit run of "The Sunshine Boys." And now, for the next act of his distinguished career, he's landed in . . . well, Burbank.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
When he opened the door to his office, Bradley Cooper could have passed for a grip who'd lost his way around the Warner Bros. lot. His hair - partly covered by a U.S. Open sun visor - had an oily sheen to it. He was wearing baggy red sweat pants and shoes that resembled slippers. He needed to shave. The Sexiest Man Alive didn't look so hot, and his two childhood friends, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, didn't hesitate to tease him about it. "Nice outfit, Coop," said Klugman, plopping down on a shabby chic couch.
SPORTS
December 24, 2012 | By Eric Sondheimer, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Jack Klugman wasn't just known for his acting ability. He loved horses and horse racing. His death Monday in Woodland Hills at the age of 90 comes after he visited the race track several months ago, according to trainer Barry Abrams, who co-owns three horses with Klugman. They are offspring of Klugman's broodmare, Sci Fi Kin , who was sold in January. "He just loved being at the track," Abrams said. "He comes, makes bets and sits all day. That was his life -- horses and show business.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
When he opened the door to his office, Bradley Cooper could have passed for a grip who'd lost his way around the Warner Bros. lot. His hair - partly covered by a U.S. Open sun visor - had an oily sheen to it. He was wearing baggy red sweat pants and shoes that resembled slippers. He needed to shave. The Sexiest Man Alive didn't look so hot, and his two childhood friends, Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, didn't hesitate to tease him about it. "Nice outfit, Coop," said Klugman, plopping down on a shabby chic couch.
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