May 19, 2004 |
Tony Randall, who passed away Monday night at the age of 84, had a career of such length and breadth that one may be excused for underestimating it. (It takes a death to see these things whole.) Though his five years on "The Odd Couple" tend to occupy the foreground, for six decades he was active in every medium available to him -- stage, radio, television and film, even recordings. (He liked to sing novelty songs from the 1920s.
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May 19, 2004 |
Tony Randall, the deft comedic actor best known for playing fastidious Felix Unger on the 1970s sitcom "The Odd Couple" during his more than six-decade career on stage, screen and television, has died. He was 84. Randall died in his sleep Monday evening at NYU Medical Center of complications from a months-long illness, according to his publicist, Gary Springer. Randall had developed pneumonia after undergoing triple heart-bypass surgery in December.
May 18, 2003 |
"Down With Love," which opens Friday, pays homage to the Doris Day-Rock Hudson sex comedies of the 1960s. The movie stars Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor, with "Frasier's" David Hyde Pierce as the eternal sidekick -- a role Tony Randall played to perfection in such frothy Day-Hudson vehicles as "Pillow Talk" (1959), "Lover Come Back" (1962) and "Send Me No Flowers" (1964). In the new movie, Randall appears in a cameo as a chauvinistic boss.
June 10, 1996 |
"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."
November 21, 1991 |
It was the first public performance of the National Actors Theatre. Martin Sheen was ready. Michael York was ready. But Fritz Weaver had laryngitis and couldn't go on. Just before "The Crucible" was to begin on Tuesday evening, Tony Randall went onstage to tell the packed Belasco Theatre audience about Weaver's unexpected illness. And when Weaver's character, Deputy Gov. Danforth, made his appearance in the second act, Randall was playing the part.
October 28, 1990 |
Here's one mystery even Jessica Fletcher might not be able to solve: How do you persuade fed-up California voters to oppose term limits for legislators? Fletcher, the earnest and friendly author on television's "Murder, She Wrote," has a knack for unraveling even the most devilish conundrums. But now California's legislative leaders have entrusted Angela Lansbury, who plays Fletcher on the popular CBS drama, with the task of saving their political futures.