Earlier tonight, it was reported that one of the most cherished & beloved television icons of the 1970's & 80's had passed away.
Jack Klugman had the distinction of starring in two popular, iconic series in the 70's, first in The Odd Couple (1970-5), then, Quincy, M. E., which started as a component of the NBC Mystery Movie before graduating to a regular, one hour series. Klugman passed away earlier today at 90 after a lengthy illness.
Klugman had acted on a number of anthology shows, including Kraft Suspense Theatre & The Twilight Zone, and had made the usual rounds, before being cast as Oscar Madison, a slovenly sportswriter, in The Odd Couple in 1970. Klugman had stepped in for the original Oscar, Walter Matthau, on Broadway, and that got the attention of playwright Neil Simon. Klugman, paired with Tony Randall, was comedy gold.
During the Couple's run, Klugman appeared on Password, playing opposite then-wife Brett Somers, and, seemingly as part of the deal, Password host Allen Ludden would appear as himself on Couple when Felix & Oscar played the game. Klugman also had a passion for horses, and would end up owning some. One race horse, Jacklin Klugman, named for the actor, was a runner-up in the Kentucky Derby & Preakness a number of years back.
Retrorebirth uploaded the open to Quincy, which reminded viewers of Klugman's dramatic range. His titular coroner championed a number of social causes in addition to solving murders.....
Rest in peace, Jack.