Jack Klugman dies at age 90, starred in ‘Odd Couple,’ ‘Quincy M.E.’

By Daniel S Levine,

Actor Jack Klugman, who was best known for his roles on The Odd Couple and Quincy M.E., has died at age 90.

Klugman, who played the slob in The Odd Couple, died Monday in Los Angeles, his attorney confirmed to KABC. His family was by his side.

“He had a great life and he enjoyed every moment of it, and he would encourage others to do the same,” his son, Adam Klugman, said, according to Time.

The cause of death is not known, but Adam Klugman confirmed that his father was not battling cancer. He did survive throat cancer in the 1980s and he lost his voice. He taught himself to speak again though and continued to act.

Klugman worked for six decades in both film and television. Film fans may remember him as juror No. 5 in Sidney Lumet’s 12 Angry Men and he also appeared in Days of Wine and Roses, Goodbye, Columbus and Two-Minute Warning, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

However, it is his role in The Odd Couple that many will remember him for. The series ran from 1970 to 1975 and earned him two Emmys. He starred alongside Tony Randall, who died in 2004.

Klugman also starred on CBS’ Quincy, M.E. as the title character. It ran from 1976 to 1983 and earned him several Emmy nominations. He also won an Emmy for his guest role on The Defenders in 1964.

Klugman was born in Philadelphia and served in World War II.

He is survived by his wife and two sons, Adam and David.

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