Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Claim to Fame
The Odd Couple, Quincy, M.E.
Profile Bio Text
Jacob Joachim "Jack" Klugman (April 27, 1922 – December 24, 2012) was an American stage, film and television actor.
Klugman began his career in 1950. He later moved on to television and film work with roles in 12 Angry Men (1957) and Cry Terror! (1958). During the 1960s, he guest-starred on numerous television series. Klugman won his first Primetime Emmy Award for his guest-starring role on The Defenders, in 1964. He also made a total of four appearances on The Twilight Zone from 1960 to 1963.
In 1970, Klugman reprised his Broadway role of Oscar Madison in the television adaptation of The Odd Couple, opposite Tony Randall. The series aired from 1970 to 1975. Klugman won his second and third Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for his work on the series. From 1976 to 1983, he starred in the title role in Quincy, M.E. for which he earned four Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
A longtime smoker, Klugman was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1974. The cancer returned in 1989. During the course of treatment, Klugman lost a vocal cord which left him with a raspy voice.
Klugman married actress Brett Somers in 1953. The couple had two children before separating in 1974. They never divorced and were still married when Somers died in 2007. He married Peggy Crosby, with whom he had lived since 1988, the following year.
Klugman was born in Philadelphia, the son of Rose, a hat maker, and Max Klugman, a house painter. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants, though the family name is German in origin. He attended Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University, from which he graduated in 1948. While there his drama teacher told him, "Young man you are not suited to be an actor. You are suited to be a truck driver".
Klugman served in the United States Army during World War II. After the war, he pursued acting roles while living in New York City with fellow actor Charles Bronson.
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Carnegie Mellon University
Full Name at Birth
Jacob Joachim Klugman
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Jack Klugman or Jacob Joachim Klugman (April 27, 1922 – December 24, 2012) was an American stage, film and television actor.
Actor, Writer, Director
Place of Death
Northridge, California, USA
Cause of Death
(1989) TV commercials: Canon copiers, (1970s) TV commercials (as "Oscar Madison" with Tony Randall as "Felix Unger"): Yoplait yogurt, (early 1990s) TV commercials (with Tony Randall) : Eagle Brand potato chips, (late 1970s) TV commercial (with Tony Randall): Yahtzee board game, (early 1980s) TV commercial: Steak'Umm
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