EW remembers TV legend Jack Klugman

By EW Staff
Updated January 04, 2013 at 05:00 AM EST
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Jack Klugman
1922-2012
The beloved actor, whose career spanned six decades, from the Broadway stage to memorable TV shows such as The Twilight Zone and Quincy, M.E., died Dec. 24 at the age of 90. His most enduring role, as Oscar Madison alongside Tony Randall’s Felix Unger on The Odd Couple, helped shape his philosophy both as an actor and in real life, as he wrote in Tony and Me: A Story of Friendship, published in 2005.

In His Own Words
” What I didn’t get the chance to tell [Tony before he died in 2004] was that our friendship had made me a better human being. It made me a better father. I let my children inside now and I’m not afraid to let them see me as I am. Throat cancer was the wake up call — accepting Tony’s friendship and generosity was the beginning of an honest answer. ”

” I’m a gambler. I’ve always been a gambler, and I will always be a gambler. By the time I was ten years old I knew enough about every kind of gambling to lose several fortunes, and over the years, I probably have. ”

” …I’m hoping this book will be read by … young actors and writers who must understand that the most basic unit of any successful dramatic truth is human feeling. Not a quick joke, not a clever premise, not a multi-million dollar explosion can outperform a single human emotion. So much of the work Tony and I did together, so much of the success we had, was based on that premise. ”

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