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  • Trivia

    • Jack was the son of a poor Russian-Jewish immigrants.

    • Jack won a TONY award in 1960 for Best Supporting Actor (Musical) for his role in Gypsy.

    • From September to October 2003 he performed his one-man show An Evening with Jack Klugman at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank.

    • His most recent stage credit was playing in The Value of Names in New Brunswick, NJ in November 2006.

    • Jack was always a fan of horse racing and actually was part owner of a racing steed named Jaklin Klugman.

    • Jack was sued by former girlfriend Barbara Neugass in December 1999. A jury rejected her 881,000 palimony claim.

    • Jack is still involved in the New York theatre scene as he serves on the board of directors for the New York National Actors Theatre.

    • Jack published Tony And Me: A Story of Friendship in 2005. The book is a memoir about his long friendship with the now-deceased Tony Randall.

    • Klugman and Tony Randall appeared together on Broadway in Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys in 1998.

    • Jack shares an honor with Burgess Meredith as being the only actors to be featured in "leading roles" in four episodes of the original Twilight Zone.

    • Mr. Klugman is the last survivor of the cast of the original film version of Twelve Angry Men after the death of Jack Warden in 2006.

    • Jack attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

    • Jack won two Emmys for his role as Oscar Madison on The Odd Couple.

  • Quotes

    • Jack: Poverty can teach lessons that privilege cannot.

    • Jack: There are so many stories about injustices that I would like to do, especially about the harmfulness of smoking tobacco.

    • Jack: (on doing The Odd Couple on television versus Broadway) I was reluctant to take the TV role, ... How does a TV series follow a classic Broadway comedy?

    • Jack: I was at the pinnacle of my career one day and the next day I was put out to pasture. I felt like a race horse with a broken leg.

    • Jack: (upon the death of Tony Randall) I let more people into my life now. I never really had a chance to tell Tony what he had done for me while he was alive. Now I want the world to know.

    • Buck Houghton: (Twilight Zone Producer on Klugman's dedication to his craft in the episode " A Passage for Trumpet") Klugman took pains, for instance, to actually learn how to finger a trumpet. He got a good trumpeter to teach him how to do it.

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