Jack Klugman

American actor

Jacob Joachim "Jack" Klugman (April 27, 1922 - December 24, 2012) was an American movie, stage and television actor. Klugman played Oscar Madison in the television series The Odd Couple from 1970 to 1975. He played the title character in the television series Quincy, M.E. from 1976 to 1983.

Jack Klugman
Klugman in November 2009
Jacob Joachim Klugman[1]

(1922-04-27)April 27, 1922
DiedDecember 24, 2012(2012-12-24) (aged 90)[2]
Cause of deathProstate cancer
Resting placeMount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
Years active1950 – 2010
Known for12 Angry Men,
Oscar Madison
Home townNew York City, New York
Height5' 8½" (1.74 m)
TelevisionThe Odd Couple,
Quincy, M.E.
Spouse(s)Brett Somers (m. 1953–2007; her death)
Peggy Crosby (m. 2008-2012, his death)
ChildrenAdam Klugman
David Klugman
AwardsEmmy Award, Golden Globe Award

Early lifeEdit

Klugman was born in Philadelphia to Russian Jewish immigrants.[3] He went to Carnegie Mellon University.[4] He started acting after discharge from the United States Army in 1945.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Klugman was married to Brett Somers from 1953 until her death in 2007. They legally separated in 1974, but never divorced.[5] Somers and Klugman had 2 children.[6]

Klugman started living with Peggy Crosby in 1988. They married in February 2008.[7][8] He was the last surviving actor from the cast of jurors in the original 1957 movie 12 Angry Men.[9][10]


Klugman was a heavy smoker. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1974. In 1989, he lost a vocal cord to cancer. He was left with a quiet, raspy voice. He continued to act on stage and television.[11]


Klugman was 90 when he died on December 24, 2012 in Woodland Hills, California from prostate cancer.[12][13]


He won three Emmy Awards.[14] Two for the television version of The Odd Couple and one for the "Blacklist" episode of The Defenders.[15] He also won a Golden Globe Award for The Odd Couple.[16]


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  8. "Jack Klugman Is a Newlywed". TV Guide. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
  9. "And then there were none... Jack Klugman, last of the 12 Angry Men, dies aged 90". The Independent.co.uk. December 25, 2012. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
  10. "Jack Klugman, last of the 12 angry men was 90". LA Observer.com. December 24, 2012. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  11. Gliatto, Tom (May 31, 2004). "A Neat Guy". People. 61 (21). Retrieved 2010-12-05.
  12. "Jack Klugman Died from Prostate Cancer". tmz.com. January 4, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
  13. Bruce Weber (December 24, 2012). "Jack Klugman, Actor of Everyman Integrity, Dies at 90". The New York Times.
  14. "Primetime Emmy Award Database". Retrieved 07 August 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  15. Scott Feinberg (08 May 2012). "Jack Klugman Turns 90, Reflects on Life and Legendary Stage, Film and TV Career". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 07 August 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
  16. "Awards Search". HFPA. Retrieved 07 August 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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