http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-G6lcXS_Ig4o/UNqAJ3uLStI/AAAAAAAAHdY/DasNv1y9ujs/s1600/jack_klugman.jpg

It's always sad to hear about the passing of a revered actor, but hearing about it during this festive holiday season makes it even more heartbreaking.  The news that Jack Klugman died on Christmas Eve made me think of all the great performances he gave us during an outstanding career that spanned theater, television, and film. 

He was best known of course for his TV role in the classic comedy The Odd Couple, in which he played the sloppy, grumpy sportswriter Oscar Madison who roomed with the neat freak Felix Unger, doing a fine job of making the character his own after Walter Matthau's cinematic rendition alongside Jack Lemmon.

Klugman had another defining part in Quincy M.E., a trendsetting medical drama that foreshadowed the current television trend of crime scene investigators. Has there ever been a fictional crimesolving medical examiner greater than Dr. R. Quincy?

From his early roles as the streetsmart juror in the excellent movie 12 Angry Men and appearances on The Twilight Zone to his later roles on Diagnosis Murder, The Outer Limits reboot, and Third Watch, he was a consummate professional.  Even after battling lung cancer for decades and losing a vocal cord, he managed to continue working, serving as an inspirational example for all actors everywhere.

He will be missed.  May he rest in peace.

Views: 42

Comment by Marlene Dunham on December 25, 2012 at 10:20pm

Thanks Nick.  Nice tribute.

Comment by Harp on December 26, 2012 at 12:13am

Beautifully written.  Greatly appreciated.   I hadn't heard the news.

Comment by alsoknownas on December 26, 2012 at 10:09am

Klugman was immensely watchable and seemed so likable as well. The same day took Charles Durning too. They were about a year apart in age.

Comment by Nick Leshi on December 26, 2012 at 11:01am

Yeah, Durning will be missed too. :(

 

Comment

You need to be a member of Our Salon to add comments!

NEW BLOG POSTS

A 21st Century Political Dictionary

Posted by Tom Cordle on December 14, 2018 at 1:57pm 1 Comment

From The Hills

Posted by Robert B. James on December 14, 2018 at 8:10am 1 Comment

Vacancy

Posted by J.P. Hart on December 13, 2018 at 4:12pm 4 Comments

Trumpocalypse Now!

Posted by Dicky Neely on December 13, 2018 at 10:14am 1 Comment

She Never Right

Posted by Robert B. James on December 13, 2018 at 8:30am 3 Comments

An Experiment with LibreSuite Writer

Posted by Rodney Roe on December 13, 2018 at 6:04am 11 Comments

Shaken, Not Stirred

Posted by Tom Cordle on December 12, 2018 at 8:50pm 22 Comments

The Incovenient Son 1961

Posted by Doc Vega on December 12, 2018 at 6:22pm 0 Comments

Blind men describe Trump

Posted by Dicky Neely on December 12, 2018 at 9:24am 1 Comment

Not A Fish Story

Posted by Robert B. James on December 12, 2018 at 8:30am 5 Comments

© 2018   Created by lorianne.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service