25 Dec 2012

US actor dead

3:12 pm on 25 December 2012

American actor Jack Klugman, who starred in two hit TV series in the 1970s and 80s, died in Los Angeles on Monday.

He played a no-nonsense medical investigator in Quincy M.E. and a sloppy sports writer, Oscar Madison, in The Odd Couple.

Klugman, 90, lost his voice to throat cancer in the 1980s, but later trained himself to speak again. He returned to acting in the 1990s.

In addition to his TV fame, Klugman enjoyed a career on the stage as well as in movies.

The Odd Couple, based on a play by Neil Simon, ran for five years starting in 1970, but was never a hit until it went into re-runs. Co-star Tony Randall, who played neat-freak Felix Unger, died in 2004.

Klugman had notable supporting roles in such films as 12 Angry Men (1957), Days of Wine and Roses (1962) and Goodbye, Columbus (1969).

He won the first of three Emmys in 1964. The others were in 1971 and 1973.