Every­man ac­tor loved by mil­lions

Jack Klug­man known for play­ing down-to-earth guys.

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - Byanthony Mccart­ney

LOS AN­GE­LES — Jack Klug­man, the prolific, craggy-faced char­ac­ter ac­tor and reg­u­lar guy who was loved by mil­lions as the messy one in TV’s “The Odd Cou­ple” and the crime-fight­ing coro­ner in “Quincy, M.E.,” died Mon­day, a son said. He was 90.

Klug­man, who lost his voice to throat can­cer in the 1980s and trained him­self to speak again, died with his wife at his side.

“He had a great life and he en­joyed ev­ery moment of it and he would en­cour­age oth­ers to do the same,” son Adam Klug­man said.

Adam Klug­man said he was spend­ing Christ­mas with his brother, David, and their fam­i­lies. Their fa­ther had been con­va­lesc­ing for some time but had ap­par­ently died sud­denly and they were not sure of the ex­act cause.

Never any­one’s idea of a mati­nee idol, Klug­man re­mained a pop­u­lar star for decades sim­ply by play­ing the type of man you could imag­ine run­ning into at a bar or rid­ing on a sub­way with — gruff, but down to earth, his tie stained and a lit­tle loose, a rac­ing form un­der his arm, a ci­gar in hand dur­ing the days when smok­ing was per­mit­ted.

His was a city ac­tor ideal for “The Odd Cou­ple,” which ran from 1970 to 1975 and was based on Neil Simon’s play about mis­matched room­mates, di­vorced New York­ers who end up liv­ing to­gether.

The son of Rus­sian Jewish im­mi­grants, he was born in Philadel­phia and be­gan his act­ing ca­reer in col­lege drama (Carnegie In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy). Af­ter serv­ing in the Army dur­ing World War II, he went on to sum­mer stock and off-Broad­way.

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