Jack Klugman's Death: Hollywood Reacts
Condolences poured in for the "Odd Couple" and "Quincy" star who passed away on Christmas Eve day, aged 90.
Actor Jack Klugman, who was 90, died on December 24, 2012.
His movie and televison career spanned more than 60 years.
He was best known for playing Oscar Madison on The Odd Couple and the titular medical examiner on Quincy, M.E.
He also starred as Juror no. 5 in the classic 1957 film Twelve Angry Men.
Hollywood reacted immediately to the star's passing.
Carl Reiner, his longtime friend, told The Hollywood Reporter, “He was one of those people who was a welcome face on the screen every time he came on. He had that sad look on his face. He looked like a man who always needed someone to pat him and say ‘It’s all right, Jack.’ When he worked with Tony Randall it was just one of the best marriages ever.”
Garry Marshall, the producer of The Odd Couple, said he cried when informed of the actor's death.
"He was my friend and mentor and my big brother all-in-one. We worked five years together on the odd couple then spent the next 35 years being close friends."
Actors, producers and critics also remembered him on Twitter.
Among those who tweeted were Whoopi Goldberg, New Girl star Max Greenfield and critic Leonard Maltin.
A sampling of the reaction on Twitter:
RIP Jack Klugman. My dad was so proud to have starred with you in Twelve Angry Men. I'm just glad I got to meet you.— Peter Henry Fonda (@iamfonda) December 25, 2012
I worked with Jack Klugman several years ago. He was a wonderful man and supremely talented actor.He will be missedbit.ly/Y8XfbP— max greenfield (@iamgreenfield) December 24, 2012
R.I.P Jack Klugman, Oscar, Quincy a man whose career spanned almost 50 years. I first saw him on the Twilight Zone. Cool guy wonderful actor— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) December 25, 2012
RIP Jack Klugman: The last of The Twelve Angry men. Star of The Odd Couple, Twilight Zone, Quincy...and he looked just like my dad.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) December 24, 2012
R.I.P. Jack Klugman. Oscar. Winner.— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) December 25, 2012
Jack Klugman was an Oscar Madison for the ages...watched him in it 4 times a day on wpix in ny. Thanks for the memories Jack, a class act.— Michael De Luca (@MichaelDe_Luca) December 24, 2012
Thank you for the laughs, Jack Klugman. RIP.— Steve Levitan (@SteveLevitan) December 24, 2012
Jack Klugman: a fine actor who didn't let throat surgery stop him from doing what he loved most--acting. Rest in peace— Leonard Maltin (@leonardmaltin) December 25, 2012
Randall and Klugman nailing “The Odd Couple” despite age and sickness reminded me how important it is to do what you love. RIP Jack Klugman.— Craig Bierko (@MrCraigBierko) December 25, 2012