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'Odd Couple' co-star Jack Klugman dies at 90; worked with Ethel Merman in Broadway's 'Gypsy'

BY ANTHONY MCCARTNEY, AP ENTERTAINMENT WRITER

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.

"His sons loved him very much," David Klugman said. "We'll carry on in his spirit."

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Happy to learn he spent his last hours with his wife, not husband.I was a little worried finding this cut and paste in this column.

Wow! I did not know he was gay.

Maria, he wasn't gay. Not everyone mentioned in this blog is gay.

Steve

Thank you very much for sharing this interesting interview. R.I.P. to one of the last great american actors!

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