A Matinee Idol He Wasn't But Jack Klugman Was Craggy Star Of "Odd Couple"

As Oscar Madison, the messy roommate of Tony Randall in "The Odd Couple", Jack Klugman stood tall as a laugh-getter yet he grand finalied his career as the crime-fighting coroner in "Quincy, M.E." 
 
He was ever the sloppy sports writer to fans in the 70s; their "Odd Couple" was played by Walter Matthau and Art Carney on Broadway and Matthau and Jack Lemmon in the 1968 film.
At 90, he breathed his last. He had lost his voice to throat cancer during the 1980s and trained himself to talk again. One of his two sons told the Associated Press he was spending Christmas with his brother David; he had been convalescing for some time but died suddenly.

"He played the the type of man you could imagine running into at a bar or riding on a bus with -- gruff, but down to earth, his tie stained and a little loose, a Racing Form under his arm, a cigar in his hand during the days when smoking was permitted."

He was ever the sloppy sports writer to fans in the 70s; their "Odd Couple" was played by Walter Matthau and Art Carney on Broadway and Matthau and Jack Lemmon in the 1968 film.