Jack Klugman Passes Away at 90; Charles Durning Passes Away at 89

Both actors passed away on Christmas Eve, leaving behind a long legacy of outstanding work in both film and television.
Charles Durning and Jack Klugman both pass away on Christmas Eve
Charles Durning and Jack Klugman both pass away on Christmas Eve
Celebrated actors Jack Klugman and Charles Durning both passed away on Christmas Eve. Jack Klugman was 90 years old at the time of his death, while Charles Durning was 89 years old.

After a string of guest-starring spots on various TV shows throughout the 1950s and 1960s, Jack Klugman became a household name by starring in The Odd Couple alongside Tony Randall. The show ran from 1970 to 1975, starring Jack Klugman as sloppy sports writer Oscar Madison and Tony Randall as the neat freak photographer Felix Unger, roles they both reprised from Neil Simon's stage show in the 1950s. Jack Klugman went on to star as the title character in Quincy M.E., which ran from 1976 to 1983. He also starred in films such as 12 Angry Men and Days of Wine and Roses.

Jack Klugman lost one of his vocal chords to throat cancer in 1989, but rehabilitated enough to get his voice back. An exact cause of death was not given.

After earning a Silver Star and three Purple Hearts during the World War II D-Day invasion at Normandy, Charles Durning's acting career started when he was asked to replace a drunken actor during a burlesque show. After appearing in numerous plays throughout New York City, and a few small film roles, the actor joined the cast of The Sting as a crooked cop. He received back-to-back Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominations in 1983 and 1984 for The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and To Be or Not to Be. He also starred in Dog Day Afternoon, Tootsie, and the Coen Brothers films The Hudsucker Proxy and O Brother, Where Art Thou?. He also received nine Emmy nominations, most recently for his work on the FX series Rescue Me as the father of Denis Leary's character.

The actor passed from natural causes at his New York City home.


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  1. slysnide

    RIP Charles Durning--purveyor of Frog Legs, hostage negotiator at a circus sideshow in the Bronx, and Govnernor of the Best Little Whor*house in Texas.

    RIP Jack Klugman--Odd man out in his odd coupling.

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  2. thedude-abides

    Charles Durning was the man

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  3. ROFLitschristian

    Sad news. Thank you gentlemen for your contributions to the Biz.

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  4. CelluloidDreams

    Charles Durning ...so many great films:....."The Best Little Whor*house in Texas"....."Dog Day Afternoon" ..."The Muppet Movie"..."The Final Countdown"...."Dick Tracy"..."Tootsie"...

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  5. CelluloidDreams

    Do not grieve at the passing of mortality, for life's but a thing of terrible gravity. And the planets gravitate around you, and the stars shall dance about you, and the angels in heaven adore you, and the saints all stand and applaud you.
    So faraway,so faraway and yet so close.

    Nick Cave, "Far Away, So Close

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  6. SherlockHolmes2009

    Damn the sucks R.I.P.

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