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Jack Klugman – сontrary to the predictions ...
 
Klugman was born in Philadelphia, in the family of Rose Klugman, a hat maker, and Max Klugman, a house painter, both – Jewish immigrants from the former Russian empire.
 
While at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University, his drama teacher told him once, "Young man, you are not suited to be an actor. You are suited to be a truck driver". This, however, proved to be an erroneous judgement on the part of the educator...
 
After serving with the United States Army during World War II, Klugman pursued acting roles while living in New York City with fellow actor Charles Bronson.
 
During the 1950s and 1960s, Klugman had numerous and successful stage, television and film productions, including in the live television broadcast of Producers' Showcase, in the episode "The Petrified Forest" with the famous Humphrey Bogart and Henry Fonda, and in the The Twilight Zone series: "A Passage for Trumpet" (1960), "A Game of Pool" (1961), "Death Ship" (1963), and "In Praise of Pip" (1963). In fact, Klugman tied with Burgess Meredith for the most appearances in a starring role on the cult series. The culmination came in 1964, when Klugman won his first Primetime Emmy Award for his role on The Defenders.
 
In 1965, Klugman got the lead role in the Broadway production of The Odd Couple, and, in the course of the show's five-year, 114-episode run, Klugman won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his work.
 
Klugman was an avid thoroughbred racing fan. He owned Jaklin Klugman, who finished third in the 1980 Kentucky Derby
 
In 1953 Klugman married Brett Somers, who brought him two children. Klugman and Somers were legally separated in 1974, although they never divorced. In 2008, aged 85, Klugman married his longtime friend Peggy Crosby.
 
Klugman died at the age of 90 in Woodland Hills, California from cancer, which he had been battling for many years, on December 24, 2012.
 
Sources:
 "Jack Klugman Biography (1922?-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
 

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