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RIP Jack Klugman and Charles Durning

12.26.2012

Another Christmas gone by and two more Hollywood legends have passed on. Veteran actors Jack Klugman and Charles Durning died over the holiday.

Jack Klugman was best known for his role on the television series "The Odd Couple", taking the role made famous in the film by Walter Matthau. His Oscar Madison is the one most people have been familiar with. His face is instantly recognizable to television fans of both "The Odd Couple" and his other series "Quincy, ME". Klugman also made four separate appearances on "The Twilight Zone", an accomplishment not matched by many other actors. While he spent the majority of his career working on television, he did have a role in the classic 1957 version of 12 ANGRY MEN as Juror #5. Mr. Klugman was 90 years old.

Charles Durning had a career that spanned both TV and film and was nominated for two Academy Awards. The former pro boxer, WWII veteran, and dance instructor is most recently remembered for his great roles on "Everybody Loves Raymond", as Peter Griffin's father on "Family Guy" and Denis Leary's father on the FX series "Rescue Me" as well as parts in The Coen Brothers' O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? as Governor Pappy O"Daniel, a supporting role in Dustin Hoffman's TOOTSIE, and a role in the Robert Redford and Paul Newman classic THE STING. Mr. Durning was 89.

Both actors led full careers and lives which is more than many of us can ask for. They will be remembered to fans like us for their lasting works that we will enjoy for years to come. Our thoughts are with their families during this sad time.

Source: New York Times

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12:20AM on 12/27/2012
Sad day!
Sad day!
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2:58PM on 12/26/2012

A loss of 2 great character actors.

Both men could seemingly do anything from comedy to drama. Klugman will likely be remembered for Odd Couple and Quincy.
Durning at one point seemed to be everywhere but I will always remember him coming in and lifting a horrible movie out of the mud with this number from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas [link] I'll always remember a local critic saying the trick with the hat made him proud to be an American. BTW the movie sank again as soon as Durning left the screen.
Both men could seemingly do anything from comedy to drama. Klugman will likely be remembered for Odd Couple and Quincy.
Durning at one point seemed to be everywhere but I will always remember him coming in and lifting a horrible movie out of the mud with this number from Best Little Whorehouse in Texas [link] I'll always remember a local critic saying the trick with the hat made him proud to be an American. BTW the movie sank again as soon as Durning left the screen.
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5:55PM on 12/26/2012
The link isn't working right now. But I have vague memories of that movie. And yes, if anything could save it, Durning would be the guy to do it.
The link isn't working right now. But I have vague memories of that movie. And yes, if anything could save it, Durning would be the guy to do it.
10:43AM on 12/26/2012
I have the utmost respect for both of these men, but I can't feel too sad, as it cannot be denied that they left their mark, and lived full lives. Charles Durning had more of an impact on my life, and that's on top of his rather notable military service.
RIP to the both of them, and thanks for the memories.
I have the utmost respect for both of these men, but I can't feel too sad, as it cannot be denied that they left their mark, and lived full lives. Charles Durning had more of an impact on my life, and that's on top of his rather notable military service.
RIP to the both of them, and thanks for the memories.
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9:45AM on 12/26/2012
They are Legends. RIP
They are Legends. RIP
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