THE ODD COUPLE TV CAST - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CO-SIGNED BY: JACK KLUGMAN, TONY RANDALL - HFSID 256944
Sale Price $360.00
THE ODD COUPLE TV CAST: TONY RANDALL and JACK KLUGMANThe two stars of The Odd Couple sign this photograph from the set Inscribed Photograph signed: "Jack Klugman", in blue felt tip and "To Richard,/ How's business?/ Tony/ Randall", in black ink. Color, 10x8. In 1965, Neil Simon's Tony-winning Broadway comedy about two men living together after separating from their wives debuted on Broadway. Art Carney portrayed the fastidious Felix Unger, while Walter Matthau was messy sportswriter Oscar Madison. In 1968, the play became a feature film, with Jack Lemmon replacing Carney in the role of Unger. The Odd Couple became a television show in 1969 with Tony Randall playing Unger and Jack Klugman in the Madison role. The series ran for 114 episodes and remains popular in re-runs. The television show was probably the climax of the franchise's run, although various remakes, sequels, and related shows have been produced. In 1994, the television performers (Randall and Klugman) took their Emmy-winning television roles to a road version of the original stage play. The veteran of over 400 television shows, Jack Klugman (1922-2012) won his firstEmmy Awardfor a guest appearance on The Defenders in 1964.From 1971 to 1974, he won another two Emmy Awards for one of his most memorable roles: slob Oscar Madison on The Odd Couple, which co-starred Tony Randall. He also starred in Quincy, M.E. which was televised on NBC from 1976 to 1983. Klugman, who was also nominated for the 1960 Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor in a Musical for Gypsy, made his film debut eight years later in Grubstake (1952). His other notable films include 12 Angry Men (1958), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), Goodbye, Columbus (1969), and Dear God (1996). He was the last surviving juror from the famous 1958 drama 12 Angry Men when he passed away in 2012 Before he graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, he served in WWII with the United States Army. Most remembered from The Odd Couple (1970-1975), Tony Randall (1920-2004) was an accomplished radio and stage actor by the late 1940s. He also served in WWII as a member of the United States Army Signal Corps. In the 1950s, he turned towards television to continue his entertainment career, eventually starring in successful comedies like Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter (1957), and Pillow Talk (1959) after a slew of minor television roles. The Odd Couple was the culmination of his television career, leading to The Tony Randall Show (1976) and the Emmy-winning Dear Sydney (1981-1982). He continued acting into the 21st century, with his final role in the film It's About Time (2005). His game show appearances probably could have encompassed a career all on their own: he racked up dozens of appearances on shows like The (New) $25,000 Pyramid (1973-1981), Password All Stars (1963-1972), and What's My Line? (1956-1967). In 1991, Randall founded the National Actors Theatre, a company based in New York City that was active until his death in 2004. Randall's inscription (not signature) slightly smudged. Otherwise, fine condition.
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