Beloved Actor Jack Klugman Dies at Age 90

Veteran of stage, film and television, Klugman delighted audiences for nearly 60 years.
2:12 | 12/24/12

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And tonight, we have late word on the passing of one of hollywood's most talented and beloved actorings, jack klugman. He was perhaps best known as oscar in "the odd couple" and quincy in "quincy m.E. " More now on on american original. Reporter: For an entire generation, he'll always be oscar madison. You win this game or not? Yeah, I'm in. New tomato surprise. Reporter: That sloppy roommate to felix in "the odd couple" about two divorced men living together. A neat freak and a slob. There. Reporter: The show, which ran from 1970 to 1975 was defined by jack klugman's perfectly dishevelled character. The clash of opposites made the show irresistible to tv audiences. Here, drink this. Oh, oscar, even animals -- Reporter: Klugman won two emmys for the role. Not bad for a man whose first drama teacher told him he was better suited to be a truck driver. Gentlemen -- you are about to enter the most fascinating fear of police work. Reporter: Later, he redefined himself with a second iconic tv character. Let me give you a lesson in anatomy. Reporter: As quincy, klugman was a convincing and persistent los angeles medical examiner with a knack for solving crimes. Quincy was the "csi" of itself time and then some. Yeah, how do you justify pumping that kid full of led if it turns out he didn't kill that girl? Reporter: Klugman made a few films, starting in "days of wine and roses" and with an all-star cast in "12 angry men." Wait a minute. Please, I played in back yards that were filled with garbage. Maybe you can still smell it on me. Reporter: Jack klugman died peacefully in his home in california with his wife, peggy, by his side. He was 90. Neal karlinsky, abc news, seattle.

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