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Legendary Television Actor Jack Klugman Dead at 90

Iconic television actor Jack Klugman, known best for his roles as the horridly messy Oscar Madison in “The Odd Couple” and the crime-fighting coroner Dr. R. Quincy in “Quincy, M.E.,” passed away on Christmas Eve.

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It is a sad day in the acting world…

Iconic television actor Jack Klugman, known best for his roles as the horridly messy Oscar Madison in “The Odd Couple” and the crime-fighting coroner Dr. R. Quincy in “Quincy, M.E.,” passed away on Christmas Eve.

According to Klugman’s son, Adam, Jack passed away suddenly with his wife by his side.  But as Adam reassured all his father’s fans, his loss is not something to be sad over:

“He had a great life and he enjoyed every moment of it and he would encourage others to do the same.”

The son of Russian Jewish immigrants, he was born in Philadelphia and began his acting career in college drama (Carnegie Institute of Technology). After serving in the Army during World War I, he went on to summer stock and off-Broadway, rooming with fellow actor Charles Bronson as both looked for paying jobs.

As time passed, Klugman started to land more and more roles, including a lead in a stage production of “Gypsy”, the role that eventually led to him being cast in the television version of “The Odd Couple”.  As Klugman explained:

“[Gary Marshall] said, ‘I saw you with Ethel Merman, and she was singing to you and spitting all over you, and you never showed it. That’s a good actor that doesn’t show the spit.’ That’s why he gave me the part.”

Soon, Jack’s resume was filled with Broadway credits, film credits that include 12 ANGRY MEN and DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES, and television credits including four classic “Twilight Zone” episodes and two hit series.

In 1989, however, in the middle of such a long and successful career, Klugman thought he would never act again after losing his voice to throat cancer.  But a random, one-night-only stage performance of “The Odd Couple” in 1991 with old friend Tony Randall gave him the motivation to strengthen his vocal cords enough to start acting again.

And lucky for us, that one performance gave us another two decades with the lovable everyman that always warmed our hearts.

Jack Klugman was 90 years old.

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POP UPDATE: Justin Bieber, “Friends” For Life, And The Critics Choice Awards

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We’re going to be doing some quick video updates whenever we can! Here’s the latest! Justin Bieber begging for streams, (while you can hear him chew – ew), the ladies of Friends reunited, and mother nature. Take a look!

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Courteney Cox’s Instagram Caption Is Every Parent With A Teenage Kid

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Have you heard? It’s 2020 and we’re all supposed to music videos on TikTok. Courteney Cox is no exception. The TV star posted an instagram of her and her daughter Coco dancing it out, with the hilarious caption, “Wanna see your child lose their patience? Do a TikTok with them.”

Also, how long does it take to actually learn one of these routines? It seems very time consuming.

What I was really hoping for was video of her daughter losing her patience, but what we got was a pretty strong routine!

 

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Wanna see your child lose their patience? Do a TikTok with them. #familyaerobics

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Former Law And Order Actress Representing Herself In Court? Diane Neal Claims Her Attorneys In Abuse Case Dropped Her, Leaving Her To Fend For Herself

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In an emotional, now deleted instagram post, actress Diane Neal claims her attorneys have dropped her – leaving the actress who once played assistant district attorney Casey Nowak to try her hand at being an attorney in real life.

Neal has been embroiled in a vicious legal battle that has spanned more than two years. It began when Neal filed a lawsuit alleging her ex, magician JB Benn, was a “manipulative and maniacal fraudster,” who had “defrauded her of millions” and “violently inflicted emotional distress,” according to The Daily Beast. She claims Benn subjected her to “a campaign of isolation, terror and (physical and sexual) assault, and destroyed her reputation.” She also claims he once cut her dogs throat. In turn, Benn has a lawsuit against Neal, claiming she owes him money for property they shared, and that she frequently threatened him. Part of his case: a damning recording in which the female voice, which he claims is Neal, threatens him and his dog. Listen to that tape HERE. It’s intense.

The truth is, the story is so full of battling accusations that it’s probably best to read the FULL list chronicled in this Oxygen article.

But today, in an emotional instagram post which she later deleted, (but copies have which have been retained and posted) a dramatic turn. Neal claims her attorneys have dropped her with no warning.

She speaks directly to her camera phone, saying, “So this is my version of hell. And there he is walking right past me right there” she says, referencing a man whose face cannot be seen. “So, I have been put in a situation by my own attorneys who decided to drop me as a client yesterday afternoon with absolutely no warning, wherein I have to represent myself in court. Because this is what happens to victims of abuse. My attorney yesterday accused me of having an inappropriate relation with (unintelligible**), which is not at all even remotely, a thousand times not true. Has done all kinds of things and … saying it was my fault for being abused. So wish me luck. It’s terrifying, but I am doing this for every woman who can’t do it for themselves. I stand for all of us.”

**please note that the words here were difficult to make out. We have our interpretations but don’t want to speculate without confirmation.

It’s unclear what the nature of the current court hearing is intended to cover today.

 

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Neal played Casey Novak on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit for five seasons,and continued her acting career on NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Suits and 30 Rock. Most recently she became involved in politics, running as an independent for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York’s 19th congressional district.

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