Some sad Hollywood news over the holiday, when I heard that we lost Jack Klugman.
In my generation, I feel like I never truly appreciated his work. I was too young for The Odd Couple and while it was on, I wasn't interested in medical drama's like Quincy MD.
It wasn't until I developed my love of movies and started watching the classics that I came across 1957's . A brilliant ensemble cast including Peter Fonda, Jack Klugman, EG Marshall, and Martin Balsam. It's genius is it's simplicity, taking place mosly in one room12 Angry Men, where 12 jurors decide the fate of a man, and let thier biases and good sense run wild.
Jack Klugman was one of the reasons it was such a monumental film and it was also the catalyst in fueling my interest in more of his film catalog. He was able to handle drama and comedy and that makes him one of the greats. RIP.
Interesting fact about Mr. Klugman: He was believed to have been involved in a long and bitter feud with actor Norman Fell (The Graduate and Mr Roper from Three's Company) that lasted over 40 years. However, it was later revealed by Klugman that he and Fell got along fine and the feud was nothing more than a friendly rivalry.