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A native of Philadelphia, Jack Klugman was born April 27, 1922. His acting career began when he enrolled in the drama program at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University -- and was told he was unsuited for acting. But his perseverance paid off in 1949 when he made his stage debut in New York City (where he roomed with a then-unknown Charles Bronson).

Klugman slowly segued into TV work with guest appearances on shows such as "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Gunsmoke," snagging an Emmy in 1964 for his performance in an episode of "The Defenders." Six years later, he landed the role that turned him into a star: stogie-smoking slob Oscar Madison in "The Odd Couple," which ran five seasons and brought two more Emmys. Klugman followed that success playing the title character in "Quincy, M.E." (1976-83).

Though sparse, Klugman's big-screen credits include 12 Angry Men (1957), The Detective (1968) and Two-Minute Warning (1976). He died Dec. 24, 2012.

Jack Klugman in 12 Angry Men

12 Angry Men

1957 NR

Knowing full well that a guilty verdict means death, a jury of 12 men (including Jack Warden and Jack Klugman) must decide the fate of an 18-year-old boy accused of fatally stabbing his father. But only one juror (Henry Fonda) wants to take the time to coolly deliberate the case. Sidney Lumet (Network) made his directorial debut with this Oscar-nominated drama that illuminates all the petty impediments on the path to justice.

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