Monday, December 24, 2012

God Speed - Jack Klugman (1922-2012)


My heart is broken. Many of you know that I absolutely adore Jack Klugman. He is one of my favorite actors and is someone whom I affectionately refer to as "my boyfriend". In fact I even devoted a week to him called "I Heart Jack Klugman Week"  on this blog in which I discussed some of his films and his two top TV shows.

There was something about Jack Klugman that charmed me immensely. His goofy smile, the twinkle in his eye, his natural humor and his good nature. I was just thinking about him the other day, wondering if he was okay or if we would all lose him soon. Unfortunately, the latter assumption was correct.

Please do me a favor: watch one of Jack Klugman's performances. Watch his medical drama Quincy M.E. or his sitcom The Odd Couple.  Quincy M.E. is available on Netflix Instant and DVD and Odd Couple is on DVD. You can also watch him in 12 Angry Men (1957) (he was the last surviving cast member), Days of Wine and Roses (1962) and The Detective (1968). Watch him and try to see what I saw in him. Honor him that way.

I wish I could have met Jack Klugman. I wish I could have told him how much I adored him and how much his entertainment meant to me. Alas it was not meant to happen. I have his book Tony and Me. I got a signed copy online. It's something he touched with his hands. It's the only piece of him I have and I will treasure it always.

Maybe that's my copy he's signing.

God Speed my Jack Klugman. I will treasure all the wonderful entertainment you left us with. Thank you and I hope you give Tony Randall a big hug when you see him. God Speed.


Operator_99 said...

Nicely expressed. Always loved his performances and his presence.

Terence Towles Canote said...

Great post, Quelle. I think fewer celebrities died this year than in the previous three, but the one show died were bigger and more beloved. Jack Klugman was always one of my favourites.

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Doug Spengler said...

That was, perhaps, another major loss the theatre and film industries shared. We were lucky he managed to impart his skill and knowledge upon a new age of actors, though I fear he may have had more to offer.


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