Jack Klugman: Broadway dims its lights for the second time in a week to honor one of its own

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For the second consecutive night, Broadway will dim its lights as curtains go up at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 28, to honor one of its own.

Jack Klugman, best known for his role as Oscar Madison, the slovenly newspaper sports writer on "The Odd Couple," had also been a longtime Broadway actor.

Broadway theaters also dimmed their lights Thursday night for Charles Durning, who died this week.

Klugman, who died Monday at age 90, had to be a fearless actor -- he faced Ethel Merman on stage in "Gypsy" when he created the role of Herbie in 1959, the mild-mannered theatrical agent in love with Mama. 

Born in Philadelphia, Klugman studied for two years at what became Carnegie Mellon before heading to New York. He got his Broadway start in Clifford Odets' "Golden Boy" in 1952, with John Garfield and Lee J. Cobb.

Klugman worked on New York stages throughout the 1950s, and 1960s,
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